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by Tim Beissmann

The production version of the all-new Chevrolet Colorado has been revealed, giving us an accurate impression of how the 2012 Holden Colorado will appear when it launches in Australia in the first quarter of next year.

The global Colorado development program spanned five years, five continents and cost $2 billion as General Motors worked on a vehicle that would meet the needs of customers in more than 60 markets around the world.

GM has released the details of the two diesel engines that will be offered. The first is a 2.8-litre unit that Holden has confirmed for our market. It produces 132kW of power and 470Nm of torque when teamed with the six-speed automatic transmission (440Nm with the five-speed manual).

A smaller engine – a 110kW/350Nm 2.5-litre turbodiesel – will also be offered, although Holden is yet to confirm if this engine will be sold locally.

GM has not confirmed details of the petrol engine options, although there is expected to be at least two choices, with one for out market potentially a locally manufactured 3.0-litre V6.

When the 2.8-litre Holden Colorado show car was revealed at July’s 2011 Australian International Motor Show, Holden said the 2.8 would be “one of a number of engines that will be offered” when the Colorado goes on sale next year.

Like the previous model, the new Colorado will be available in three body styles – Single Cab, Space Cab and Crew Cab – as well as rear- and four-wheel drive.

GM says the Colorado has been developed to meet the “highest-possible safety standards wherever it is sold”, with features including electronic stability control, ABS, EBD, traction control, brake assist, cornering brake control and a number of airbags.

The designers targeted a premium finish and design, with the highlights including the ‘power dome’ bonnet, prominent three-dimensional grille, detailed sheet metal work, and LED taillights for high-level models.

GM says the new Colorado will offer segment-leading front- and second-row shoulder room, headroom and seat height, and insists the interior has been designed with an emphasis on passenger comfort.

Auxiliary and USB ports will be fitted standard to all models for simple audio playback.

More details of the 2012 Holden Colorado will be revealed in the lead-up to its local launch early next year.




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