by James Stanford

The Holden Colorado 7 will take on the mighty Toyota Prado with two
 versions of the ute-based SUV that will go on sale around
 Christmas.

Close to a decade since the dated Jackaroo was killed off, 
Holden has revealed the Colorado 7 line-up at the Australian International 
Motor Show in Sydney, announcing at the same time that the bush-bashing people
-mover has achieved a five star ANCAP crash test safety rating.

The Colorado will be available with one diesel engine, but two 
specification levels including the relatively well equipped LT and the more 
upmarket LTZ.

Holden has is yet to reveal the crucial pricing points for
 the model, due in showrooms in late December, but has released a long list of
 details.

Importantly, all Holden Colorado 7 models will come standard with a 
rear view camera to help protect pedestrians. Also standard is electronic
 stability control, front driver and passenger airbags and side curtain airbags
that cover all three rows.

Not surprisingly, the Colorado 7 is closely related to the
recently launched Holden Colorado one-tonne workhorse ute, which shares its
underpinnings with the Isuzu D-Max. Unlike some large 4WDs, it sits on a ladder
frame which is favoured for toughness but can affect a vehicle’s on-road
 manners.

 

It runs the same double wishbone front suspension but does 
away with the leaf springs at the rear, opting for a five-link set-up connected 
to coil springs but it is still a live axle.

The Holden Colorado 7 has a ground clearance of between 219mm (LT)
 and 231mm (LTZ) and has a part-time four-wheel-drive system that can be locked 
in using a button on the centre console. It also has low range and rear limited 
slip differential to help with tough off-road work.

Like the top-spec ute, the Holden Colorado 7 runs a 2.8-litre
 four-cylinder common rail turbo diesel supplied by Italian outfit VM Motori.
This unit manages 132kW and 470Nm and is linked to a six-speed regular torque 
convertor automatic (Holden doesn’t mention a manual option).

This combination results in an official fuel economy average
of 9.4L/100km (252g CO2).

A number likely to be of more interest to those who want to 
lug caravans and boats is 3000, the number of kilograms the Colorado 7 can haul. That compares with 3500kg for the Colorado ute.

As for those who need to carry around a large family, the
 Colorado 7 features seven seats, five of which can be folded down to create a 
flat load space. In this case, the Colorado has 1830 litres of storage space.

There are three-point seatbelts for all seven seats and
three rear child seat anchor points.

Standard equipment for all Colorado 7s includes cruise
control, body-coloured bumpers, side steps, front fog lights, aluminium roof
rails, rear parking sensors (in addition to the rear camera), Bluetooth phone
connectivity, USB input, roof mounted climate control vents for second and
third rows and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with multifunction controls.

The LT sits on 16-inch alloy wheels and has cloth seats.

Stepping up to the LTZ adds 18-inch wheels, projector
headlights, exterior chrome highlights, leather seats, a premium sounds system,
a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, higher grade interior trim elements and LED
tail-lights.




  • Doctor

    The towing capacity of 3000kg sounds more realistic – the ute is 3500kg when almost empty but only 2900 at GVM. But I’m not sure that I like the rear side styling… will have to see it in the flesh so to speak.

  • Dave

    that is one of the worst interiors ever made.

    • Richard Joash Tan

      and you are the worst person I’ve ever seen

  • Golfschwein

    It’s a no from me. Such a lumpen looking thing. Still, not my business. People will buy them and be happy.

    • Henry Toussaint

       Well at least it’s a new 4×4 that has proper off road ability, as they are not as popular as SUV’s..

  • AJS

    It looks like the have shortened it slightly over the ute. The ute tray looks much longer, you would think they would have just kept the extra length for more room in the rear? Is the Pathfinder any shorter than the Navara (D40)? Trick of the eye perhaps?

  • Golfmother

    Whole thing is hideous , circa 1995 .

    • Richard Joash Tan

      and you are a bullsh*t

  • Donw06

    the interior looks so dated already. admittedly, given its a “bush-bashing” type of vehicle you’d want a rugged interior but that just looks cheap. Also, it resembles a hyundai santa fe in some angles especially the rear. But good to see a new ladder-frame 4WD in the marker anyhow!

