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Holden Colorado now arriving

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13th June, 2012

With Holden dealers across the nation preparing for the arrival of the new-generation Colorado utes, the first deliveries to Australian customers will be taking place very soon.

New from the ground up, the 2012 Holden Colorado range benefits from a powerful new range of Duramax turbo-diesel engines, bold exterior and interior design, segment-leading 3.5 tonne towing capability, sure-footed driving dynamics and serious 4x4 credentials on certain models.

Holden engineers and designers contributed significantly to Colorado’s global development programme, ensuring the new light commercial meets the specific needs of Australian customers.

The Colorado line-up offers customers a vast array of choices, from the DX Single Cab 4x2 to the range-topping LTZ 4x4 Crew Cab featuring sports bar, side steps and 17” alloy wheels as standard equipment.

Holden’s ultimate workhorse features a minimum one tonne payload regardless of powertrain and up to 3.5 tonne towing capacity on all 2.8 litre powered variants.

Holden Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, John Elsworth said this new-generation Colorado was the most refined and capable light truck ever produced by General Motors.

“The new Colorado raises the bar for diesel engine technology, load-carrying capability, features and value in the light commercial segment,” Elsworth said.

“The 2012 range blends the hardworking Colorado attributes loved by our customers with exceptional cabin refinement and SUV-like ride and handling.”

“Holden’s contribution to the global programme has ensured Colorado is tuned with Australian driving preferences in mind, and we’ve worked hard to locally develop a range of durable, accessories as tough as the Colorado itself.”

Mr Elsworth said Holden would take a fresh approach to the launch of Colorado by targeting new fleet customers in regional Australia as well as traditional Colorado buyers.

“Colorado’s incredible load-carrying and pulling power combined with its tough styling, powerful diesel engine line-up and spacious cabin, will enable us to tap into crucial new markets in mining, construction and farming,” Elsworth said.

“Colorado’s key safety features – which are standard on every model from the value-packed DX to the LTZ hero – also give us a competitive edge in these critical markets while meeting the needs of private LCV customers.”

The new Holden Colorado is yet to be tested by ANCAP for a crash worthiness rating.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Two new high-tech Duramax in-line four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines are central to Colorado’s hard working reputation.

Available in 2.8 litre and 2.5 litre displacements, both engines are designed to achieve a balance of load-carrying performance and fuel economy.

The new 2.8 litre – when matched with the optional 6-speed automatic transmission – produces 10 per cent more power and 40 per cent more torque than the outgoing 3.0 litre diesel powertrain it replaces.

Peak torque is delivered at low rpm for maximum driveability with the 2.8 litre diesel achieving an impressive 470 Nm of torque when matched with the 6-speed automatic transmission.

Power and Torque˄


Power (kW)

Torque (Nm)

2.5 litre in-line 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine with five-speed manual transmission
(selected models only)

110 @ 3,800 rpm

350 @ 2,000 rpm

2.8 litre in-line 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine with five-speed manual transmission

132 @ 3,800 rpm

440 @ 2,000 rpm

2.8 litre in-line 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine with six-speed automatic transmission

132 @ 3,800 rpm

470 @ 2,000 rpm

˄ Power and torque figures as per ECE regulations

Towing and Payload

Colorado’s powerful engine performance has enabled Holden to offer class-leading towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes across the 2.8 litre diesel range, while the 2.5 litre DX 4x2 range achieves a 3.0 tonne towing capacity.

The Colorado’s cargo-carrying ability is further enhanced with a one tonne payload standard on every model in the range, regardless of powertrain or body style. Some models have a payload of up to 1.4 tonne.

Safety and Security

The Holden Colorado has across-the-range standard fitment of a comprehensive range of high-technology active and passive safety features.

Colorado also benefits from a robust frame and body structure constructed from high-strength steel and a technically advanced chassis systems which delivers enhanced accident avoidance capabilities. Full length side impact protection beams reinforce the passenger safety cell and offers optimum protection in the event of a collision.

Standard safety features include:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Front airbags for driver and passenger
  • Full length curtain airbags
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners with load limiters
  • Front seatbelt sash height adjust
  • Three rear seat child anchor points (Crew Cab models)

Standard security features include:

  • Alarm
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Two flip keys
  • Tailgate lock (utility models only)

Model Range

Boasting up to 26 model combinations, the new Holden Colorado range offers customers a vast array of options.

Colorado comes in three body styles – the three-seat Single Cab, Space Cab with rear access doors and two jump seats and the Crew Cab, which has improved passenger comfort.

