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Holden Colorado 4WD 2012 review

The auto gearbox is a honey. Best too for offroad work.

Holden has given its Colorado a Brazilian for 2013, with the vehicle emerging bigger, tougher and more sophisticated than before - and a lot better-looking too.

Carefully designed to tread the fine balance between weekday workhorse and weekend warrior, it  claims class-leading towing and serious 4WD capabilities with spacious cabins and lots of safety and comfort features.

The new macho-faced Colorado was designed in Brazil, is built in Thailand and has undergone 2.5million km of development in five continents.

The Range

Colorado comes in three body styles: singe cab, space cab and crew cab, four spec levels in DX, LX, LT and LTZ, two and four-wheel drive and power  is by a new Duramax 2.5-litre turbo-diesel in the base DX single cab and a 2.8-litre turbodiesel in the rest.


The 2.5-litre unit delivers 110kW and 350Nm while the 2.8-litre produces a lusty 132kW and 470nm. The motor is built at GM's new facility in Thailand and has the sophistication of common-rail injection and a variable geometry turbo. All Colorados are diesel-powered, all can handle a one-tonne payload and the 2.8-litre models have a towing capacity of 3.5tonnes. Transmission is a five-speed manual or an optional six-speed auto.

Fuel economy is pretty impressive too: the 4x2 DX 2.5 returns 7.9litres/100km and we had no trouble bettering the claimed 9.0 in a top-of-the-Wozza LTZ 4x2 auto on a 200km run in country Queensland, with the computer indicating 8.5litres/100km.


All models get ABS with EBD and stability control, twin front and full-length curtain airbags, aircon, aux power outlets, Bluetooth and iPod connectivity. LTZ has projector headlights, fog lights, an alloy sports bar, power seats, an eight-speaker audio system, 17inch alloys and leather and chrome highlights.

The dash has twin glove boxes in its vast black plastic surface, with instruments in a neat binnacle. Seating and visibility are plus factors.

The Drive

These vehicles are frequently a family's one and only, and GM has opted to retain the basic leaf spring set-up at the back to handle loads. The front has an independent suspension with double wishbones and coils, and the compromise made our stint in a DX pretty firm compared to the luxurious LTZ, but the difference appears due to the extra weight of the LTZ.

The 2.8-litre motor puts out 10 per cent more power and 40per cent more torque than the earlier 3.0-litre and it gives the vehicle good, smooth performance. The auto gearbox is a honey. Best too for offroad work.


A hairy Brazilian with panache.

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DX (4X4) 3.0L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $9,500 – 14,300 2012 Holden Colorado 2012 DX (4X4) Pricing and Specs
LX (4X2) 3.6L, ULP, 4 SP AUTO $7,000 – 10,780 2012 Holden Colorado 2012 LX (4X2) Pricing and Specs
LX (4X4) 3.0L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $12,500 – 18,040 2012 Holden Colorado 2012 LX (4X4) Pricing and Specs
LX-R (4X4) 3.0L, Diesel, 5 SP MAN $12,500 – 18,040 2012 Holden Colorado 2012 LX-R (4X4) Pricing and Specs
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