Holden Ute – first NZ ute to get 5-Star safety

October 20th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Holden VE Ute fq

Holden’s VE Ute range has become the first utility in New Zealand to receive a maximum five star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) or the Euro New Car Assessment Program (EuroNCAP).

This follows the announcement last month that Holden achieved another New Zealand safety first by launching the first utility vehicle to offer six airbags as standard across the range.

The latest result means Holden’s entire Australian manufactured vehicle range now carries a five star safety rating from ANCAP.

The ANCAP result reflects the long list of safety features found standard across the VE Ute range including side impact airbags, curtain airbags and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) which incorporates Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Brake Assist (EBA) and Traction Control System (TCS).

Holden Vehicle Structure & Safety Integration Manager, Steve Curtis said Holden had a long and proud history of delivering safety firsts.

Ford won’t match Holden for ute safety

September 23rd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Ford FG Falcon Ute airbags

Ford Australia has just confirmed that it won’t be increasing the number of airbags in its range of FG Falcon utes. There was speculation on whether Ford would offer side and curtain airbags as standard. This came after another recent announcement from Holden that the entire 2010 Commodore ute line-up will feature six airbags from the factory.

In base-model guise, the Ford Falcon ute currently scores 4-Stars in ANCAP tests. To achieve a 5-Star rating a vehicle must pass a side-impact pole test.

Ford is offering an optional safety package that includes side, head and thorax airbags for its FG ute range, and stability control is available on base model utes as a factory option. Now its been revealed that there’s no plans to make these safety features standard for all model variants.

In justifying the decision, Ford Australia President and CEO Marin Burela said ute customers preferred to have the extra safety kit available, but did not want it fitted as standard if it meant a price increase.

Mr Burela also said that Ford Australia would be keeping a keen eye on how buyers react to Holden’s new safety-enhanced Commodore ute over the coming months, and making the safety pack standard-fit across the Falcon ute range wasn’t entirely out of the question.

The FG Falcon sedan range currently has a full 5-Star ANCAP rating.

Holden utes now pack six airbags

September 15th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham


Holden is looking to boost its safety credentials in NZ by launching the first utility vehicle to offer six airbags as standard across the range.

Holden’s 2010 model year ute will introduce side impact and curtain airbags as standard equipment on all ute models.

The entire MY10 VE and WM range, including utes, also receive a steering column shroud energy absorber that helps to reduce driver knee injuries and a passenger seat belt reminder.

The combination of front, side and curtain airbags, together with ESC as standard across the range makes Holden utes a safe choice in the light commercial segment.

GM Holden Director of Safety and Integration, Ian Butler, said making six airbags standard across the entire Ute range was a positive step forward for occupant safety in the LCV market.

“Holden believes that occupant safety is just as important in the LCV market as it is in the family sedan market,” Mr Butler said.

“Safety features are not something that should be limited to vehicle types or models and should be standard on all our vehicles, including those in the light commercial market.

The five-star rated MY10 range – Commodore sedans, Sportwagon, Statesman and the upgraded Ute will go on sale later this month.

FPV unleashes new GS Sedan and GS Ute

September 2nd, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

FPV GS sedan s

It’s great news for Ford fans with Ford Performance Vehicles launching an all-new GS Sedan and GS Ute this week. The new models mark a reinventing of a badge that goes back 30 years to the XW GS of 1969.

Like that earlier GS, the new limited-edition model is to provide a lower price entry-point into FPV’s performance models.

Priced in Australia at $54,950 AUS for the Sedan, and $49,950 AUS for the Ute, the GS variants are priced to sit between Ford’s XR range and FPV’s GT and F6.

Developed specifically for the GS Series, the recalibrated FPV 5.4 litre V8 GT engine from the FG-model now produces 302kW of power and 551Nm of torque, driving through a standard six-speed manual transmission.

