Holden Colorado 7 revealed

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

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

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


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