  • Rick

    No manual not interested

  • pixxxels

    Jesus Christ… did they forget to design an interior?

    No way I’d buy this, however, I’m glad it exists since now Ford has to build a wagon version of the Ranger (Everest/Endeavour), which I would buy in an instant.

    • Richard Joash Tan

      and I won’t buy a ford, either, because I’m sticking with Holdens.

  • Aussie

    The fuel ecconomy is terrible. Prado is more efficient. This will need to be dirt cheap if it’s to impact on it’s competitors sales.

    • Tom

      They’ll plenty, don’t you worry

      • Tom

        Sell plenty I meant to say

        • Ozedude

          Not so sure.  I’m in the market but doubt i’ll buy one.

  • Gpy74

    Just come from the Holden dealer,they are expecting….and wait for it,$59000 for the LTZ model.No way am I paying nearly 60k for a Holden!
    And if the interior is the same quality as the Ute then the plastics used are woeful(not to mention the seat material).
    Hello Jeep grand/c for 49k or I’ll just keep my 2 yr old patrol.

    • Richard Joash Tan

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      • Golfschwein

        Good heavens, I think we’re going to have some fun with you. And your facebook page is really lovely. Hey everyone, check out this guy’s facebook page!

  • mavu

    If that is going to be the price I will keep my Grand Cherokee 08 for a while longer.and wait for the Ford.

    • Richard Joash Tan

      AND YOU ARE A BULLSH*T SO I WON’T BUY A FORD VEHICLE AND I WILL KEEP STICKING WITH HOLDENS FOREVER

  • Trevor

    i dub this the CANYONERO

    it really does look like a tarted up 1990s suv!!!

    • Richard Joash Tan

      AND YOU ARE A BULLSH*T

      • DaveforHoldens

        Richard J T. Keep it down mate. Your embarassing yourself and you are an embarrasment to all Holden lovers.

        I am a Holden man but drive a Ford Territory because of the lack of a good looking functional offer in this space from Holden. I was hoping for more from this Colorado but a lot of the comments in this blog reflect my thinking too. I’ll have a look at it in the flesh in December to make up my mind.

  • Jack Arru

    looks OK but $60K seems a bit steep. Needs a 6 speed manual before I’d consider it but unfortunately these things are only designed for suburban cowboys and mums who want to see over the Hyundai in front. My 1998 Jackaroo is as well appointed. I don’t care about parking sensors and other useless crap. I can actually drive, And Richard J T you are an idiot!

    • Darryl

      Check out the Chevrolet Trailblazer on Chevrolet South Africa website. It’s available as a 2.5L 2WD manual, and a 2.8L 4WD manual there. They also get a 3.6L V6 petrol. The 2.8L 4WD LTZ auto costs 469900 rand, similar money to an FJ Cruiser, and also a top spec Captiva. Holden are having a lend if they think they can charge $60k here, it needs to be under $50k on that basis. 

  • Christopher

    It would be handy if the reviewers would give some useful info like length and width of the cargo areas. I’ll have a look at this for a work truck for sure, just hope there is enough room to carry all my gear in. I’ll still wait a fw months until I see how the new motor and drivelines hold up. Till then i will keep flogging my 2001 patrol

  • GuzziJack

    Why a VM Motor?. What is wrong with a Dmax motor?

  • Tom

    At least there is now more choices, and am hoping that pricing is reasonable, as all the car makers are getting too expensive. Like all things in life nothing is perfect, the Kluger has a two seat second row (whats with the side table),  Pajeros third row does not split, Pathfider is out of date and the 2013 model looks like it will be 70k +. Then there’s all the luxury stuff, where services and parts coast a fortune. Also, just would like to support what’s left of our car industry, as i cant see myself driving a Hyundai (the image of their late 90′s excel still makes me cringe)   

  • Daves289

    they should of stuck with the jackaroo long wheel base and manual and this car doesnt have a proper spare wheel lot of good that is 500 klm,s in the bush what were they thinking and for 60k weres the roo bar

  • Golfschwein

    mm…lovely biscuit… 

  • Bent6brigade

    Sorry to say richard,,Holden bashing is a sport on this website.Mainly from vw fanboys.