All Colorado models are comprehensively equipped with standard features, including:

Holden Colorado DX highlights:

  • 2.5 litre Duramax diesel (4x2)
  • 2.8 litre Duramax diesel (4x4)
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Sump guard
  • High ride height
  • 16” steel wheels
  • Hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering
  • Independent double wishbone, coil spring front suspension
  • Leaf spring rear suspension
  • Front airbags for driver and passenger
  • Full length curtain airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Front split bench seat
  • Vinyl floor trim
  • Air-conditioning
  • Power windows
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • USB input with iPod® connectivity
  • 12V power outlet
  • Alarm
  • Two flip keys

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Holden Colorado LX highlights over DX:

  • 2.8 litre Duramax diesel
  • Optional 6-speed automatic transmission with active select
  • Cruise control
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls
  • Leather wrap steering wheel
  • Body coloured exterior mirrors with side turn signal
  • Power adjustable electric mirrors
  • Front bucket seats
  • Carpet floor trim
  • 4-way adjustable driver’s seat (Single Cab)
  • 6-way adjustable driver’s seat (Space and Crew Cab)
  • 6-speakers (Space and Crew Cab)

Holden Colorado LT highlights over LX:

  • 16” alloy wheels (4)
  • Front fog lamps

Holden Colorado LTZ highlights over LT:

  • 17” alloy wheels (4)
  • 17” alloy spare wheel
  • Projector headlamps
  • Front fog lamps with chrome surround
  • Chrome exterior mirrors with side turn signal
  • Power adjustable and power folding exterior mirrors
  • Chrome exterior and interior door handles
  • Chrome rear bumper and tailgate handle
  • LED tail lights
  • Soft tonneau
  • Alloy sports bar
  • Side steps
  • Electronic climate control
  • Leather wrap gear knob (manual)
  • Chrome gear selector (automatic option)
  • 8-way electric adjustable driver’s seat
  • 8 speakers (Crew Cab)


The Colorado exterior and interior design were developed at GM’s design studio in Brazil, where the team was challenged with coming up with a 'clean sheet' design that would appeal to a vast array of customers in multiple markets, including Australia.

The team was also challenged to provide a design that worked consistently across 26 Colorado packaging combinations.

Feedback from design clinics held across the globe including Brazil, Thailand and Australia helped the team develop a final theme featuring wedged horizontal line work to complement Colorado’s overall tough, robust proportions.

The finished exterior design has a strong 'personality' and carefully balances 'muscular' styling with finer sculpted highlights which sweep through Colorado’s roofline, doors and mudguards.

Quality details in the LTZ projector headlamps and LED tail lights lift the design into show car territory and lend elegance to the overall design.

Inside, Colorado is a blend of intuitive functionality and comfort. A dual cockpit design was adopted to make an impression of spaciousness, with numerous practical and well-placed storage options throughout.

Colour and trim designers, including Holden’s Kirsty Lindsay, developed an attractive and hard-wearing interior trim combination designed to withstand the most extreme rigours placed on a working vehicle.

Holden will offer seven exterior colour choices:

Colorado 4x2

  • Black Sapphire – metallic black
  • Summit White – solid white
  • Nitrate – classic silver metallic
  • Royal Grey – metallic grey

Colorado 4x4

  • Summit White – solid white
  • Black Sapphire – metallic black
  • Royal Grey – metallic grey
  • Nitrate – classic silver metallic
  • Blue Mountain - metallic light blue
  • Oceanic – bright metallic blue
  • Sizzle – bright metallic red

Manufacturing location

The new Holden range is sourced from GM’s vehicle assembly plant in Rayong, Thailand.

The powerful new range of Duramax four-cylinder turbo diesel engines are produced exclusively at GM’s Thailand engine operations, which opened alongside the vehicle plant in September last year.

Exterior Dimensions (4x4)


Single Cab

Space Cab

Crew Cab


3,096 mm

3,096 mm

3,096 mm

Overall length (chassis)

5,147 mm

5,127 mm

5,127 mm

Overall length


5,347 mm

5,347 mm

Overall width
(excluding mirrors)

1,882 mm

1,882 mm

1,882 mm

Overall height

1,785 mm

1,780 mm

1,780 mm

Front overhang

944 mm

944 mm

944 mm

Rear overhang


1,308 mm

1,308 mm

Front track

1,570 mm

1,570 mm

1,570 mm

Rear track

1,570 mm

1,570 mm

1,570 mm

Interior Dimensions


Single Cab

Space Cab

Crew Cab

Front legroom

1,049 mm

1,049 mm

1,049 mm

Front headroom

1,014 mm

1,005 mm

1,005 mm

Front shoulder room

1,462 mm

1,458 mm

1,458 mm

Rear legroom


739 mm

914 mm

Rear headroom


950 mm

973 mm

Rear shoulder room


1,481 mm

1,450 mm

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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