Alpine Observer

‘ Wizards of Oz’

- DEREK OGDEN

THE upgraded Colorado is the shape of things to come for Holden.

The ‘Wizards of Oz’ joined their Brazilian counterpar­ts and Thai manufactur­ing technician­s to come up with a vehicle that the maker says is ideal for Australia’s driving conditions.

“The variety of roads in Australia and the ways Australian­s use trucks means the 2017 Colorado has to be versatile enough to handle everything thrown at it,” says Holden’s lead developmen­t engineer, Amelinda Watt.

“We know customers like to drive their Colorado off-road or on unsealed roads, but we also know they spend a lot of time on the bitumen. We’ve focused on with a range of chassis changes, including electric power steering as well as engine and transmissi­on noise and vibration

Holden engineers took part in drives in Brazil in addition to completing critical local testing at Holden’s Lang Lang Proving Ground and on public roads around Victoria, clocking up more than 100,000 kilometres on inner-city and suburban streets, country roads and forest tracks. Based on the Chevrolet Colorado, the including cab chassis and pick-up, in three Prices start at $29,490, plus on road at $42,490. All are powered by the 2.8-litre Duramax turbo-diesel engine. and nearly two metres in width the Colorado needs no extras to give it street presence. However, in line with modern truck styling the pick-up wears a sleek new front fascia and upper grille accompanie­d by new headlamps with LED daytime running lights. As a point of difference to lesser models an alloy sports bar, 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome exterior door handles and exterior scalps.

The new Colorado comes with the largest range of Genuine Holden Accessorie­s, including a safari bar and LED light bar that add to the Colorado’s dynamic stance with style and functional­ity.

A redesigned dashboard with contrast stitch detail is only part of the plan to give the cabin a modern more premium feeling for occupants.

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TRU BLUISH: Under the skin there’s much Aussie input to be thankful for in the new Holden Colorado.
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