Holden Colorado 7

We had the extreme pleasure of being at the media day at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney today to see the debut of Holden’s new 4×4 off roader the Colorado 7 we were that impressed that it went straight to the top of the list of cars we want to review.

Due to go on sale in late December the Colorado 7 gives Holden a serious 4X4 something it hasn’t had since the demised of the Jackaroo.

The Colorado 7 is built off the same platform as the Colorado Ute so you know it will impressive diesel powered performance something that us here at 3 on The Tree really excited. Not only is going to have the performance but it will have a superb off road capability as well from the chassis configuration designed specifically for the SUV.

The Colorado 7 as the name suggests seats 7 and offers a considerate amount of cargo space which gives you the ability to take the whole family off road at any time in comfort.

The Colorado 7 will be available in two specifications, the well-equipped entry level LT and top-spec LTZ.

The Colorado 7 has received a 5-star ANCAP safety rating as you would expect from a vehicle with list of safety features as long as your arm including Electronic Stability Control, dual front airbags and full-length curtain airbags that extend to the third row as standard fit.

The Colorado 7 will only be available with one engine and transmission combination but it’s the same awesome combination available on the Colorado Ute the 2.8L Duramax diesel engine rated at 132 kW power and 470 Nm of torque backed by a 6-speed automatic transmission.

While the platform might very similar to the the Colorado ute, where they vary is in chassis engineering with the Colorado 7’s chassis engineered independently of the Colorado Ute and is aimed towards passenger comfort.  While both models share an independent double wishbone front suspension set up, Colorado 7 features a five-link live axle rear suspension configuration that’s unique to the SUV and coil springs front and rear.

The Colorado 7’s off road ability is due to a part time four wheel drive system with transfer case, with low and high ratio gears, shift on the fly and Limited Slip Differential, Hill Descent Control which enhances the 4X4 capability of the Colorado 7.

On the inside the Colorado 7’ offers spacious layout which not only will seat up to 7 in comfort, but when needed offers a huge 1830 litres of cargo with the second and third row seats folded.

Holden Executive Director Sales, Marketing and Aftersales John Elsworth said the Colorado 7 was the first of two new SUVs Holden will introduce in the next 12 months.

“The SUV market is booming right now, and the Colorado 7 gives us another solid opportunity to tap into this fast-growing area of the market,” he said.

“Colorado 7 is the first true heavy duty off-roader to wear a Holden badge in around 10 years and matches the Colorado for genuine buyer appeal, bold design and advanced diesel engine technology.

“Colorado 7 is a true seven-seat, full-size 4X4, which is ideal for customers shopping for an SUV that can take them off the beaten track and still carry the family and haul cargo at the weekend.”

“It was designed to stand side-by-side with the Colorado LCV at the Holden dealership, and will complement our Captiva range by offering a serious alternative.

“And with gutsy performance from our proven Duramax 2.8 diesel engine, Colorado 7 is set to become the toughest Holden off-roader we’ve sold to date.”

Powertrain and performance

Colorado 7 is powered by the same Duramax in-line four-cylinder 2.8-litre diesel engine first seen in the Colorado LCV range. It delivers peak torque of 470 Nm and 132 kW of power.

The high-tech diesel engine is designed to achieve a balance of load-carrying performance and fuel economy and returns 9.4 litres per 100 kilometres and 252 grams of COper kilometre.

Colorado 7 has an impressive 3,000kg towing capacity thanks to the torque and strength from its diesel powertrain, 6-speed automatic transmission and robust driveline.

Colorado 7’s stable footprint is courtesy of front independent double wishbone suspension and independent five-link rear suspension configuration with coil springs at all four wheels.

The five-link rear suspension has been engineered to provide greater stability and surefooted performance, particularly when towing. Its design enables a smoother towing experience and minimises trailer snaking and lateral movement.

