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Mike Stevens | Sep, 18 2012 | 5 Comments

Holden's big new Colorado 7 off-roader has been spied roaming the streets of Melbourne this week, ahead of its early 2013 market debut.

Based on the new Colorado pickup, the seven-seat 4WD will enter the Holden range above the considerably softer Captiva 7 SUV.

The big wagon made its international debut earlier this year, revealed as the Chevrolet Trailblazer. In Australia, it will be the Holden's first body-on-frame family 4WD in nearly a decade.

Speaking in March, Holden marketing boss John Elsworth said the carmaker expects the Colorado 7 to build on the success of the Captiva, while offering buyers greater freedom.

“The Colorado 7 will be a perfect fit for customers looking for the increased packaging flexibility and lifestyle benefits of clever interior storage, seven seats and rugged off-road performance," Elsworth said.

In concept form, the Colorado 7, and the Chevrolet Trailblazer, is powered by a new 2.8 litre turbodiesel engine - likely the same 132kW/470Nm mill that features in the Colorado pickup range.

Like the pickup, the Colorado 7 features a body-on-frame design, and Holden promises solid off-road and towing performance for the big SUV.

The Colorado 7 is also expected to give Holden a genuine competitor in rural markets, where the old Rodeo-based Frontera found a sales niche.

Ford Australia is also understood to be developing an SUV version of its new Ranger pickup, which will rival the Colorado 7 and Mitsubishi's Triton-based Challenger.

Keep your eyes peeled: this isn't the first time the Colorado 7 has been spied without camouflage, and it won't be the last.

An unveiling at next month's Australian International Motor Show could also be on the cards.

Watch for more details on Holden's new large SUV over the coming months.

TMR thanks 'Captain Ahab' for the spy photos, who swears he couldn't get in front of the big Holden.

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