2012 HOLDEN COLORADO
The 2012 Holden Colorado has made its global production debut this week in the form of the Chevrolet Colorado.
Unveiled in Thailand - the first international market to get the new pickup - the 2012 Colorado is expected to hit Australian showrooms in early 2012. Holden has yet to announce timing for its new utility.
The appearance this week of the new Colorado in production form follows its debut as a Chevrolet-badged concept earlier this year. Holden later revealed a localised version of the concept at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne.
The new Colorado will be offered internationally with a total of 26 variants, combining a pair of diesel engines, two- and four-wheel-drive layouts, low- and high-riding suspension, wide- and narrow-bodystyles, along with single, extended and crew-cabs.
GM has yet to release the full details on the new Colorado, but what's to be had for now is what you'll find below.
The 2012 Colorado will be offered with a pair of all-new Duramax four-cylinder diesel engines: one 2.5 litre and one 2.8 litre unit.
The 2.5 litre turbodiesel produces 110kW and 350Nm of torque, while the larger 2.8 litre turbodiesel delivers 132kW and 470Nm of torque when paired with a six-speed automatic, and 440Nm (rev points not provided) with the standard five-speed manual.
Fuel consumption figures have yet to be released. No petrol engines have been announced.
Two levels of chassis and suspension tuning will be offered, although details here have not been revealed.
Internationally, the new Colorado will be offered in three trim grades: entry-level LS, mid-range LT and the top-spec LTZ.
Depending on specifications, the 2012 Colorado gets dual-projector headlights and LED taillights, chrome interior highlights and LED interior lighting. Auxiliary power and USB connectivity is standard across the range.
The seats are timmed in flat-woven cloth fabric as standard, or with optional leather on high-end models with matching instrument panel inserts. A front vinyl bench seat will be offered with base models.
""We have engineered the new Colorado to meet the needs and desires of commercial and personal buyers alike. It can be a workhorse, a family hauler, a lifestyle vehicle, or a truck that plays to the higher-end premium buyer," GM's global midsize truck boss said.
"That versatility is a big win for our customers. Regardless of configuration, they're getting the features of a common frame and body structure, high-performing powertrains and outstanding refinement. There are no sacrifices in fundamental hardware or aesthetics, from a very basic two-door work truck all the way up to a premium crew cab.
For the Australian Colorado, Holden will retain the Chevrolet dual-port grille design, replacing the iconic 'bowtie' badge with Holden's familiar lion.
Local specifications have not been revealed, but to tackle the new Ranger and BT-50, along with the updated HiLux and Amarok, we can likely expect both Duramax engines and most of the 26 configurations to be offered in Australia.
Watch for more details as the new Colorado nears its early 2012 Australian debut.