2016 Holden Colorado: Review

Pickup trucks are not only big hit in US yet its growing popularity is also notable in Australia and Asia but new models are to be born in Europe as well. Holden is General motors’ division situated in Port Melbourne Australia and Holden Colorado is pickup truck produced by this company. It is faced with opponents like Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, etc. All Holden Colorado models are currently being made in Thailand. This version of Colorado and variant that is sold in US are essentially different but they also share a few similarities. Both models are built to satisfy particular market demands and their exteriors, interiors and even platforms are different.

However, 2016 US-spec Colorado will begin to offer 2.8 liter Duramax diesel engine while Holden’s version is already equipped with this engine. For 2016 model Holden will offer Z71 top-trim model of Colorado and this is obviously brand’s response on Ford’s Wildtrak model. This model brings impressive features to this pickup truck including more aggressive look and luxury interior in order to stay competitive with other brand’s top models. However, just like other similar rival models, 2016 Holden Colorado is available in number of different variants and styles ranging from basic work trucks to luxury equipped versions like the new Z71 model. So, Colorado offers distinctive look, comfortable interior and of course strong engine and good cargo and towing capacity.

2016 Holden Colorado

2016 Holden Colorado: Performance

Under the hood of all 2016 Holden Colorado models is the same Duramax 2 turbodiesel engine capable to hit class leading towing capacity and good payload ratings. Engine is of newer design but it doesn’t provide so modern feel and can be noisy while it is also not so responsive and doesn’t provide very sharp acceleration like some similar engines on other UTES. However, it succeeds to be competitive in terms of power and fuel efficiency but also in hauling and towing. The engine develops 197 HP (147 KW) at 3600 rpm and torque figures are at 440 Nm from 2400 rpm with manual transmission while with automatic gearbox it hits 500 Nm at same 2400 rpm. In the most of the models engine is combined with six-speed manual shifter while alternative is six-speed automatic gearbox with Active select. The model comes with either rear wheel drive or with dual-range all wheel dive. All-wheel drive is switchable and driver can transfer between two and all-four wheel dive while truck is on the move. Fuel economy depends on many factors including chosen body configuration, transmission and according to company’s tests on combined cycle it varies from around  7.9 liters per 100 km to 9.7 liters per 100 km.  Properly equipped models allow class leading 3,500 kg towing capacity.

The model is planted on a ladder frame and uses independent double wishbone with coil spring front suspension while leaf springs are used for rear setup. Rack and pinion steering system maybe needs more precision while handling doesn’t provide confidence as much we would feel in a Ranger a or Amarok models. Model isn’t also equipped with rear locking differential which is available with many rival models.

2016 Holden Colorado: Exterior, Interior

The 2016 Holden Colorado has rugged persona which is distinguished with unique front fascia. Split grille design makes this vehicle easily recognizable and it is flanked by nicely shaped headlights. Bellow sits sculpted bumper which houses fog lights and it also adds to its appearance giving it more rugged character. Side panels and wheel arches are subtly molded which makes model look balanced. Z71 package model features more aggressive look with more chrome accents and matte black decal on the hood. It also boast larger wheels and includes underbody skid plates.

Interior side promotes upgraded materials and features and improved sound isolation will make cabin quieter. Front seats are comfortable and supportive and higher grades will bring more refinement and better finishes which will improve overall impression. Dashboard looks effective and center stack in most of lineup houses 7-inch touchscreen. Below are unique rotary controls and models also includes multi-functional steering wheel.

Body styles, Trims, Safety

Like all modern UTES, this model is available in variety of body styles and trims. Available body forms are Single Cab, Space Cab and Crew Cab and the last two in cab on chassis and pick-up formations as well. Fold down rear seats are accessible through rear-hinged doors in Space Cabs while five seats and conventional doors are featured in case of Crew cab models. Available trims are DX, LS, LT, LTZ and Z71. DX is basic trim which is only available with Single Cab on chassis model with 4WD. This is only Colorado with three-bench front seat. All other models include bucket seats and two additional airbags. A 7-inch Holden MyLink infotainment system is included all trims expect mentioned DX. System provides Bluetooth connectivity and Audio streaming, Siri Eye Free, smartphone compatibility, satellite navigation, etc. A 16-inch wheels are standard on DX and LS trims. LTZ level adds rearview camera, air conditioning, and power seats while Crew Cabs with this trim also include leather seats, projector headlamps, sports bars, side steps, and 17-inch wheels. LTZ models are also underpinned with softer tuned suspension. Heated seats, automatic headlights, exterior trim inserts, 18-inch wheels, roof rails, leather upholstery are Z71 features. Safety covers electronic stability control, anti-lock braking system, traction control, hill start assist, descant control system, trailer sway control, airbags, rearview camera, etc.

2016 Holden Colorado: Conclusion, Price

The 2016 Holden Colorado isn’t refined and confident as some other alternatives but it still offers strong powertrain and competitive fuel economy and towing capacity. The price ranges from around $28,600 to 57,190 for top Z71 model.

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