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The massively overhauled 2017 Holden Colorado range has been upgraded to a full five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) this week.

For the new model year, the Colorado gains revisions to its front structure, airbag configuration and restraint system.

The upgraded score is of greatest benefit to buyers of single- and space-cab models, previously limited to a four-star rating. The dual-cab style already claimed a five-star score, although all models now also gain a ‘good’ rating for pedestrian protection – up from ‘acceptable’ in the outgoing range.

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“Mid-cycle updates for cosmetic purposes are common across all makes and models but it is pleasing to see Holden has made mid-cycle safety improvements to their popular light commercial model,” said ANCAP CEO, James Goodwin.

“The standout element in our assessment of this model is its pedestrian protection score, entering the ‘good’ range with ease. This is a marked turnaround for vehicles of this type where historically, we have seen poor results.

“This is only the second utility we have rated that has achieved a ‘good’ pedestrian protection score.” The other is Toyota’s new HiLux, while most other top sellers in the ute market rate between ‘marginal’ and ‘acceptable’.

The new five-star rating is also expected to extend to the Holden Genuine Accessories bullbar and side steps available with the Colorado range, but ANCAP is still to confirm this.

The refreshed 2017 Colorado range goes on sale in Australia next week. Watch for CarAdvice’s full launch review to go live on Thursday August 18 at 6:00pm AEST, and catch our ongoing coverage at the links below.

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