Tested: Holden Colorado LTZ ute

By: Matt Wood

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The 4x4 Holden Colorado covers 1 ton capacity single cab and dual cab configurations as well as the Colorado 7 SUV, Matt Wood reports.

Tested: Holden Colorado LTZ ute
Tested: The Holden Colorado LTZ dual cab ute

The Holden Colorado has copped a few new refinements for 2014. Power and torque are up and so is towing capacity.

A six speed manual transmission is now available along with a new factory bull bar and roll bar package.

And just to ice the improvement cake Holden have added its Mylink touch screen entertainment system to the Colorado as well as releasing a new colour called Orange Rock.

According to Phillip Brook, Holden’s Executive Director of Vehicle Sales the SUV segment of the car market is currently the second biggest behind small cars in the Australian market.

This segment quite often features Light Commercial based vehicles. In fact Holden claims there are quite often between 3 and 4 light commercials featured in the top 10 selling vehicles in this country.

The "Think Holden" marketing appears to be gathering pace as GMH seeks to claw back market share in key areas.

The Colorado’s 2.8 litre Duramax 2 turbo diesel engine has been tweaked, boosting power from 132kW to 147kW, Torque on automatic models has been bumped up to a very respectable 500Nm.

Manual torque however remains at 440Nm. The Mylink entertainment system is now standard on all models in the 15 strong line-up; except for the base workhorse DX single cab 4x4.

Towing capacity is at a class standard 3,500kg braked.  

Pricing remains for the MY14 Colorado remains at 2013 levels, however there has been a $200.00 increase in price on automatic models.

Matt Wood recently drove the barred out Orange Rock machine and took the dual cab 4x4 LTZ bush to see how Holden’s tough truck handles both the urban grind and the mud and dirt.

He found the Colorado’s refinement and light commercial origins hard to ignore.

Watch out for the video review online next week on NewFarmMachinery.com.au

Read the full report on Matt’s Colorado test drive in the upcoming December edition of NewFarmMachinery magazine, on-sale December 23. Subscribe to the magazine to receive each issue at your doorstep.

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