More refined Colorado arriving soon

More refined Colorado arriving soon

The new 2017 Holden Colorado provides buyers with a better interior, greater refinement, increased safety and capability as well as a more mature design.

Technical improvements include the addition of new electric power steering, an updated centrifugal torque converter for the automatic transmission as well as a reduction in noise, vibration, and harshness.

The 3500kg braked towing capacity remains, most of the Colorado range sees a payload capability increase from 900kg to a proper metric tonne.

Safety levels are also improved.

The new Electric Power Steering (EPA) system allows for variable assistance. Holden’s engineers are tuning it for a near car-like feel to the tiller.

Off-road and at low speed the EPS is little-finger light, and the system allows for a smaller number of turns lock-to-lock without the risk of the wheel fighting the driver.

The vagueness on centre commonly found in many Utes is absent in this Colorado. A member of the engineering team explained they worked hard on tuning this ‘valley,’ as they called it, for a better on-road feel.

Refining the Colorado’s class-leading 147kW/ 500Nm 2.8-litre four cylinder diesel sees the balancer moved, and new acoustic shielding for the injectors and a metal engine cover.

It’s not as rowdy as it used to be. There is less vibration passed through to the cabin – a change partially down to the ‘centrifugal pendulum absorber’ torque converter as well as new engine and body mounts.

Automatic models drink half a litre less diesel per 100km.

Brakes are unchanged. They do the job well enough but could probably do with a little more tuning. They are spongy and need a good push.

We like the Colorado’s Grade Braking system, the six-speed automatic shifts down maintaining a constant speed when descending a hill.

Off-road the Colorado took everything thrown at it. The recalibrated hill descent control worked well. Some will miss the locking differential, but with modern traction systems in play, only the serious off-roader will see that as an issue.

New to the top LTZ and Z71 models is a forward facing camera for a lane change and collision warning system.

The new interior is a big step up from the old Colorado surpassing the Ford Ranger for fit, finish, and feel — and is equivalent in design.

The seven and eight-inch touch screens look good and work well, and offer Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or satellite navigation, in higher grade models.

The 2017 Colorado’s front seats feel more comfortable, and the leather on higher-grade models feels much better, but the driving position is possibly too high, hence a tilt adjustable steering wheel would be welcome.

The rear seats are one of the best in the ute market. There is plenty of angle on the backrest, and a decent level of legroom – a bar under the front seats compromising toe space being the only complaint.

Pricing will be confirmed at the New Zealand launch in late September.

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