Holden chose the (rel­a­tive) wilds of Great Bar­rier Is­land for the lo­cal re­veal of its new Colorado Z71 Xtreme. NZ4WD Edi­tor Ross MacKay went along for the ride.


While I’m well used to fly­ing off to ex­otic spots for press launches, Holden NZ’s in­vite to Great Bar­rier Is­land, in Auck­land’s Hau­raki Gulf, was a first. I’m al­most em­bar­rassed to say that, though al­most close enough to touch for most Auck­lan­ders, I was one of the many who had been ‘mean­ing to’ but never quite got around to vis­it­ing the place. Get­ting there was as easy as driv­ing out to the air­port and tak­ing a half-hour ( small) plane ride to the north and east be­fore a spec­tac­u­larly side- on land­ing into a vig­or­ous westerly on the nor-west fac­ing airstrip at Claris ( on the east­ern side of the is­land). The big sur­prise, once be­hind the wheel of the new lim­ited edi­tion Xtreme, was twofold; how good the roads are, and how ‘modern’ the lo­cal ve­hi­cle fleet is. Like most ‘ typ­i­cal bloody Main­lan­ders’ I laboured un­der the im­pres­sion that the Bar­rier was still a refuge for ‘old hip­pies and rusty Lada Ni­vas.’ Not so now ap­par­ently, with most of the key link­ing roads still nar­row but well sealed, and many of the more de­sir­able build­ing sites now oc­cu­pied by funky ar­chi­tect­de­signed week­end/ sum­mer hol­i­day baches. ” That’s a bit flash for around here,” laughed a lo­cal mum in a well-used Toy­ota who we had stopped for on a par­tic­u­larly tight stretch of gravel road on the way back up from one of the many gor­geous bush-lined bays dot­ted along both coasts. But she was taken more, me­thinks, by the gar­ish ( not to men­tion un­nat­u­rally clean) ‘nu­clear’ or­ange colour of our test ve­hi­cle rather than the, er, $ 79,990 RRP. We saw plenty of other late model TD DC utes and top end SUVs on our trav­els. So had ours, say, been white, and cov­ered with a layer of dust and manuka pollen, I’m sure all we would have got was a nod of the

head and or ( lo­cal sig­na­ture) cheery wave! Cer­tainly, you’d be hard pressed to find a bet­ter all­round ve­hi­cle for ‘ is­land life’ than a modern TD DC ute. Whether you would want to plumb for an ab­so­lute top-ofthe-liner like the Xtreme is the moot point. Holden cer­tainly be­lieves many will. “The top end of LCV mar­ket con­tin­ues to de­velop, and we’re see­ing a grow­ing num­ber of cus­tomers de­mand­ing greater off-road ca­pa­bil­ity,” says Ina Economopou­los, Prod­uct Mar­ket­ing Man­ager at Holden NZ. “The Colorado Xtreme was a con­cept car that res­onated with our cus­tomers, and to not only put it into pro­duc­tion, but el­e­vate it, is very ex­cit­ing. “As a base ve­hi­cle, Colorado Z71 is al­ready very ca­pa­ble, so we’ve ex­panded our Gen­uine Ac­ces­sories range for ad­di­tional off-road ca­pa­bil­ity.” Set­ting the Xtreme apart from any other pro­duc­tion TD DC ute on the mar­ket is a front winch bar and Warn winch aka ‘the Holden Winch sys­tem.’ To­gether, the bar and winch weighs more, so Holden’s en­gi­neers have also swapped out the front springs and dampers for heav­ier duty items to suit. Oth­er­wise the Xtreme is all Z71 – mean­ing a 2.8 litre Du­ra­max Turbo Diesel en­gine, 500Nm of torque and a 3.5 tonne tow­ing ca­pac­ity, seven-speed auto trans and the fol­low­ing gen­uine ac­ces­sories: Ve­hi­cle re­cov­ery kit. Com­plete tow­ing pack­age. Roof tray kit. Rear steel step. Sus­pen­sion kit ( front). Fen­der flares. Colorado brand­ing on tail­gate.

Xtreme brand­ing de­cal. Black tubu­lar side steps pack­age. Black grille. Soft ton­neau cover. Bon­net bulge. 18-inch goodyear all ter­rain tyres Wran­gler 265/ 60R18. Black ex­tended sports bar. So, if you like the idea of a tough­ened up and wellac­ces­sories ‘ fac­tory’ ute ( i. e. which comes with a full three- year war­ranty on both truck and all ac­ces­sories) the new Xtreme could well be right up your al­ley. Bet­ter be quick though, be­cause like Mit­subishi NZ with i ts Hunt­away, the Xtreme is a strictly lim­ited of­fer­ing, with just 30 avail­abel na­tion­wide. “It ’s cer­tainly go­ing to be a very ex­clu­sive model, Ina Economopou­los con­firmed when we asked the ques­tion ( as you do!). “We’re lim­it­ing num­bers to es­sen­tially one per au­tho­rised Holden dealer na­tion­wide – mean­ing there are only 30 avail­able when it goes on sale in No­vem­ber.” “The rec­om­mended re­tail price for the new model is $ 79,990 which in­cludes three years’ free cer­ti­fied ser­vic­ing, three years’ road­side as­sis­tance sup­port and a three- year war­ranty. Con­sid­er­ing the lim­ited num­ber of ve­hi­cles avail­able, cus­tomers are en­cour­aged to regis­ter their in­ter­est with their lo­cal dealer to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.”

Please note:

NB: The NZ launch ve­hi­cle which ap­pears in these pho­tos has been fit ted with an op­tional snorkel kit, which has a RRP ( in­stalled incl. GST) of $ 1,160. The Rec­om­mended Re­tail Price ( RRP) for ac­ces­sories and op­tions in­cludes GST and rec­om­mended fit ting and labour costs.

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