2018 Holden Colorado SuperUte
The Land Down Under has a new racing series that plays off the exploding popularity of pickup trucks. It’s called the SuperUte ECB Series and it’s hosted by Australia’s well-known Supercars Series – you know, the series with V-8-powered, rear-wheel-drive sedans thundering around an autocross course. Well, now Australia will have turbodiesel-powered, mid-size, crew cab pickups racing around tracks like the Gold Coast’s Norwell Motorplex starting in March of 2018.
Unlike NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, these Utes aren’t sheet metal bodies on steel tube chassis. No, they are production pickups from the assembly line. Each undergoes a full work-over with a safety cage, suspension modifications, performance wheels and tires, and a tune of their stock turbodiesel engines. Every truck is capped at 340 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, while the minimum weight is set at 3,968 pounds. Automakers currently preparing for the SuperUte Series include Ford, Mazda, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Toyota, and General Motors. GM’s fighter is the Holden Colorado, a truck very similar to North America’s Chevrolet Colorado, even down to the 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel.
With official testing currently underway, let’s have a look at Holden’s newest and most unconventional racer.
The Chevrolet Colorado pickup has made a big splash in the American midsize truck market with its semi-compact size and high levels of design and functionality. One thing the U.S.-spec Colorado lacks, however, is an SUV version. That’s not the case in Australia though, as the global version of the Colorado has spawned a seven-passenger, three-row SUV with an honest body-on-frame design.
Meet the Holden Colorado 7.
Though it’s not new, it’s new to most folks not living Down Under or in a few Asian countries. Introduced for the 2012 model year, the Colorado 7 offers much of the same equipment and functionality as its pickup sibling. Like GM typically does with its truck and SUV counterparts, the Colorado 7 uses the truck’s powertrain, in this case, a 2.8-liter four-cylinder Duramax engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Even the two-speed transfer case is the same.
Interestingly enough, the Colorado 7 is also known as the Chevrolet Trailblazer in some markets. But don’t mistake this for the Trailblazer sold in the U.S. between 2002 and 2009. The global version shown here is a completely different beast. Despite this, the Colorado 7 offers U.S. buyers a tasty glimpse at what a resurrected Trailblazer could look like, should GM ever decide to build it. Based off the U.S.-spec Colorado, the seven-passenger SUV would slot between the Tahoe and Equinox, effectively becoming a more rugged alternative to the unibody Traverse.
With all that aside, let’s take a look at the Colorado 7.
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General Motors’ Holden division has just released its newest top-trim model for its Colorado pickup truck, the 2016 Colorado Z71. The updated trim level comes loaded with visual upgrades, both inside and out that include 18-inch wheels, heated leather seats, and a unique appearance package with a hard tonneau cover and a bumper-mounted front nudge bar.
The new styling cues don’t detract from the Colorado’s truckish abilities, including its 7,716-pound towing capacity and its off-road capability. Holden’s move to include such an appearance package reflects customer’s increasing tendency to use trucks as a lifestyle vehicle.
“Drivers are increasingly using trucks to facilitate an active lifestyle, whether it’s surfing or snowboarding, and looking good is important to them,” said Peter Keley, Holden’s Executive Director of Sales. “Z71 adds an impressive range of features to the Colorado truck, not least the exterior black components and leather-appointed seats that combine to give a more aggressive look and comfortable ride.”
Of course, Holden’s version of the Colorado is inherently different than our U.S.-spec version, though there are a number of similarities. The two trucks do not share the same interior or exterior design, nor do they share the same exact underpinnings. Each truck is built specifically for its intended market.
That extends to the powertrain as well, as the Holden exclusively offers a 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel four-cylinder. The U.S.-spec 2015 Chevy Colorado comes with either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder or the 3.6-liter V-6. However, the 2.8-liter Duramax is set to make its U.S. debut for the 2016 model year in the Colorado.
Returning back to Holden’s new Colorado Z71, the truck’s announcement comes only days after Ford announced its newest top-trim level on the global Ranger – the 2016 Ford Ranger Wildtrak. The trucks compete head to head for folks looking to utilize trucks for both work and play. So let’s dive into the Colorado Z71.
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Holden revealed today the Colorado, a new powerful light truck that promises to deliver high levels of performance and load carrying capability.
The Holden Colorado will bring an extensive LCV range to the market, offering consumers a wide choice of body styles, powertrains and specifications to suit all work and recreational applications, catering for both fleet and private customers.
A new sports variant, the LT-R, will combine a number of sports features to create the toughest Colorado yet. Available in 4x2 or 4x4 variants, featuring sports bars, soft tonneau cover, side steps, front fog lamps, 16 inch alloy wheels and sports interior trim. The LT-R 4x4 also adds Bluetooth capability for compatible phones and Rear Park Assist.
Colorado is powered by a range of three engines are available, including a 3.0 litre four-cylinder common rail turbo diesel, which delivers peak torque of 360Nm at 1800rpm and peak power of 120kW at 3600rpm (manual transmission). Also available is a 3.6 litre Alloytec V6 petrol engine and a spirited 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine.