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by Tim Beissmann

The Holden Colorado Z71 will become the new flagship of the brand’s workhorse ute range when it arrives in local showrooms next month.

The Colorado Z71 gives Holden a high-style, feature-packed pick-up to cash in on Australia’s strong demand for highly specified utes such as the Ford Ranger Wildtrak and the Toyota HiLux SR5.

At $54,990 for the six-speed manual version and $57,190 for the six-speed automatic (prices before on-road costs), the Holden Colorado Z71 4×4 dual-cab will go head to head with the likes of the Ranger Wildtrak ($57,390-$59,390), HiLux SR5 ($51,740-$54,490) and Nissan Navara ST-X ($51,990-$54,490), while slotting some way beneath the Volkswagen Amarok Ultimate ($62,290-$65,290).


Uncovered by CarAdvice back in April, the Holden Colorado Z71 is clearly distinguished from the $4000-cheaper LTZ variant on which it’s based. Unique Z71 features include 18-inch Arsenal Grey Metallic alloy wheels; dark chrome mask headlamps; styled nudge bar; black bonnet decals with Z71 graphic; black door handles, side door mouldings and rear step trim; gloss black mirror caps, B-pillars and tailgate handle; roof rails; streamline soft tonneau; sail plane with Z71 graphic; and a Z71 tailgate decal.

The cabin gets leather-appointed upholstery with front seat heaters.


The Holden Colorado Z71 is powered by the brand’s 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, which produces 147kW and 440Nm with the manual transmission and 500Nm with the auto. Its braked towing capacity is 3500kg.

The Colorado Z71 will make its official public debut at Game 2 of the State of Origin at the MCG on June 17.

The Z71 badge is a famous one within the General Motors stable, with Chevrolet long using it for rugged versions of its Silverado and Colorado pick-ups in North America.


Holden Colorado Z71 pricing (before on-road costs):
Manual $54,990
Automatic $57,190


Holden Colorado Z71 unique features:
18-inch Arsenal Grey Metallic alloy wheels (five)
Sail plane with Z71 graphic
Leather appointed seats with front heaters
Styled nudge bar
Headlamps with dark chrome mask
Gloss black mirror caps, B-pillars and tailgate handle
Black door handles, side door mouldings and rear step trim
Z71 tailgate decal
Black bonnet with Z71 graphic
Streamline soft tonneau
Roof rails