Holden’s refreshed Colorado Z71 does a Jumanji

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Words: Peter Louisson
3 Dec 2019

The top Colorado, the Z71, has just been given a refresh and is now on sale. It’s about to undergo media testing in the steamy mountainous jungles of Northern Thailand.

New items include flared wheel arches, a new black grille, extra underbody protection, DuraGuard spray-on tub liner and a soft-drop tailgate.

“The innovative soft-drop tailgate elevates the overall user experience,” said National Marketing Manager, Marc Warr. This feature is exclusive to the updated Colorado Z71, and Warr said that it overcomes “the traditional thumping ‘drop action’ of tailgates.

Other features of the top of the range 4x4 Colorado Z71 include 18-inch alloy wheels, and leather-clad seats, the fronts coming with heater elements.

The best news is that there is no change to the RRP, said Warr. Like all new Holdens it comes complete with a three-year free scheduled servicing plan, and roadside assistance and vehicle warranty for the same period.

The new Z71 will be given a thorough ‘Jungle Drive’ test in the mountains of Thailand by Australasian motoring media over the next few days. Holden New Zealand Corporate Affairs Manager, Ed Finn, said it is “a perfect opportunity to showcase it’s all-round skills with some engaging off-road driving situations.” Aiding in this regard is a standard-fit limited slip differential that engages automatically on and off road, and DuraGrip TC system. There’s also a hill descent control system called Grade Braking.

Its 147kW/500Nm 2.8-litre four-cylinder powertrain is unchanged, mated to a six-speed automatic and offering a 3.5-tonne braked towing capacity along with a circa one-tonne payload.

“The Thai Jungle drive is a unique opportunity to put our product to the sword in a hot, humid and on occasion hostile environment compared to what would usually be expected of a Colorado anywhere in New Zealand,” said Mr Finn.

In other Holden news the Astra wagon has been dropped from the line-up as Holden continues its renewed focus on SUV and LCV models. It is a strategy that appears to be working with Sept 2019 figures up almost 50 per cent on the Sep 2018 period.

Gains in market share have also been recorded, while year to date LCV and SUV Holden sales have shown growth, Colorado up by nearly 10 per cent, while Equinox and Trailblazer have risen by over 50 per cent.

Acadia was also the biggest seller in the large SUV segment for September.


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