Highlights include:

  • 2.8-litre Duramax in-line 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select
  • Independent double wishbone front suspension
  • Five-link live axle rear suspension
  • Coil springs front and rear
  • Hydraulic power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering
  • Part time 4X4 system  with dual range and two-speed transfer case
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Cruise control
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Limited Slip Differential

Key technical specifications:

Overall Length (mm) 4878
Overall Width, including mirrors (mm) 2131
Minimum Ground Clearance (mm) 219 231
Wheelbase (mm) 2845
Front Overhang (mm) 948
Rear Overhang (mm) 1085
Front Track (mm) 1570
Rear Track (mm) 1588
Approach Angle  (degrees) 30
Departure Angle (degrees) 22
Ramp Break-over Angle (degrees) 22

Safety and security

Colorado 7 has been awarded a five star ANCAP safety rating thanks to its comprehensive range of high-technology active and passive safety features.

Front driver and passenger airbags and full-length curtain airbags that extend to the third row seats are standard features on both LT and LTZ models, while rear parking sensors and a reversing camera provide additional peace of mind.

Colorado 7 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 and security features:

  • 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
  • Three-point seatbelts across all seven seats
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Reversing camera
  • Security alarm

Bold, dynamic exterior design

Holden’s newest SUV was designed in parallel with the Colorado truck in GM’s design studio in Brazil, where the team was challenged with creating a clean sheet design that would appeal to a vast bandwidth of customers in multiple markets.

Designers have made full use of Colorado’s brutish proportions to create a bold and appealing exterior design that conveys a sense of agility and purpose.

Colorado 7’s strong personality is balanced with muscular styling with finer sculpted highlights which sweep through Colorado 7’s roofline, doors and fenders, and a distinctive upper glass canopy that wraps around the rear corners of the exterior.

Holden Colorado 7 LT

Standard LT features include:

  • Reversing camera
  • Rear Park Assist
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Body coloured front and rear bumpers
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Body coloured mirrors with side turn signal
  • Side steps
  • Front fog lights
  • Front and rear mudflaps
  • Aluminium roof rails

Holden Colorado 7 LTZ

LTZ builds on LT features, with:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Projector headlamps
  • LED tail lamps
  • Front fog lights with chrome surround
  • Chrome side window mouldings
  • Body coloured door handles with chrome strip
  • Chrome power folding side mirrors with side turn signal

Roomy interior designed with seven seats and clever storage

The Holden Colorado 7 has a spacious and flexible seven-seat layout, with up to 30 practical storage options located throughout the cabin.

Up front, the Colorado 7 features a sculpted dual cockpit design with flowing instrument panel that seamlessly integrates with the front upper door panels.  LED ice blue illumination enhances the three-dimensional dials, dual gauge instrument cluster, audio system and air-conditioning controls in the driver’s display and centre stack.

For maximum flexibility, Colorado 7’s second row has 60/40 split folding seats which can be stowed in a forward tumble motion with a single latch in the seat back.  The second row seat backs are also reclinable by up to six degrees, while the third row has a 50/50 split configuration.  Both rows fold to create a flat load space.

Colorado 7 has a generous 235 litre rear cargo area with the third row in use, which increases to 878 litres with the third row folded into the floor.  Additional storage is available with the second row tumbled (1,780 litres) and folded (1,830 litres).

Passengers in the second and third rows benefit from roof-mounted air-conditioning controls with four air vents.

Standard LT features include:

  • Leather wrap steering wheel
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • USB and auxiliary
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Woven cloth seat trim
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls
  • Power windows with cloth trim door inserts and metallic spear mouldings
  • Roof mounted rear air-conditioning controls with second and third row air vents
  • 60/40 tumble fold removable second row seats
  • 50/50 folding third row seats
  • Third row armrest storage
  • Rear auxiliary power outlet and coat hooks

LTZ builds on LT features, with:

  • Leather seat trim
  • Six-way electric adjustable driver’s seat
  • Eight-speaker audio system with amplifier
  • Single zone climate control
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Gloss Piano Grey centre stack mouldings
  • Chrome gear shifter

Exterior colours

Holden will offer six exterior colour choices:

  • Summit White – solid white
  • Carbon Flash* – metallic black
  • Royal Grey* – metallic grey
  • Nitrate* – classic silver metallic
  • Blue Mountain* – metallic light blue
  • Sizzle – bright metallic red

*Prestige paint

Thanks to GM Holden for the above information for more details about the Colorado 7 check out the Holden website http://www.holden.com.au/vehicles/colorado-7

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