The majority of people who tune in to SimonsCarSpots are based in the UK and the USA but we thought some of you might be interested in something from Australia. If you’ve ever watched Neighbours or Home & Away, you’ll have heard the term ‘ute’ used in abundance. Australians call pickup trucks utes and they really are big fans of them. We can see why, Australia being a vast place and the ute being an excellently practical, rugged vehicle – especially in the rural outback, or if you’re a plumber or builder in Melbourne or something.
I absolutely love Holden vehicles, especially HSV models, one of which the mighty VXR8 effectively is. So I thought I’d have a quick look at what the latest, hot ute from Holden is. It’s called the Colorado and, sorry to disappoint, isn’t all that Australian. It’s actually intrinsically an Isuzu D-Max, which was marketed in Australia as a Holden Rodeo for five years between 2003 and 2008. Since then, Holden and Isuzu have split, so Holden chose a new name, ‘Colorado’. The design of the Holden Colorado from the windscreen forwards differentiates it from the Rodeo. The two models are still described as cousins as they were developed in tandem, but Holden are promoting the 2012 Colorado as “all new”.
Visually, the Holden Colorado is huge, imposing and looks very sturdy and practical. It’s available in either 4×2 or 4×4 forms in single cab, crew cab or space cab guises – the space cab only being available on the 4×4 model. The most basic, single cab 4×2 DX Colorado is powered by a 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine. All other models are powered by a 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine and can be specified with either a 5-speed manual, stick-shift gearbox, or a 6-speed automatic transmission. I’m particularly interested in the Holden Colorado engines plus the fact the latest Isuzu D-Max is powered by a 3-litre turbodiesel engine, as his Renault Vel Satis is actually powered by a 3.0 V6 Isuzu diesel unit.
This massive Australian 4-wheeler is capable of towing upto 3.5 Tonnes, and carrying a payload of upto 1 Tonne – very impressive figures. It’s not short on creature comforts, either. The interior can be specified with Bluetooth, cruise control, electronic climate control, a very useful double glovebox and has a USB port and allows you to connect your iPod.
Soon to be arriving at dealerships in Australia is a very exciting new addition to the Holden Colorado range – the Colorado 7. It’s a true off-road, 7-seater vehicle, similar to the Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, for example, but set to be a fair bit cheaper. Holden Colorado utes, new and used, are found for sale on various websites and dealers. The nearest we’ll see in the UK is the Isuzu D-Max. I’ll keep my eyes peeled…