The Holden Colorado will be given an update before the end of this year, but before it arrives on Aussie shores, we can see what Holden’s new ute range will look like thanks to the unveiling in Brazil of the new Chevrolet S10 pickup.
The new Colorado takes its styling cues from the Colorado Xtreme concept, which was built by Holden and first shown at the Bangkok International Motor Show in March (and not to be confused with Walkinshaw’s Colorado Xtreme upgrade kit).
The most obvious of the Colorado’s changes is a restyled front, incorporating a wider, chrome-rimmed grille that stretches to the newly-designed headlights, which incorporate LED running lights.
A new bonnet sits above the more chiseled face. Also new is a restyled bumper with deeper air-intakes and new fog-light housings.
Although not shown, GM also promises new storage solutions inside the tub, with optional LED lighting also available.
So far only the top-spec Colorado LTZ has been shown, which in show-car guise also wears roof racks, a hard tonneau cover and rear sail plane, along with 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the Colorado gets a new dash, housing GM’s latest MyLink 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system offering features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.
Soft touch materials, and new fabrics and finishes have been used throughout the interior, a new climate control panel replaces the previous circular module, but the Colorado’s steering wheel remains unchanged.
Under the skin the Colorado’s 2.8 litre Duramax diesel continues and while Holden hasn’t outlined any changes to the engine, or six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, fuel economy is said to be improved by around five percent.
There is no word on any change to the Colorado's 147kW and 440Nm (man) 500Nm (auto) outputs.
Holden engineers did get a say in the chassis development however, with a more refined ride and better handling promised, while still delivering impressive off-road capability and maintaining the Colorado’s 3500kg maximum towing capacity.
Holden has also hinted that the Colorado Xtreme concept’s look will be able to be recreated via a genuine accessory range, hinting that as much as 70 percent of the tough-truck’s rugged add-ons will be available including a safari bar, sports bar, and a range of alloy wheels.
Final launch timing, pricing, and specifications for Australia are yet to be confirmed, but a late 2016 arrival is most likely.
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