Holden Colorado

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New from the ground up, the 2012 Colorado range benefits from a powerful new range of Duramax turbo diesel engines, bold clean-sheet exterior and interior design, segment-leading 3.5 tonne towing capability, sure-footed driving dynamics and serious 4x4 credentials on certain models.

Holden engineers and designers contributed significantly to Colorado’s global development program, ensuring the new light commercial meets the specific needs of Australian customers.

Holden’s ultimate workhorse features a minimum one tonne payload regardless of powertrain and up to 3.5 tonne towing capacity on all 2.8 litre powered variants.

Holden Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, John Elsworth said the next-generation Colorado was the most refined and capable light truck ever produced by General Motors.

“The new Colorado raises the bar for diesel engine technology, load-carrying capability, features and value in the light commercial segment,” he said.

“The 2012 range blends the hardworking Colorado attributes loved by our customers with exceptional cabin refinement and SUV-like ride and handling.”

“Holden’s contribution to the global program has ensured Colorado is tuned with Australian driving preferences in mind, and we’ve worked hard to locally-develop a range of durable, accessories as tough as the Colorado itself.”

Mr Elsworth said Holden will take a fresh approach to the launch of Colorado by targeting new fleet customers in regional Australia as well as traditional Colorado buyers.

“Colorado’s incredible load-carrying and pulling power combined with its tough styling, powerful diesel engine line-up and spacious cabin, will enable us to tap into crucial new markets in mining, construction and farming,” he said

“Colorado’s key safety features – which are standard on every model, from the value-packed DX to the LTZ hero – also give us a competitive edge in these critical markets while meeting the needs of private LCV customers.”*6-speed AT additional option

Note: Colorado is yet to be tested by ANCAP

Performance and Fuel Economy

Two new high-tech Duramax in-line four-cylinder turbo diesel engines are central to Colorado’s hardworking reputation.

Available in 2.8 litre and 2.5 litre displacements, both engines are designed to achieve a balance of load-carrying performance and fuel economy.

The new 2.8 litre – when paired with the optional 6-speed automatic transmission – produces 10 per cent more power and 40 per cent more torque than the outgoing 3.0 litre diesel powertrain it replaces.

It also returns a competitive 7.8 litres per 100kms and 218gm CO2 per kilometres in mid-range LX 4x2 Crew Cab Pick Up form with Holden’s 5-speed manual transmission.

The entry-level DX 2.5 litre (4x2 only) returns fuel economy of 7.9 litres per 100kms and 212gm of CO2, while Holden’s top-of-the-range LTZ 4x4 Crew Cab Pick Up with six-speed automatic transmission achieves 9.1 litres per 100kms and 243gm of CO2.

Peak torque is delivered at low rpm for maximum driveability with the 2.8 litre diesel achieving an impressive 470Nm of torque when paired with the 6 speed automatic transmission.

Towing and Payload

Colorado’s powerful engine performance has enabled Holden to offer class-leading towing capacity of 3.5 tonnes across the 2.8 litre diesel range, while the 2.5 litre DX 4x2 range achieves a 3.0 tonne towing capacity.

The Colorado’s cargo-carrying ability is further enhanced with a one tonne payload standard on every model in the range, regardless of powertrain or body style.  Some models have a payload of up to 1.4 tonne.

Safety and Security

The Holden Colorado has across-the-range, standard fitment of a comprehensive range of high-technology active and passive safety features.

Colorado also benefits from a robust frame and body structure constructed from high-strength steel and a technically advanced chassis systems which deliver enhanced accident avoidance capabilities.  Full length side impact protection beams reinforce the passenger safety cell and offer optimum protection in the event of a collision.

Standard safety features include:

  • 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 (Crew Cab models)

Standard security features include:

  • Alarm
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Two flip keys
  • Tailgate lock (Pick Up models only)

Model Range

Boasting up to 26 model combinations, the new Holden Colorado range offers customers a vast array of options.

Colorado comes in three body styles – the three-seat Single Cab, Space Cab with rear access doors and two jump seats and the Crew Cab, which has outstanding passenger comfort.