“We aimed to provide the GS Series owner with a GT driving experience with this engine. AT 302kW, it’s the perfect entry to our range, which steps up to the turbocharged F6 at 310kW and the full GT-spec V8 at 315kW,” FPV General Manager Rod Barrett said.

The GT-based V8 under the bonnet runs the twin-throttle bodies and intake system of the GT, but with a recalibrated ECU taking the top-edge off the power output but matching the GT’s 551Nm of torque.

Featuring GS graphics, FPV chassis enhancements and interior updates, and sitting on 19-inch rims (Graphite for the Sedan, Alpine Silver for the Ute), there is a hefty dollop of ‘bang for the dollar’ value loaded into the GS.

Every FPV GS Series also comes standard with unique GS striping graphics, charcoal cloth interior, FPV GT instrumentation, gear knob, starter button and badging, premium sound system with iPod and Bluetooth integration, and dual zone climate control.

With just 250 Sedans and 75 Utes to be released, buyers may need to be quick off the mark.

FPV is banking on the new limited edition GS to excite buyers, and it may do that being a smart car at a smart price.

“People are still out there to buy fast Fords. There is always going to be a market for FPVs,” according to Rod Barrett.

Toyota Hilux SR5 2009 Review

May 29th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham


Having a tough guy reputation isn’t all it’s cracked up to be just ask the Toyota Hilux. When the first Hilux rolled off the production line back in 1968 few would have thought that it would be built for six-generations and become notorious for unfailing durability and reliability. But this hard man rep comes at a cost, competitors want to tear into you, popular TV shows perform cruel experiments like dropping you from a crane, and your advertising campaigns use slogans that were swear words in the 1950s. Because you never break you just can’t catch a break. Bugger that. However the Hilux was built for the tough times and now with a new facelift for 2009 it’s still strong and still looking sharp.

So what’s new for 2009? Well there are subtle changes inside and out but the Hilux is still packing the same wallop under the bonnet. The 3.0-litre common-rail 4-cylinder diesel engine whacks out 126kW of power and a stump-pulling 343Nm of torque. These are strong stats among the Hilux’s competitors and are key factors in the Hilux being the ute to beat. The diesel unit offers pace on the road, shifting off the line with haste and happily humming along at cruising speeds. What’s more impressive is the Hilux’s ability to tow or haul very heavy loads with the full compliment of torque being available from just 1,400 rpm. Combined with a 2.5-tonne braked towing capacity the Hilux can just drag anything it can’t carry.

While lashings of torque are useful for farmyard duties it can prove a hindrance on the tarmac. Driving on stock tyres without load and in 2WD mode on city roads the Hilux can prove a handful; this is intensified in wet conditions. Too much throttle and the Hilux’s rear wheels can lose grip easily and although the oversteer is predictable to the point of being entertaining, you can’t help but feel that it’s a little dangerous. That said, if you are up to speed and on twisty roads the Hilux changes direction with little fuss. There is an acceptable amount of body roll and the steering is direct and reasonably weighted. With heavy-duty hauling expectations the Hilux’s suspension is understandably firm, but overall ride quality is generally comfortable. The Hilux’s ground clearance is consistent with other utes but it doesn’t feel as high when cornering as some competitors. Cabin noise is evident but not unreasonably intrusive and the inclusion of cruise control brings some leisure to long trips.

I tested both manual and automatic transmissions and was more impressed by the auto box. The manual was good for helping control the grunt at the rear but it had a long throw and needed to be eased into gear at times. By comparison the auto was relaxed, changed smoothly and providing the accelerator was used lightly it never hunted or changed gear unexpectedly.

So it moves well, but how does it look? Suitably staunch; the exterior styling of utes is confined by their practical shape, but the Hilux achieves some individuality. The 2009 model facelift has brought a new trapezoidal grille and grey plate bar along with a redesigned bumper that helps give an impression of a low centre of gravity. It’s definitely not beautiful but it wouldn’t want to be and with flared wheel arches, new 15-inch alloys and chrome touches it’s a worthy canvas to be painted with mud and dust.

Step inside and the cabin is a mix of charcoal and grey plastics broken up by silver accents. It’s Spartan and symmetrical but thought has been put into the ergonomics and all controls and cup holders are well placed. There are some useful modern touches like stereo controls on the leather-trimmed steering wheel, a ringed instrument cluster, CD player, remote central locking and a digital display for air conditioning settings. The seats are well bolstered for lateral movement and cushioned for any vertical movement that may occur. The double cab has very impressive leg room in the back seat and although it only has a lap seat belt for the middle occupant it is the most practical back pew I’ve seen in a double cab ute. Overall the Hilux’s cabin is pleasant it offers commanding visibility, enough room for five and has an effective air-con unit that filters any dust or pollen from entering.

It doesn’t matter how hardy the Hilux’s reputation may be things can still go wrong, to combat this driver and passenger airbags are standard as are pre-tensioners on the front seatbelts. ABS is now a welcome inclusion on all variants but electronic stability control remains noticeably absent. With disc brakes at the front but only drums at the rear the Hilux doesn’t posses a strong braking bite.

The bottom line is that despite the Hilux’s reputation and popularity it remains an agricultural vehicle. It is underpinned by a serious 4wd set up and although this is profusely practical off-road the Hilux’s unladen on road manners can be raw. In double cab form can the Hilux replace a SUV as an all round family lifestyle vehicle? Off —road, yes. On-road definitely not.

The Nissan Navara ST-X can match the Hilux for looks and the Mazda BT-50 pips it for driving dynamics, but the Hilux’s grunt, build quality and legendary toughness will mean it retains its title as the kingpin of the ute segment.

Click through to the next page for a specifications list.

Price: from $58,190

What we like:

  • Class-leading power-to-weight ratio
  • Interior ergonomics
  • Backseat leg room (double cab)

What we don’t like:

  • No electronic stability program/traction control
  • Rear drum brakes
  • Wet weather oversteer

Words and Photos: Adam Mamo

Other car reviews of interest:

Mitsubishi Triton GLS (2010) — Road Test

Ford Ranger Wildtrak (2009) — Road Test

Mazda BT-50 2WD (2009) — Road Test

Holden Colorado LT (2008) — Road Test

Nissan Navara ST-X (2008) — Road Test

Toyota Hilux SR5 (2009) – Specifications


Engine Model Code 1KD-FTV
Type In-line, 4 cylinder, 16 valve DOHC with Turbocharger and Intercooler
Alternator 100 amps
Battery Voltage 12 volts
Bore 96 mm
Capacity 2982 cc
Compression 17.9
Configuration In-line; 4 cylinder
Fuel Tank Capacity 76 litres
Fuel Type Diesel
Injection Type Common rail; direct injection
Location Front; longitudinal
Maximum Power 126 Kw 3600 rpm
Maximum Torque 343 Nm 1400-3400 rpm
Starter 2.2 kW
Stroke 103 mm
Vehicle Fuel Economy Information
Fuel Economy Rating 3.5 out of 6
Litres per 100km 9.3
Fuel Cost Per Year2008 cost per year based on price per litre of $1.85 and an average distance of 14,000 km $2,220


Front Track 1540 mm
Rear Track 1540 mm
Gross Vehicle Weight 2780 kg
Kerb Weight 1855-1990 kg
Minimum Ground Clearance 212 mm
Overall Height 1810 mm
Overall Length 5255 mm
Overall Width 1835 mm
Tow Capacity Braked 2500 kg
Tow Capacity Unbraked 750 kg
Wheelbase 3085 mm


Minimum Turning Circle 12.40
Steering Ratio 19.40 m
Turns lock to lock 3.70

FPV Super Pursuit FG 2008 Review

September 15th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham


I feel for the FPV Super Pursuit, I really do. It’s tough being an Australian living in New Zealand, especially as I’m now ‘the one with the strange eccent’. Also being the only Aussie ever to leave the sunny climes of Queensland for the wet and windy wilds of Auckland I share a deep sense of confusion with FPV’s newest ute as to its, and my purpose here.

With the Super Pursuit it’s not so much a sense of purpose that is lacking – with 315kW on tap from the 5.4 litre quad-cam V8 it has plenty of sporting pretension – more a sense of identity. The FPV features a leaf spring rear end which is great for carrying loads, but not conducive to sporty handling. This manifests itself in corners with the light rear end not inspiring confidence in the driver to push harder in what FPV refers to as a ‘sports coupe’. There is also axle tramp under hard acceleration which makes a smooth driving style the best option when starting away from traffic lights.

The scale of the FPV is the first thing that surprises – it is a big car. Out on the road you forget about the size of the Super Pursuit as it seems to shrink around you in the usual Ford way, making you feel like you’re part of the machinery as opposed to just a passenger. The only time you really notice its width is when you look behind you at the long tray with its bulging tonneau cover.

The ‘power bulge’ on the bonnet is amusing in both name and form. It does bring a smile to your face and gives you a strange feeling of enhanced masculinity when driving. It is very easy to be mesmerized by the bonnet bulge and the V8 noise emanating from beneath it which is not as loud and captivating as HSV offerings but still sounds like it means business.

The Super Pursuit is also not as loud as the HSV Maloo R8 in terms of exterior styling. The rear end look of the FPV lacks serious balls compared to the Maloo as the back of the FPV is so wide that the standard 245/35ZR19 rear wheels look puny and are inset into the wheel arches rather than sitting flush. A much wider tyre would give the Super Pursuit the cojones that the HSV carries.

The interior is functional and feels higher quality than in an HSV. The sport seats look inviting and do provide very good support, but weren’t that comfortable on a long drive – maybe I’m getting old. The ride is firm and feedback through the thick steering wheel is solid.

So with the Super Pursuit, FPV has tried to imbue it with the capability to be a town and country ute, just as capable of carting a dozen sheep as it is cruising for sheilas on a Friday night.

This combination caters to nouveau-riche builders and electricians who now regularly earn six-figure salaries in Australia. For those needing to cart a tool kit and light loads (it’ll carry just over half a tonne) and still look stylish, the Super Pursuit could be the ticket as it is just a bit cheaper than the Maloo and can carry heavier loads.

Price: from $72,990

What we like

  • ‘Power bulge’ bonnet
  • Revable V8
  • Interior quality

What we don’t like

  • Wimpy rear end styling
  • V8 not loud enough; road noise too loud
  • Seats not especially comfortable


Boss 315 – high performance
5.4 litre quad-cam 32 valve V8
Maximum power (DIN) – 315kW @ 6500rpm
Maximum torque (DIN) – 551Nm @ 4750rpm
Fuel management system – sequential multipoint electronic fuel injection
FPV high-flow dual exhaust system
FPV blue rocker cover
FPV stainless steel fabricated exhaust manifolds


ADR81-01 (L/100km) – manual/automatic 14.7/14.4
Comparative CO2 emissions (grams/km)- manual/automatic 352/344


ZF 6-speed high-torque automatic transmission with Sequential Sports Shift NCO
TR6060 6-speed Manual with leather and satin chrome gear knob


FPV Performance independent double wishbone front suspension
FPV 19″ x 8.0 Alloy wheel fitted with 245/35ZR19 Dunlop Sport Maxx tyre
Matching alloy spare wheel
Locking wheel nut
Limited Slip Differential


355 x 32mm cross drilled ventilated front rotors with Brembo 6 piston calipers & 328 x 26mm cross drilled ventilated rear rotors with single red piston caliper


FPV build number badge with unique model identifier
Unique FPV Starter Button
Human Machine Interface (HMI) with Internal Command Centre (IC)
High series mixed mode colour screen
Blue dial illumination with white LCD and FPV welcome message on start up
Speedometer (260kph)
Tachometer (8000rpm)
Audible shift alert indicator – man only
CFC-free Air conditioning – dual zone
FPV floor mats
FPV scuff plates (front only)
Sports leather steering wheel
with cruise control and audio switches
Alloy pedal covers


FPV performance sports seats Silverstone cloth with Ebony Lux suede bolsters with Super Pursuit logo embroidery
Nudo Leather with Miller suede bolsters with GT-P/Super Pursuit logo embroidery NCO
4 way power driver’s seat
Adjustable driver’s and passenger’s seat lumbar support


Premium audio system with 7″ colour display and 6-disc in-dash CD with iPod® integration
Bluetooth® mobile phone integration
Auxilliary Audio plug-in (MP3 capability)
Satellite Navigation system (optional)


FPV oval badge on front grille & rear
FPV fender feature badge

FPV model badging on tailgate
Boss power bulge on hood
FPV stripe package (incl hood decal) NCO
Boss hood decal (stand alone) NCO
Side fender turn indicators
FPV exhaust – twin chrome tail pipes
FPV “power bulge” hard tonneau with spoiler
Machine-faced alloy wheels with Dark Argent accents
Bumper accent detail – Dark or Mid Argent


Driver and front passenger airbags
Front seat side head/thorax airbags
Beltminderâ„¢ (front driver’s side only)
Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
Traction Control System (TCS)
PV ID Datadot identification

Words Ben Dillon, photos Adam Croy

Holden’s new ute – the Colorado – comes to New Zealand

July 8th, 2008 by Darren Cottingham


Holden New Zealand is taking the covers off its soon to be released, new light commercial vehicle, the Holden Colorado.

The Holden Colorado will bring an extensive LCV range to the market, offering consumers a wide choice of body styles and specifications to suit all work and recreational applications, catering for both fleet and private customers.

A new sports variant, the LT-R, will combine a number of sports features to create the toughest Colorado yet.  Available with the choice of 4×2 or 4×4 variants, both feature sports bars, soft tonneau cover, side steps, front fog lamps, 16″ alloy wheels and sports interior trim.  The LT-R 4×4 adds Bluetooth capability and Rear Park Assist.

With a high level of specification including driver, passenger airbags and ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) standard on all variants, the Holden Colorado line-up offers an impressive array of features.

Colorado is available in a 3.0-litre 4-cylinder common rail turbo diesel, which delivers peak torque of 360Nm@2000rpm and peak power of 120kW@3600rpm.

A three tonne braked towing capacity on diesel 4×4 variants adds to the Colorado’s appeal.

Holden New Zealand prices for the Colorado are as below.

Holden Colorado line-up

Single Cab Chassis:

  • LX 4×2 3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Manual  $32,690

Space Cab Chassis:

  • LX 4×2 3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Manual $33,690

Space Cab Pick Up:

  • LX 4×2 3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Manual $36,690

Crew Cab Pick Up:

  • LX 4×2  3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Manual $37,690
  • LT 4×2 3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Manual $41,690
  • LT 4×2 3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Auto $43,690
  • LT-R 4×2 3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Manual $43,690
  • LT-R 4×2 3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Auto $45,690

Single Cab Chassis:

  • LX 4×4 3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Manual $39,190

Space Cab Chassis:

  • LX 4×4 3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Manual $41,690

Space Cab Pick Up:

  • LX 4×4 3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Manual $44,690
  • LT 4×4  3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Manual $48,690

Crew Cab Pick Up:

  • LX 4×4 3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Manual  $44,690
  • LX 4×4 3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Auto  $46,690
  • LT 4×4  3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Manual $49,190
  • LT 4×4  3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Auto $51,190
  • LT-R 4×4 3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine,Manual $52,190
  • LT-R 4×4 3.0 litre VCDi turbo diesel engine, Auto $54,190

Ford BFII Falcon XR8 Ute 2007 Review

January 21st, 2008 by Darren Cottingham

Ford Falcon ute 2007 fq

It won’t help the fuel consumption, but a block of granite in the back of a Ford Falcon XR8 ute assists in the handling department. A ute is designed with two purposes in mind. It shows the world that:

  1. you like getting your hands dirty either as a professional tradesperson or a serious hobbyist; or
  2. all you need is a two-seater car because you’re either rugged, single and virile, or perhaps infertile.

In the case of the tradesperson, it’s highly likely you’ll have some weight in the back to settle it down; if not, any large dense object will do (and we’re not talking your local Labour candidate.) But I’m making the XR8 out to be a beast of a drive when it’s empty, which it isn’t. If you want to drive it nice and sedately, full or empty, it’s a breeze. It has traction control to tame the Boss 5.4-litre V8 with its 260kW at 5250rpm and 500Nm of torque at 4000rpm. There are nice wide tyres at the back — 245/40ZR18 to be precise — that wrap around some tasty alloys.

But it’s a tad ‘taily’ at the pointy end of pushing it through the bends, and fast hands are required to catch any sideways action. Our test mule was the auto version with sports shift. It’s a tricky little gearbox as far as autos go. It doesn’t kick down consistently under acceleration, and I would prefer either the manual, or to drive the auto like it’s a manual.

Braking performance is good, with a slight tendency for the ABS to kick in on the rear if the road is bumpy when there’s no weight in the back. Performance brakes (two-pot at the front and single-pot at the rear) with ventilated disks and sports suspension are standard on the XR8, as (supposedly) is a limited slip diff. I’d have to contest this, though, because I got the XR8 stuck. I have a very tight driveway with a gravel strip down one side. One rear wheel got on the gravel and dug itself a hole. Forward momentum ceased and I had to roll backward to get back on a concrete bit and give it another go.

The cab is comfortable, though doesn’t seem spacious. There are cloth-trimmed sports bucket seats with four-way power adjustment. There’s room behind the seats to store things, but it would be nice if there were more covered compartments to hide bits and bobs in. The steering feel is quite heavy, and the wheel itself is Ford’s leather number with cruise control and stereo controls on either side. An LCD in the dashboard gives readouts for the trip computer, climate control air conditioning the stereo. A bit more bass and treble is required in the stereo setup with it sounding thin when the equaliser is set flat.

The XR8 isn’t the practical choice as a hardcore tradesman’s ute — it would be a vanity purchase. But, if you want a practical sportscar to haul the jetski or a couple of motocross bikes around, it will perform admirably. The optional heavy duty towing kit allows you to lug 2300kg in a braked trailer with the auto gearbox. Unless you really like the V8 sound (and need the slightly larger towing capacity and 18-inch wheels), you may want to plump for the XR6 turbo which has similar performance but is $3,500 less.

Price: Ford Falcon BFII XR8 ute from $53,990

What we like

  • Power and torque
  • Bonnet bulge

What we don’t like

  • Easy to scrape the front splitter on the building site
  • Can’t hide anything in it unless you get the optional lockable cover
  • Only a driver and passenger airbag
  • It’s not bad, but could be better

Words and photos Darren Cottingham

Interior Features Falcon XR8 Ute
Cruise Control – Steering Wheel Mounted Controls S
Interior Command Centre featuring audio & climate LCD screen S
Carpet Floor Covering S
Rubber Floor Covering -
Adjustable Rake & Reach Steering Column S
Leather wrapped steering wheel S
Sports Leather Steering Wheel O
Alloy pedal covers S
Power Mirrors S
Power Windows with engine off time delay S
Automatic headlamps on/off feature S
Air Conditioning S
Pollen Air Filter A
Illuminated Entry and Exit – remote activated S
Key-out Courtesy Light S
Auto-off Interior Light S
Driver/Passenger Adjustable Reading Lamps S
Sports Instrument cluster with blue illumination & unique XR graphics S
Trip computer including trip time, fuel used, average fuel, average speed, distance-to-empty (steering wheel mounted controls) S
LCD display including trip computer, Odometer & speed alert indicator (audible warning) S
Barra 190 4.0L DOHC DIVCT I6 -
E-Gas – 4.0L DOHC VCT I6 Engine -
Barra 220 – 5.4L SOHC V8 3V Engine -
Barra 245T 4.0L DOHC DIVCT I6 Turbo -
Boss 260 – 5.4L DOHC V8 4V Engine S
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Max. Power (DIN) (standard engine) 260 kW @ 5250 rpm
Max. Power (DIN) (optional e-gas engine) -
Max. Power (DIN) (optional V8 engine) -
Max. Torque (DIN) (standard engine) 500 Nm @ 4000 rpm
Max. Torque (DIN) (optional e-gas engine) -
Max. Torque (DIN) (optional V8 engine) -
Bore x Stroke (mm) 90.2 x 105.8 mm
Displacement (L) 5.408
100 watt AM/FM Stereo Radio with single CD -
100 watt AM/FM Radio with 6 in-dash CD S
Steering wheel mounted audio controls S
Battery 54Ah
Alternator 130A
Clutch type Self-adjusting diaphragm spring
Diameter 279mm
Fuel tank capacity (L) 75
Fuel tank capacity (L) (optional e-gas engine) -
Maximum Towing Capacity
Manua 1200kg
Automatic 1600kg
Automatic (heavy duty towbar and load levelling kit) 2300kg
Fixed Centre Seat with Lap/Sash Seat Belt -
Cloth Trim Sports Bucket Seats S
4-Way Power Adjustment for Driver Seat S
Adjustable Lumbar Support for Driver S
Adjustable Lumbar Support for Passenger S
Quick-Tilt Forward Seats S
Cargo Dimensions
Suspension type (mm) Sports
Floor level load length (mm) 1818.8
Belt level load length (mm) 1848.0
Wheelhouse cargo width (mm) 1154.0
Floor and belt level rear opening width (mm) 1394.0
Liftover height (mm) 663.0
Cargo depth (mm) 410.1
Vehicle Masses
Suspension type (kg) Sports
GVM (kg) 2280
Kerb mass (kg) 1830
Payload (maximum) (kg) 450
Front axle load (maximum) (kg) 1165
Rear axle load (maximum) (kg) 1170
GCM-manual 1200kg towing (kg) 3360
- auto 1600kg towing (kg) 3720
- auto 2300kg towing (kg) 4350
Exterior Dimensions
Overall length (mm) 5101
Overall width (mm) 1871
Wheelbase (mm) 3095
Front track (mm) 1533
Rear track (mm) 1547
Front overhang (mm) 932
Rear overhang (mm) 1074
Exterior Features
Body Colour Body Side Protection Mouldings S
Body Colour Mirrors S
Variable Speed Intermittent Windscreen Wipers S
Rear / Side Demister S
On-glass Antenna S
Wiring Facility for Cargo Lamp and High Mount Stop Lamp S
Polyethylene loadbed S
Tonneau Cover (black with 2 steel bows) S
Underbody protection shields -
Wheel arch fender flares -
Delete tonneau hooks O
Aluminium tray -
Aluminium tray (with side steps and rear mudflaps) A
Rear mudflaps A
Partial body styling kit -
Full body styling kit S
Dual outlet exhaust system – bright tip S
Drive Ratio
3.45:1 O
2.73:1 S
6-Speed manual transmission O
