Holden's Colorado range has grown for 2020, with the addition of a permanent LSX grade adding some blacked-out toughness at an affordable price point.
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Previously only a limited edition, Holden has made LSX specification as a permanent fixture in the Colorado range.

Holden is calling it ‘affordable toughness’, slotting the popular black styling pack between the LS and LTZ in the Colorado range as a crew-cab 4X4.

It keeps the vinyl floors, cloth seats, 7.0-inch infotainment display, hill descent control, a rear-view camera and rear park assist of the LS, but gains a lot of aesthetic changes.

There are 18-inch ‘Arsenal Grey’ alloy wheels, fender flares, a black tailgate and black sports bar. The grille is also blacked out, and you get a soft tonneau cover and a digital radio.

Listed price for the Colorado LSX is $46,990 before on-roads with a manual gearbox, or $49,120 with the automatic. It’s a bit of a contrast to Holden's dual-cab ute rivals, where blacked-out looks are normally reserved for higher specification grades.

The driveline is shared across the Colorado range. It's a 2.8-litre, four cylinder turbo-diesel engine making 147kW at 3600rpm and 500Nm at 2000rpm. That runs through six ratios, with both the manual and automatic gearbox. The four-wheel drive system is part-time, with a low-range transfer case and limited-slip differential.

The permanent LSX comes alongside other specification changes for Colorado in 2020. The LTZ gets leather seats (heated up front) as a no-cost option, while both LTZ and Z71 get a spray-in tub liner as standard. A soft-close tailgate is only available with top-spec Z71.

Another new specification for the range is LTZ+. It's the same as LTZ, but with a tow bar as standard and a payload just below 1000kg. This makes it best suited to novated leasing.

The LSX is an important part of Holden’s plan to get sales moving in the right direction for the rest of 2019 and beyond; with third place earmarked as its goal in the competitive four-wheel drive ute segment.

With the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger both well ahead of the pack, the Colorado is looking to take on the Mitsubishi Triton whilst keeping the D-Max and Navara in the rearview mirror.