The 2017 Holden Colorado is a multi-purpose truck that's available in pickup truck as well as chassis cab formats, so it can pretty much be any vehicle you want it to be. As more and more people outside the commercial environment turn to pickups for their versatility and capability, let's take a closer look at the Holden Colorado in a little more detail.
In the days when pickup trucks were pretty much exclusively a work vehicle, how they looked was pretty low down in the list of priorities for most buyers. But now they're almost as likely to be bought as a family or lifestyle vehicle as they are to be bought as a hard-working commercial tool, their styling is becoming increasingly important. The Colorado scores pretty high in the looks department, so it's obviously going to be a very popular vehicle with retail buyers. It still looks very much up to coping with a hard day's work, but it's at least as modern and stylish as any ute in its class. It definitely has a macho element about it, but it's certainly not as rugged and uncompromising as some of its flat-faced, flying-brick style American cousins.
You effectively have thirteen different versions of the Colorado to choose from, although there are really only three different grades of LS, LT and LTZ. But before you get to choosing between them, you're confronted with 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains, chassis cab or pickup formats, and Single, Crew and Space Cabs. All cab styles are available for cab-chassis versions of the Colorado, although pickups can only be had with Space Cabs and Crew Cabs.
Engines and transmissions
Things couldn’t really be much simpler when it comes to engines in the Holden Colorado as the same engine is found in every variant of the truck. The unit in question is a 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel made by Italian diesel specialist VM Motori, which is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). This engine develops 147 kW of power and up to an impressive 500 Nm or torque, and can be paired to your choice between a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic gearbox.
This isn't a heavy-duty truck so we can’t expect heavy-duty truck capability, but the impressive amount of torque developed by the turbodiesel engine means the Colorado can tow as much as 3,500 kg with a braked trailer, which isn’t to be sniffed at. The engine was significantly re-engineered only last year, and official testing puts the combined fuel-economy rating as good as 7.9 L/100 km.
The development done last year wasn't just confined to the engine though, so the way the Colorado rides and drives is also considerably better than it was with its predecessors. Like any ute, the Colorado can feel a bit bumpy with just one or two people inside. But that's because it's designed to carry the best part of a tonne of weight in the bed, so the rear suspension has to be stiff enough to handle a full load. The ride becomes decidedly less bumpy once you get above 60km/h, and it settles very nicely with more weight on board.
The 2017 Holden Colorado is available right now from Peninsula Motor Group, so get in touch now for more information and to arrange a test drive in this immensely desirable truck.