While Ford remains tight lipped on pricing and specification for its equivalent, HSV has fully detailed its Colorado SportsCat and Sportscat+ that’s expected to arrive in dealerships soon.
Pricing starts from $60,790 (plus on-road costs) for the SportsCat and $66,790 for the SportsCat+ with six-speed manual transmission, almost $6000 more than the Holden Colorado Z71. A six-speed automatic costs an additional $2200 in either model.
Apart from the convenience, automatic models gain an extra 60Nm of torque to produce of total of 147kW and 500Nm from the Colorado’s untouched 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel.
But HSV has tinkered elsewhere and the both models benefit from a limited-slip differential, HSV tuned sports suspension, bespoke 18-inch forged alloy wheels with 285/60 Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports All-Terrain rubber, 30mm wider wheel track compared to Z71 variants, 45mm higher ride height, HSV-tuned electronic stability control and an upgraded 25.4mm brake master cylinder.
The SportsCat+, which is a natural rival for Ford’s 157kW/500Nm 2.0-litre turbo diesel-powered Raptor, gains additional gear including a rear de-coupling anti-rollbar, bonnet bulge and front AP Racing 4-piston callipers with 362mm discs, that we drove late last year.
Additional options exclusive to the SportsCat+ are SupaShock suspension ($3600) and a Sail Plane hard lid ($1300).
Both models feature a unique look penned by HSV’s clayton-based design team that includes exclusive front grilles and fascias, fender flares, red recovery hooks, LED fog lamps and daytime running lights upfront, tubular side steps, black rear alloy sports bar and ‘Colorado’ embossed tailgate plaque.
Inside, the utes are fitted with SportsCat floor mats and perforated and suede leather sport seats, steering wheel and dash trims with red contrasting stitching. Conveniences include heated electric seats upfront, 8-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth, DAB+, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, seven-speaker audio system, remote start for automatic models and front and rear park assist with rear view camera.
Additional safety technology includes forward collision alert, lane departure warning, rain sensing wipers, hill descent control, trailer sway control and roll over mitigation.
Even with the Ranger Raptor looming, HSV says its first dual-cab ute offering and two-variant range will capture performance-inspired ute buyers.
“Given the breadth of styling, comfort and engineering enhancements, we’re confident the SportsCat range represents outstanding value”, said managing director, Tim Jackson.
“Our two-tier product strategy provides buyers with the flexibility to choose the model that best suits their work and lifestyle requirements”, he said.
Production has already begun and HSV says enquiry has been high, with stock expected to reach dealers in late March.
Pricing (plus on-road costs):
- Colorado SportsCat (manual): $60,790
- Colorado SportsCat+ (manual): $66,790
- 6-speed Automatic Transmission with Active Select: $2200
- Sail Plane (SportsCat+ only): $1300
- SupaShock suspension (SportsCat+ only): $3600
- Prestige Paint (Satin Steel Grey and Mineral Black): $550
- Tub-liner: $300
- Load Master: $795
- Eye-Bolt: $75
- Roof Rack: $647
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