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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, March 11, 2017
HE 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 improving
refinement and driveability with a range of
chassis changes, including electric power
steering as well as engine and transmission
noise and vibration refinements.”
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
Based on the Chevrolet Colorado, the
Australian model comes in five variants,
including cab chassis and pick-up, in three
levels of specification – LS, LT and LTZ.
Prices start at $29,490, plus on road costs for
the LS Single Cab cab chassis and top off with
the LTZ Crew Cab pick-up at $42,490. All are
powered by the 2.8-litre Duramax turbo-diesel
At almost five-and-a-half metres long 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
the top LTZ has been hooked up with 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
A redesigned dashboard with contrast stitch
detail is only part of the plan to give the cabin a
modern more premium feeling for occupants.
Matching the upgrade in automotive
technology are a clean instrument cluster and
centre console, while further luxury can be
added with optional heated leather appointed
seats on the LTZ.
GM continues to be up with the best in
connectivity of vehicles to personal information
and entertainment and Colorado is no
exception with the next generation of Holden’s
award-winning MyLink infotainment system.
An 8.0-inch colour touch screen, among
the largest in class, on the LTZ offers mobile
phone connection through Apple CarPlay or
Android Auto. Features are accessed through
simple screen-based icons or Siri Eyes Free and
Smartphone voice recognition. Drivers have
access to a wide range of in-car apps.
The new Colorado benefits from the Duramax
2 turbo-diesel 2.8-litre engine mated, in our test
vehicle, to a six-speed automatic transmission
with optional manual mode with sequential
shifting via the gear lever.
Maximum power output is a 147 kW there’s
maximum torque of 500 Nm between 2000 and
2200 rpm. Much emphasis has been put on
keeping the unit quiet and smooth running. It
has a Euro 5 emission rating thanks, in part, to
a diesel particulate filter.
With seven airbags standard across the range
and a suite of active safety measures depending
on model, the new Colorado gained a five-star
ANCAP safety rating.
As well as rear park assist and reversing
camera and auto on / off headlamps other safety
measures include electronic stability control
incorporating anti-lock braking, electronic brake
force distribution, roll-over mitigation, traction
control, hill start assist, trailer sway control,
hill descent control, front park assist, forward
collision alert, lane departure warning, tyre
pressure monitoring and rain sensing wipers.
The work done by engineers on the Colorado
Duramax 2 engine include the fitting of an
Engine Acoustic Pack. This has a metal one-
piece timing cover (previously a two-piece
plastic one), new injectors, oil pan insulators
and relocation of the twin balance shafts.
Structural changes to the engine, as well as fuel
injection upgrades also play their part.
The result is cabin ambience on a par with
many sedans and a degree of stress-less driving
on and off the bitumen. The latter at the behest
of an transfer case electronically activated by a
knob on the centre console.
Two-wheel high, four-wheel high, or four-
wheel low modes can be engaged, while
‘neutral’ ensures no drive goes to the wheels.
Many tradies these days value their work
vehicle as a weekend family recreation vehicle,
using a trailer for work gear during the week.
Towing ability, therefore, climbs the shopping
list when buying a pick-up.
The Colorado’s towing capacity of a braked
trailer is 3500 kg, the unbraked capacity is the
legal maximum of 750 kg. With a trailer hooked
up, the gross combined mass for vehicle,
payload and braked trailer combined is 6000 kg.
With the tailgate down, the loading lip is
relatively high and requires quite a lift into the
tray. Sadly, some people also had a struggle to
snap on the soft tonneau cover. There may be a
knack but it’s not obvious.
With the toughness of a small truck and the
ride and good handling thanks to the Aussie
engineering connection, the new Holden
Colorado carries a genuine homeland appeal.
For more information contact Mildura Holden
LMCT 11142, 689-691 Fifteenth St, Mildura,
5024 4500 or visit milduraholden.com.au.
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 improving refinement
and driveability with a range of
chassis changes, including electric
power steering as well as engine
and transmission noise and
‘Wizards of Oz’ cast
spell on Colorado
‘Wizards of Oz’ cast
spell on Colorado
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