TMR’s spy photographers have managed to catch the first look at the updated Colorado 7 SUV, undergoing testing in Melbourne.
Although heavily obscured by camouflage, these images show what Holden has in store for the revised seven-seater.
Despite bulky cladding covering all but the front doors, the Colorado 7 update won't involve any changes to sheet metal on the rear doors or rear quarter panels.
Accompanied by a regular Colorado dual-cab ute, the updated Colorado 7 shows that Holden’s engineering expertise is still being utilised for development work by General Motors globally.
The image below shows the upper corner of the rear door, and the sweeping beltline featured in the current Colorado 7. Likewise the shape of the rear tail lights, despite being ringed in black tape, appears the same as the current generation.
Number plate placement on the tailgate, and the rear bumper reflectors also appear to be unchanged.
There are bigger changes up front though, with a new interpretation of the Colorado 7’s twin-port grille. This time around the current model’s mesh inserts make way for horizontal louvres.
While the current generation only combines LED tail lights with projector head lights in top-spec LTZ grade, the version snapped here runs a new set of LED rear lights, but up front standard halogen headlamps are in place. This may not reflect final production specification.
In the lower bumper a set of larger foglamps, pushed further outboard sit in a revised front bumper.
Interior changes aren’t evident in these pictures, but the somewhat low-rent interior currently in use is expected to receive a comprehensive makeover to help the new Colorado square off against increased opposition from the likes of the Ford Everest and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
Beneath the bonnet, Holden will offer a lightly tweaked version of the current 2.8 litre turbo diesel engine, coupled to a six-speed automatic and dual-range 4x4 system.
In overseas markets the Colorado 7 will wear Chevrolet TrailBlazer badging, but apart from the requisite bow tie badges, there will be no other changes made to the look of the international model.
At the same time the Isuzu will also be preparing changes to its MU-X, which shares its platform with the Colorado 7, however development work for that model will be undertaken separately from the Holden/Chevrolet project.