HOLDEN COLORADO 7
Going on sale in Australia in the first quarter of 2013, the Colorado 7 will figure among an overhauled Holden line-up that will include its Colorado pickup stablemate, the new Malibu sedan and the Volt plug-in hybrid.
“Colorado 7 will also offer excellent interior flexibility and comfort for up to seven passengers across a third row of seats," Holden Executive Director Marketing, Sales and Aftersales John Elsworth said.
“It will have the fuel-efficiency and interior comfort of a modern family SUV, along with the towing ability of a working vehicle and the off-road capability of a true 4X4. We’re confident it will have all bases well and truly covered.”
In concept form, the Colorado 7, and the Chevrolet Trailblazer, is powered by a new 2.8 litre turbodiesel engine - likely the same 132kW/470Nm mill that features in the international Colorado pickup range.
Like the Colorado pickup, the Colorado 7 features a body-on-frame design, and Holden promises solid off-road and towing performance for the big SUV.
The Colorado 7 is also expected to give Holden a genuine competitor in rural markets, where the old Rodeo-based Frontera proved a popular offering.
With Ford Australia believed to be working on an SUV version of its own new Ranger pickup, the timing for the Colorado 7 couldn't be better.
Watch for more details on Holden's new large SUV over the coming year.
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