All Colorado models are comprehensively equipped with standard features, including:

Holden Colorado DX highlights:

  • 2.5 litre Duramax diesel (4x2)
  • 2.8 litre Duramax diesel (4x4)
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Sump guard
  • High ride height
  • 16” steel wheels
  • Hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering
  • Independent double wishbone, coil spring front suspension
  • Leaf spring rear suspension
  • Front airbags for driver and passenger
  • Full length curtain airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Front split bench seat
  • Vinyl floor trim
  • Air-conditioning
  • Power windows
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • USB input with iPod® connectivity
  • 12V power outlet
  • Alarm
  • Two flip keys

Holden Colorado LX highlights over DX:

  • 2.8 litre Duramax diesel
  • Optional 6-speed automatic transmission with active select
  • Cruise control
  • Multifunction steering wheel controls
  • Leather wrap steering wheel
  • Body coloured exterior mirrors with side turn signal
  • Power adjustable electric mirrors
  • Front bucket seats
  • Carpet floor trim
  • 4-way adjustable driver’s seat (Single Cab)
  • 6-way adjustable driver’s seat (Space and Crew Cab)
  • 6-speakers (Space and Crew Cab)

Holden Colorado LT highlights over LX:

  • 16” alloy wheels (4)
  • Front fog lamps

Holden Colorado LTZ highlights over LT:

  • 17” alloy wheels (4)
  • 17” alloy spare wheel
  • Projector headlamps
  • Front fog lamps with chrome surround
  • Chrome exterior mirrors with side turn signal
  • Power adjustable and power folding exterior mirrors
  • Chrome exterior and interior door handles
  • Chrome rear bumper and tailgate handle
  • LED tail lights
  • Soft tonneau
  • Alloy sports bar
  • Side steps
  • Electronic climate control
  • Leather wrap gear knob (manual)
  • Chrome gear selector (automatic option)
  • 8-way electric adjustable driver’s seat
  • 8 speakers (Crew Cab)


The Colorado exterior and interior design were developed at GM’s design studio in Brazil, where the team was dealt the challenge to create a clean sheet design that would appeal to a vast bandwidth of customers in multiple markets, including Australia. 

The team also had the challenge of creating a design that worked consistently across 26 Colorado packaging combinations.

Feedback from design clinics in Brazil, Thailand and Australia helped the team develop a design theme featuring wedged horizontal line work to complement Colorado’s overall tough, robust proportions.

The finished exterior design has a strong personality and carefully balances muscular styling with finer sculpted highlights, which sweep through Colorado’s roofline, doors and fenders.

Quality details in the LTZ projector headlamps and LED tail lights lift the design into show car territory and lend elegance to the overall design.

Inside, Colorado is a blend of intuitive functionality and comfort.  A dual cockpit design was adopted to create an impression of more space, with numerous practical and well-placed storage options throughout the interior.

Colour and trim designers, including Holden’s Kirsty Lindsay, developed an attractive and hard-wearing interior trim combination designed to withstand the most extreme rigours placed on a working vehicle.

Holden will offer seven exterior colour choices, which are:

Colorado 4x2

  • Black Sapphire˄˄ – metallic black
  • Summit White – solid white
  • Nitrate˄˄ – classic silver metallic
  • Royal Grey˄˄ – metallic grey

Colorado 4x4

  • Summit White – solid white
  • Black Sapphire˄˄ – metallic black
  • Royal Grey˄˄ – metallic grey
  • Nitrate˄˄ – classic silver metallic
  • Blue Mountain˄˄ - metallic light blue
  • Oceanic˄˄ – bright metallic blue
  • Sizzle – bright metallic red

˄˄Prestige paint is an additional option


The new Holden range is sourced from GM’s state-of-the-art Thailand vehicle assembly plant in Rayong Province, near Bangkok.

The powerful new range of Duramax four-cylinder turbo diesel engines is produced exclusively at GM’s high-tech Thailand engine operations, which opened alongside the vehicle plant in September last year.

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