Holden Colorado Review and Specs

Holden Colorado Review

Pros

  • Proven workhorse
  • Available as a Ute or 4x4
  • Has both a petrol and diesel available, depending on generation

Cons

  • Tough competition
  • Pricey packages when well equipped
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Overview, Look, and Feel of the Holden Colorado

The Holden Colorado started off as the Holden Rodeo, but over its production it progressed into more than just a work Ute. Originally developed by Isuzu and re-branded into the Holden name in 1980, the Rodeo was as simple as a Ute could be, using a basic box frame design, a small engine with manual transmission, and little to no options. Today, the renamed Holden Colorado offers much more than anyone could have thought you would find in a Ute in 1980. From its beautiful swooping fenders, well-appointed leather interior, and range of petrol and diesel engines, the Holden Colorado has had plenty to offer for almost all parties ever since it changed its name.

Holden Colorado Engine Specs and Performance

In 1980, the first Holden Rodeo was manufactured by Isuzu. In the beginning, the KB series Rodeo offered two engines: a 1.6-litre petrol engine or a 2.0-litre diesel. However, as the first eight years of its production progressed, the KB series offered four other engines, including two larger versions of the first (1.8- and 2.2-litres respectively), and two more petrol engines, a 2.0-litre and 2.3-litre.

The second generation Holden Rodeo, although still manufactured by Isuzu, was a different story. Instead of relying on smaller displacement engines, this Rodeo originally came fitted with its largest engine to date, a 2.6-litre inline-four petrol engine capable of 88kW of power. Shortly after the first Rodeo hit Australia, a 2.8-litre diesel engine became available. As this generation developed, it was fitted with a 3.2-litre V6 petrol engine capable of 140kW, the most powerful Ute available in Australasia at the time.

In 2003, the Holden Rodeo was recognized as a true Ute thanks to its previous generation. This model, which was built between 2003 and 2008, could be had in three different engines: 2.4-litre inline-four petrol engine, 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine, and a 3.0-liter turbo diesel inline-four engine. Even though the latter two had over 100kW, all engine choices were proven workhorses. However, with the demand for more power, the 3.0-litre turbo diesel engine, with 120kW of power and 360Nm of torque, was the largest and most power engine, available until the next cutting-edge generation became available.

The latest generation, which is called the Holden Colorado, was originally based on the latest Isuzu D-Max. However, with the split of General Motors and Isuzu, the Colorado doesn’t offer then same engines as the D-Max anymore. Today's current Colorado is available in two different turbo diesel engines: a 2.5-litre or 2.8-litre. Even though it is smaller than last generation’s powerful 3.0-litre turbo diesel, the new 2.5-litre offers comparable amounts of power at 110kW of power and 350Nm of torque. If you are in need of pure power, the current Colorado does offer a 2.8-litre turbo diesel that is capable of up to 470Nm of torque and 132kW of power.

Standard Equipment and Options for the Holden Colorado

When the Holden Colorado started life as a Rodeo, its options were extremely sparse. Aside of the engines and drive trains, the standard equipment and options were extremely basic. With time, however, the Holden Rodeo, and eventually the Holden Colorado, found increasing popularity with a wider demographic, so standard amenities and a wide assortment of options started to show up. The first model to start showing signs of consumer use was the 1988 LS model that included standard limited-slip differential in 4x4 modes along with power steering.

The most notable, or more urban popular, model of the Holden Rodeo was found in the 2003-2008 generation, as this was the largest and most refined Rodeo to date. With a crew cab, or four-door body, and revised interior appointments, this generation Rodeo was extremely pleasant for the end user to drive.

The most notable, or more urban popular, model of the Holden Rodeo was found in the 2003-2008 generation, as this was the largest and most refined Rodeo to date. With a crew cab, or four-door body, and revised interior appointments, this generation Rodeo was extremely pleasant for the end user to drive.

Holden Colorado's Competition

Since the Rodeo/Colorado hit Australia, competition from Toyota and Nissan has always been tough, with the Toyota often leading the way in sales. However, once the Rodeo was equipped with the 3.6-litre petrol engine in 1998, the Holden’s market share skyrocketed due to the powerful engine. Since sales of the Rodeo came neck and neck with the Toyota Hilux, Holden has always been on the podium. However, with the ever-changing marketplace and today's demand for higher-quality vehicles with more luxury appointments, the Colorado has tough competition from the recently re-designed, Aussie-engineered Ford Ranger and the always-ready Toyota Hilux.

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