Neither will be wearing Holden badges however, appearing as the Chevrolet Colorado Xtreme and Chevrolet TrailBlazer Premier, despite both concepts being designed and built at Holden’s Port Melbourne design studio.
“The Colorado Xtreme and Trailblazer Premier show vehicles were created with the intent of injecting excitement and passion into the critical light commercial and SUV segments, while reinforcing Holden and Chevrolet’s commitment to exciting design and listening to customer feedback.” According to Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Bernhard.
“We have a world class design team based in Port Melbourne, who continually impress the world with stunning concepts such as the 2015 North American Concept Car of the Year, Buick Avenir, the recently revealed, Australian built, Opel GT and now the Colorado Xtreme and Trailblazer Premier show vehicles.”
The two vehicles, despite their common underpinnings, are aimed at distinctly different ends of the market, with the rugged Colorado Xtreme set up for off-road adventure.
A roof-top carry-all, side steps, rear step-bar, snorkel, wheel-arch flares, front brush bar, and 18-inch beadlock alloy wheels with all terrain tyres give the Colorado Xtreme a ready-for-anything appearance.
Look a little closer however, and the new grille, headlights, and redesigned dash with General Motor’s 8.0-inch MyLink touchscreen display point to the changes expected on the updated Colorado ute range.
Similarly the TrailBlazer Premier offers show car features like blingy 22-inch alloy wheels, and a two-tone leather interior, but peer closely and it’s almost ready to roll in production guise.
While the rear of the vehicle is untouched, the front features new headlights and a new front bumper, extra chrome highlights, and slimmer grille. Inside a new dashboard design also features.
Holden proudly declares that the concepts “give customers a strong hint at Chevrolet and Holden’s future design direction” with the only real difference between the two likely to be the placement of a round Holden badge where the Chevrolet bowtie currently sits.
Of course, all the concept car elements will be stripped away with the move to production; expect a wheel and tyre package similar to the current models, and interior trims that are a little less colourful and luxuriant.
Full details on the facelifted Colorado models, including their Australian introduction, are yet to follow, but with Holden’s ambitious new model onslaught already underway, an updated Colorado and Colorado 7 are sure to arrive soon.
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