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by Tim Beissmann

The 2012 Holden Colorado has been uncovered in production form for the first time in this revealing series of spy photos.

The images (published by PC Auto) reveal a right-hand drive extended-cab Colorado in Thailand, the home of the vehicle’s production.

Although they show the all-new ute in Chevrolet guise, the images give us an accurate impression of what to expect from the Holden version when it goes on sale in Australia early in 2012. Our local Holden Colorado is likely to benefit from a number of design and ride tweaks to suit our market.

Overall, the exterior remains largely faithful to the concepts unveiled earlier this year in Bangkok, Buenos Aires and Melbourne. The traditional concept-only elements like LED running lights, 20-inch alloys, clear taillights and rear sports bars and bumpers are gone as expected, but despite this, the design still looks modern and fresh, and exudes a strong, bold personality.

The Colorado pictured in these images is fitted with front fog lamps and chrome side mirrors, suggesting it could be a high-spec model.

The interior is also very similar to the Holden Colorado crew-cab concept from Melbourne. The large central display screen of the earlier concepts is replaced by a simpler radio/media unit at the top and a circular cluster for the air conditioning controls at the base of the console.

The multi-function three-spoke steering wheel carries over along with the dual protruding instrument panel housings.

The all-new 2012 Holden Colorado will replace the existing ute in Australia in the first quarter of next year.

All three body styles – single-cab, extended-cab and crew-cab – are expected to go on sale locally.

From a powertrain perspective, a 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine will replace the current 3.0-litre unit, and Holden says it will be joined by “a number of engines” in the range. Specific performance data of these engines is yet to be revealed.




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