ZF 6-Speed Sequential Sports Shift auto transmission (incl. adaptive shift) S
Boss 260 5.4L DOHC 4V V8 S
Safety and Security
Traction Control S
Driver Airbag S
Passenger Airbag S
Adjustable Seatbelt Height S
Beltminderâ„¢ Alarm System S
Pyrotechnic seatbelt buckle pretensioners S
Restraints control module, driver seat position sensor, crash severity sensor S
Child Seat Anchorage Point S
Smartshield security system S
Remote Central Locking S
Anti-lock braking system S
Alarm system A
Exterior Styling
18″ 5 spoke alloy wheels – 245/40 ZR18 sport tyres S
Power bulge hard tonneau – with spoiler/with alloy sports bar/with alloy sports bar and spoiler O/A
Flat hard tonneau cover A
Alloy sports bar O/A
Interior Storage
Centre console bin with lid (except with fixed centre seat) S
Cup Holders/ Door Bins/ Command Ctr Storage Console S
Lockable glove box S
Driver side coat hook S
Exterior Protection
Bonnet protector/foglamp guards/headlamp guards/weathershields A
Lights on feature A
Mudspats A
Sump guard A
Soft tonneau covers/leathergrain tonneau cover A
Ride and Handling
Fully Independent Double Wishbone Front Suspension S
1-Tonne Suspension -
Hotchkiss Rear Suspension S
Heavy Duty Suspension -
Rack and Pinion Power Assisted Steering S
Turns (lock-to-lock) 2.8
Turning circle (kerb-to-kerb) 11.5
Limited slip differential (LSD) S
Vented Disc Front Brakes with Twin Piston Caliper -
Solid Disc Rear Brakes with Single Piston Caliper -
16″ x 6.5″ silver steel spare wheel (rated 1-tonne) -
Sports suspension S
Performance brakes with vented front disc with twin piston caliper S
Performance brakes with vented rear disc with single piston caliper S
16″ x 7.0″ alloy wheel (rated 1-tonne) – 215/55 R16 95W tyre -
16” x 7.0” alloy wheel (rated 1-tonne) – 215/65 R16 C 1-tonne tyre -
17″ x 8.0″ alloy wheel – 235/45 R17 93W tyre S
17″ x 7.5″ black steel spare wheel S
16” x 7.0” silver steel wheel (rated 1-tonne) – 215/65 R16 C 1-tonne tyre -
18″ 5 spoke alloy wheels – 245/40 ZR18 sport tyres S
Towing Capacity
1600kg rated (auto)/1200kg rated (manual) towbar A
2300kg rated heavy duty towpack (auto only) A
Gear Ratios
1st – 6-speed Auto 4.17
2nd – 6-speed Auto 2.34
3rd – 6-speed Auto 1.52
4th – 6-speed Auto 1.14
5th – 6-speed Auto 0.87
6th – 6-speed Auto 0.69
Reverse – 6-speed Auto 3.40
1st – 6-speed Manual 2.97
2nd – 6-speed Manual 1.78
3rd – 6-speed Manual 1.3
4th – 6-speed Manual 1.00
5th – 6-speed Manual 0.80
6th – 6-speed Manual 0.63
Reverse – 6-speed Manual 2.90
Interior Styling
XR leather seat trim O
XR sports leather seat trim O
XR luxury interior package with Premium ICC, XR sports leather seat trim O
Alloy pedal pads S
Momo leather steering wheel (available in grey, blue or red) O
Momo gear knob/Sequential Sports Shifter O
Scuff plate inserts A
Interior Comforts and Storage
Cabin tidy A
Cargo swing net A
Carpet mats/rubber floor mats A
XR carpet mats (available in grey, blue or red) A
Dashmat A
Disabled drivers kit (auto only) A
Pollen filter A
Smokers pack A
XR waterproof seat covers A
In-Car Electrical and Entertainment
Bluetooth® mobile phone kit A
iPod®/MP3 audio input/auxiliary audio plug in A
Fridge ‘Day Tripper’ 15L/fridge power adaptor A

S – Standard.
O – Factory Option that can be ordered before a vehicle is manufactured.
A – Accessory that can be added at any time.
NCO – No cost option that can be ordered before a vehicle is manufactured.

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