You could consider the Z71 Xtreme a response to the Toyota HiLux Rugged X model - it’s an off-road-focused model plastered with genuine accessories, but rather than being assembled at a dedicated local production line, as the Toyota is, Holden gets its dealers to fit the gear to each Z71 ute. It’s available through about 120 of Holden’s 180 or so dealers.
There are a lot of additions, here - almost $20,000 worth, in fact - which helps explain the sizeable asking price for a new Z71 Xtreme. More on that below.
But as, er, eye-catching as the big stickers on the tailgate and hind quarters of the tray are, it mightn’t look quite as monster truckish as some buyers may want.
In terms of functional elements that change the form of the ute, at the front there’s a winch bar with an integrated 10,000 pound (4535-kilogram) winch and 30 metres of synthetic line (which, Holden is eager to point out, the army also uses, rather than steel rope), plus there’s an LED light bar - and the suspension at the front has been upgraded to cope with the extra mass. The uprated springs have been designed to mimic the regular model in terms of the trim of the vehicle, and can be had on any model with frontal protection (bull bar, safari bar, nudge bar or winch bar).
Further visual differentiators include a black grille and a bonnet bulge - we’ll get to what it's covering in a sec.
Other changes include a roof tray kit, fender flares, tubular black side-steps, a heavy-duty steel rear-step and black sports bar (which, unlike those of some competitors, isn’t load rated), a soft tonneau cover and under there you’ll find a vehicle recovery kit, including a rated recovery tongue for the tow pack.
At the back the Z71 Xtreme includes a towing pack with towbar and wiring (but not electric trailer brakes), plus you get 18-inch wheels with Goodyear All Terrain Wrangler tyres. Shame they aren’t a different design wheel to the cheaper versions in the range…
A bit like a tradie who has worked as hard on the job as he has at the pub, it is made for the rough stuff… but could be prettier.