Colorado taken to the ‘Xtreme’

Albany Extra - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

The march of the four-door utes in Aus­tralia con­tin­ues re­lent­lessly.

Holden has an­nounced a new spe­cial model, tagged the Colorado Z71 Xtreme. It is based on the Colorado Xtreme con­cept ve­hi­cle un­veiled at the Bangkok In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show in 2016.

The great ma­jor­ity of utes sold in Aus­tralia are built in Thai­land, hence the use of that rapidly grow­ing mo­tor show as a launch venue.

The Holden Z1 Xtreme uses a bun­dle of pop­u­lar ac­ces­sories, many of them de­signed and built by Holden’s Port Mel­bourne-based de­sign team. Based on the top-ofthe-range Colorado Z71, it has a black ra­di­a­tor grille, a bon­net bulge, fender flares, black tubu­lar side steps, “Xtreme” de­cals and a soft ton­neau cover.

It rides on Goodyear All-Ter­rain Wran­gler tyres with di­men­sions of 265/60R18.

Holden tells us the Xtreme has a best-in-class winch sys­tem that’s equipped with a heavy-duty bash plate, as well as 10,000lb load ca­pac­ity and a 30m syn­thetic line.

Though many utes are only used for on-road run­ning and are vir­tu­ally pas­sen­ger cars, some own­ers are de­mand­ing real off-road abil­ity, says Holden’s prod­uct mar­ket­ing man­ager An­dre Scott.

“The top end of LCV mar­ket con­tin­ues to de­velop, and we’re see­ing a grow­ing num­ber of cus­tomers de­mand­ing greater off-road ca­pa­bil­ity,” he says. “As a base ve­hi­cle, Colorado Z71 is al­ready very ca­pa­ble, so we’ve ex­panded our gen­uine ac­ces­sories range for ad­di­tional off-road ca­pa­bil­ity. Cue the Holden winch sys­tem, the Xtreme’s hero ac­ces­sory, which is a gamechanger.”

The Colorado is pow­ered by a 2.8litre turbo-diesel that has 147kW of power and a handy 500Nm of torque. All have a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. It boasts a 3.5tonne tow­ing ca­pac­ity.

The Colorado Z71 Xtreme is priced at $69,990 drive-away and will be avail­able at Holden deal­ers from Oc­to­ber 1.

It’s likely to prove very pop­u­lar so con­tact your Holden dealer as soon as pos­si­ble.

We’ve ex­panded our gen­uine ac­ces­sories range for ad­di­tional off-road ca­pa­bil­ity.

An­dre Scott

Your lo­cal Holden dealer is Al­bany City Mo­tors 9842 8000.

With bold styling and plenty of black de­tails, the Holden Colorado Z71 Xtreme is in­tended for se­ri­ous off-road use.

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