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by Tim Beissmann

The all-new Holden Colorado will be a diesel-only affair when it launches in Australia around the middle of this year.

Two brand-new four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines will power the Colorado, giving the new full-size ute up to 470Nm of pulling power and a 3.5-tonne towing capacity.

The decision to offer only two diesel engines means there will be no petrol or LPG option in the new Colorado range. The outgoing model is available with an Australian-made 3.6-litre V6 dual-fuel engine.

The smaller 2.5-litre diesel produces 110kW and 350Nm, giving it a 3.0-tonne towing capacity. The engine is teamed with a five-speed manual transmission and Holden says it will be available in selected models only.

The larger 2.8-litre engine produces 132kW of power. Five-speed manual models have a peak torque rating of 440Nm, while the six-speed automatic produces the maximum 470Nm at 2000rpm. That represents a spike in power of 10 per cent and a massive 40 per cent boost in torque compared with the current 3.0-litre diesel unit.

A number of new Colorados are currently being evaluated by Holden engineers as the local brand aims to develop the optimum engine, transmission, drive quality and suspension tunes for Australia’s roads and conditions. The five-month real-world evaluation process will continue in the lead-up to the launch, which will include all three body styles: Single Cab, Space Cab and Crew Cab.

Safety and technology will be a focus of the new Holden Colorado. Standard features will include electronic stability control, front and side curtain airbags, ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution, as well as Bluetooth, AUX and USB ports and iPod connectivity.

Prospective buyers can get their first look at the all-new Colorado from April when Holden begins its pre-launch road show at local dealerships.

Full pricing and specification details will be revealed closer to the Colorado’s mid-year launch.

Note: Chevrolet Colorado pictured in body of article.




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