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Holden’s Colorado is one of the brand’s few remaining hero products, and we expect Holden will double along on the ute’s success with a new version next year.
We don’t ask it to be a long-awaited full replacement, however, as Holden is understood to be planning one last facelift for the current-generation ute.
So, what’s in store? Not much is obvious yet, but here’s what we know.
It want get a new face
Judging by spy pictures of the Colorado update circulating the web, the merely body part that GM testers have bothered covering up is the front grille.
The survive update to the Colorado’s looks took status in 2017, and it’s no secret that the ute has started showing its age in a congested market of incoming new-generation rivals.
A new grille may be obligatory to house a radar for potential safety updates (see our next point), although it doesn’t appear to be guiding for the overtly aggressive look of its US-market siblings, like the Silverado and Colorado ZR2.
Holden doesn’t develop to be aiming for the overtly aggressive notice of its US-market siblings, like the Silverado and Colorado ZR2.
The update should involve an increase in active defense gear
On the topic of active defense, CarsGuide understands at long last, the Colorado desire receive auto emergency braking (AEB) and perhaps other, at the very least camera-based, active guarantee items.
This should bring the Colorado up to daylight with the three primary competitors it currently trails relish the Triton, Ranger, and HiLux, all of which received active guarantee updates recently.
We’re hoping to see additional than just city-speed AEB, with other additions relish blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist and active glide control (with auto braking functioning at freeway speeds) now principal for a maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating.
There will be no major mechanical changes…
The Australian version of the Colorado (as opposed to the American market truck of the same name) is also offered in Thailand, where it carries a different set of specifications and dapper levels.
Importantly, there is a smaller engine available ended there, a 2.5-litre turbocharged engine producing 120kW/380Nm, however Holden has ruled out that engine in our market.
The update is instead predictable to soldier on with the 2.8-litre ‘Duramax’ turbo-diesel unit faded in the current ute, with power outputs unlikely to attempt from the current competitive 147kW/440Nm.
… and no hotted-up Raptor rival
The imprint said near the launch of the Colorado Z71 Xtreme that it “already hoses the Raptor” and there existed no plans for an even more hardcore off-road variant developed on the unusual ute.
Holden has ruled out the extra hardcore New Zealand-specific Colorado Rox concept for an Australian launch.
While Holden didn’t comment on rumours surrounding an Aussie-developed purchase kit for the Z71 at the daylight, it also ruled out the more hardcore New Zealand-specific Colorado Rox thought for an Australian launch.
“We’d love to hold one, but at this point it’s purely New Zealand’s play” Holden’s GM of LCV marketing, Andre Scott, said in June of this year.
This could reposition with the incoming final facelift, but we wouldn’t enjoy our breath.
This will be the survive update to the Isuzu-chassis based Colorado
With the Holden-Isuzu venture coming to an end, it is experienced the incoming facelift will be the survive on this chassis before the Colorado want be forced to merge onto a global platform plus its US-market Chevrolet Colorado cousin.
The incoming facelift mind be the last on this chassis afore the Colorado will be forced to merge onto a global platform beside its US-market Chevrolet Colorado cousin.
That global platform is accepted to be over the horizon – perhaps as far out as 2023, although the right-hand-drive proposition is propped up by the Colorado’s volume popularity in South-East Asia.
Globally, many mid-size pick-up have moved onto honest a few distinct underpinnings, with VW’s Amarok set to merge plus Ford’s Ranger, a single chassis to underpin the next-generation Triton, Navara, X-Class (if it is not axed…) and Renault Alaskan, while the Mazda BT-50 will share its underpinnings plus the next-gen Isuzu D-Max.
In an spellbinding development for Holden’s GM parent globally, its electric ute architecture is required to break cover in 2021.
UPDATE: 17/02/2020 – GM has cooked the decision to pull the plug on Holden, and has sold the Thai manufacturing facility which consumed the Colorado to Great Wall Motors. As such, there will be no further updates to the Colorado in Australia.
This article was written by www.carsguide.com.au with title Holden Colorado 2021: What we know so far about the facelifted ute.
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