Ori­gin stage for Holden Colorado re­veal

The Tribune (NZ) - - MIDWEEK MOTORING -

Holden’s facelifted Colorado ute has made its public de­but at the fi­nal game of the 2016 State of Ori­gin se­ries in Syd­ney.

It’s not go­ing on sale in Aus­tralia and New Zealand un­til Septem­ber, but Holden de­cided Wed­nes­day night’s big game was the per­fect venue to in­tro­duce re­designed Colorado with its fresh styling, ex­tended range of ac­ces­sories and a raft of high-tech ad­di­tions from ad­vanced con­nec­tiv­ity to ac­tive safety fea­tures.

The Colorado was used to carry the State of Ori­gin tro­phy out to se­ries win­ner, Queens­land.

Holden’s New Zealand man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Kris­tian Aquilina says the Colorado is a key ve­hi­cle in Holden’s fu­ture prod­uct port­fo­lio. ‘‘Colorado has res­onated well with cus­tomers in a seg­ment that has al­most dou­bled in sales in the last 10 years, and we’re con­fi­dent the new ver­sion will build on this and re­de­fine cus­tomer ex­pec­ta­tions of what a truck can be,’’ Aquilina says.

‘‘Not only does it come with the new styling,but it also of­fers car­like re­fine­ment, ride and han­dling as well as ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies unique to this seg­ment in­clud­ing Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto con­nec­tiv­ity.

‘‘Colorado is also the only ve­hi­cle in the 4x4 util­ity ve­hi­cle seg­ment to of­fer re­mote win­dow ac­ti­va­tion – a fea­ture we ex­pect to be pop­u­lar with cus­tomers in warmer parts of New Zealand.’’

Colorado’s tech­nol­ogy of­fer­ing pro­vides no­table safety en­hance­ments, in­clud­ing a new for­ward fac­ing cam­era with ac­tive safety fea­tures such as for­ward col­li­sion alert and lane de­par­ture warn­ing. For low speed ma­noeu­vres, driv­ers are as­sisted by front and rear park as­sist on se­lected ve­hi­cles and rear view cam­era across the range.

In­side its new in­te­rior, Colo- rado boasts a new MyLink in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem equipped with the Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto con­nec­tiv­ity de­liv­ered through a colour touch­screen housed in the ve­hi­cle’s cen­tre stack.

A new range of ac­ces­sories will rep­re­sent the largest ve­hi­cle line ac­ces­sory range Holden has ever pro­duced, says the com­pany.

En­gi­neer­ing man­ager of ac­ces­sories Joseph Basile says the ex­tended range of ac­ces­sories avail­able on the 2017 Colorado was di­rectly in­spired by the Colorado Xtreme show truck that was dis­played at the re­cent Fiel­d­ays. and will bet­ter al­low cus­tomers to tai­lor their ve­hi­cle to their spe­cific lifestyle.

‘‘When we re­vealed the Colorado Xtreme show truck we re­ceived over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive feedback, and that has driven us to make sure we in­cluded as many of the con­cept ac­ces­sories as we could, into the fi­nal Colorado pro­gram,’’ Mr Basile says.

‘‘In the com­ing months, the new Colorado will de­liver a plethora of all-new ac­ces­sories to its range in­clud­ing a sa­fari bar, fender flares, LED driv­ing lights, 18-inch wheels and all-ter­rain tyres.’’

This pho­to­graph, sup­plied by Holden, shows the lines of the re­freshed Colorado.

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