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Journeys : Aug Sep 2012
T he release of Holden’s new Colorado w ill not only have the tradies smiling, but will give families another choice in the popular light commercial vehicle (LCV) range. Designed by GM in Brazil and manufactured in Thailand, Colorado comes in a choice of three body styles – single cab, space cab and crew cab. The Colorado is available with 4x 2 or 4x4 drive trains in four trim levels – DX, LX, LT and LTZ. In total you have 26 model combinations to choose from – something for ever yone! At entry level, the DX single cab 4x2 manual transmission is the only model offering a 4-cylinder 2.5 litre Duramax turbo diesel engine w ith 3.0 tonne towing capacity and capable of carrying one tonne. The remainder of the model range offers a 4-cylinder 2.8 litre Duramax turbo diesel engine in either a 5-speed manual or 6-speed auto transmission. The larger engine is capable of towing 3.5 tonnes and has a one-tonne payload (1.4 tonne on some models). Fuel consumption across the range will vary between high 7s for the 4x2 and low 9s for the 4x4 models. Pricing starts at $26,990 for the entry level DX 4x2 single cab up to $51,990 for the top of the range LTZ 4x4 crew cab. With many and varied interiors across all of the Holden range, the introduction of alloy trim in the Colorado break s up the monotony of the harsh black plastic. The inter ior is well designed with ever ything in easy reach. Seats are comfortable and head and leg room are more than adequate. The crew cab includes a centre-rear lap-sash seat belt, but only the LTZ g ives you a centre-rear head restraint. Standard safety features across the range include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Traction Control System (TCS), hydraulic Brake Assist, front airbags for driver and passenger and full-length curtain airbags. Holden has chosen to not include side airbags. The full range also offers Bluetooth connectivity, USB input with iPod connectivity, power windows and air-conditioning (LTZ gets climate control). You can customise your Colorado w ith a choice of 38 indiv idual accessories or have Holden do the hard work for you by choosing one of their Accessory Packs – Essentials, Trade, Predator or Nullabor Packs cater for everyone from tradies to grey nomads. And the drive? We travelled every thing from motorways to bush tracks and even hooked a 3.0 tonne excavator on the back to test the tow ing capability. On-road, the ride was comfortable – the Colorado handled well and certainly makes the grade as the family mode of transport. It will tow the boat or caravan w ithout impacting on overall handling and performance. Off-road, as we traversed the hills overlooking the Lockyer Valley, it was basically point and steer in the auto – the Colorado does the work for you holding the vehicle on steep descents whilst giving you the power you need for the steep ascents. It ploughs through the mud with ease and handles the rocky stuff without any issues. The beauty of it is you can then go home, give it a wash and be dropping the kids at school and doing the groceries the next day – any wonder families love these LCVs! ANCAP ★★★★★ (Applies to the crew-cab var ia nt s (4x4 and 4x2). Single-cab and space-c ab variants are unrated Green Rating ★ ★ 1⁄2 Lindy George trials Holden’s new Colorado in Queensland’s Lockyer Valley Big wrap for Big Red Life on the move August / September 2012 47
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