The old Colorado was a pretty competitive vehicle, offering a good balance between comfort and utility. The new generation moves this heritage even further and is a completely new vehicle designed from the ground up to respect the contemporary requirements of pickup trucks.
The 2012 Holden Colorado shares the same platform and technology with the Isuzu D-Max, but it’s equipped with its own GM engines.
Similarly with the old model, the new Holden Colorado is offered with regular, extended and crew cabs. The vehicle is offered with a choice of two engines which come with 2,5 and 2,8 liter displacements.
The 2012 Holden Colorado features a modern exterior style which is enhanced by a series of bold and dynamic lines borrowed from the Colorado concept, presented in 2011.
Every piece of the body received maximum attention from Holden’s engineers and the truck’s bodylines gel great with each other, forming an attractive metallic skin.
The front radiator grille features a modern design and is split in two sections by a thick bar which also bares the company’s badge in its center.
The sleek headlights are mounted high on each side of the grille and come with integrated LEDs.
Outside there is also plenty of chrome that can be found around the grille border, door handles, tailgate handle, mirror caps, headlamps and fog lamps surroundings.
The load bed measures 1.48m x1.53m which is pretty good, but the four tie-down points don’t seem to be particularly well located and there’s no lip on the tray either.
Step inside and you’ll find one of the most futuristic interiors available on today’s market. There is also plenty of space and enough leg and head room for both the driver and front passengers. Most of the plastics are part of the high class and the materials are among the best you’ll find around as well.
The modern design of the cockpit is completed by a futuristic icy blue interior lightning. We especially like the innovative instrument cluster which enhances the upscale feel found inside. The motorcycle-inspired instrument panel features three-dimensional gauges, which are fairly easy to read and intuitively placed.
The double-faced leather trimmed seats are deep sculpted and offer a superior level of comfort being available with a wide range of electric adjustments. The steering wheel continues the modern design language initiated by the dash and offers a confident grab being also offered with a few adjustments to make your life in board even easier.
The center stack features an ergonomic layout and you can reach every switch and button without too much drama. The vehicle comes with a hands-free connectable Bluetooth CD/MP3/WMA sound system that is iPod- and USB-ready.
Storage continues to be part of the first class including a large glove box, door pockets, cub holders and a convenient central bin.
Engines and performance
There are two engine options available for the Holden Colorado.
The most powerful engine in the lineup is a 2.8 liter turbo diesel unit which is fitted with a variable geometry turbocharger. The engine comes with 180 hp on tap and a maximum torque of 470 Nm. As it was expected the engine is perfectly capable of dealing with a fully loaded Colorado and feels pretty refined too.
The 2.5 liter unit churns out 150 hp and 350 Nm of torque and feels significantly weaker than its sibling. Though, it offers decent performances and never feels underpowered.
The six speeds automatic transmission has perfectly choose gear ratios and every shift it’s fairly smooth.
Holden Colorado Engines Specifications
|2.8 liter||180 @ 3800||470 @ 2000||Diesel|
|2.5 liter||150 @ 3500||350 @ 1800||Diesel|
Ride and handling
The Holden Colorado stays on control arm suspensions with coil springs and a stabilizer bar up front, while at the back it gets a semi-elliptical leaf spring live axle.
The vehicle can absorb most of the potholes without affecting the passengers comfort and the body balance is well kept in check even at high speeds. The cornering abilities are even better than the ones of the old model and the truck continues to be one of the best vehicles in its class at the maneuverability department.
The rack and pinion power steering is smooth and responsive rewarding you with a proper feedback, while the front disc brakes are offered with standard ABS to offer a proper stopping power.
Other safety systems include two airbags, traction control, stability control and panic brake assist.
The new generation Colorado is a quantum leap forward for the Holden brand and proves us that the company is ready to fight hard for its place among the top pickup manufacturers.
The vehicle comes with a futuristic exterior style and a completely new cabin which sets new standards in the light pickups segment.
The engines aren’t the strongest units you’ll find around, but they cope well with the needs of the Holden Colorado and are also pretty efficient. Fortunately the 2012 Holden Colorado continues to be one of the best trucks in its class when it comes to maneuverability and handling.