HOLDEN COLORADO REVIEWS | 2016 – 2019 MODEL
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NZ Launch of the 2018 Holden Colorado Z71 Xtreme
SOURCE: DRIVE LIFE | YEAR: 2018 | WORDS: JOHN GALVIN (JSG)
This week I found myself on a plane that was not much bigger than the ute I was going to see. Holden had chosen Great Barrier Island as the extreme location for the launch of the limited edition Holden Colorado Z71 Xtreme.
This was also the first time any manufacturer has used the island for a vehicle launch in New Zealand.
After the 30-minute flight, in a plane with less than 10 seats and a bumpy landing on a runway no wider than my driveway, we had arrived. The Holden representative was there, waving, to meet us with a bright orange Holden Colorado Z71 Xtreme. To say this vehicle stuck out on the island was an extreme understatement.
Life on Great Barrier Island could easily be described as New Zealand 20 years ago, and I don’t think they had day-glow orange utes back in the day. One thing they still do that they did back in the day, is wave to every vehicle you pass. Being a small Island, everyone knows everyone, right?
2017 Holden Colorado LTZ 2wd Review, Roadtest.
SOURCE: AUTOCAR | YEAR: 2017 | WORDS: KYLE CASSIDY | PHOTOS: TOM GASNIER
Ute owners love dressing up…their rigs that is, adding all sorts of bits to their new mounts. The accessories market is big business and with the launch of the new MY17 Colorado, Holden has increased its offering of factory-backed parts in this space.
As to those features, the LTZ gets much of the top Z71’s fare inside with climate air (single-zone only) and integrated sat nav along with the new infotainment system, which is a simple-to-use contraption with a few hard buttons to help operation. Or, if you prefer, plug your phone in and enjoy the CarPlay or Android Auto features. The LTZ is trimmed in cloth but the front seats could do with some more padding, while the cup holders in the center console are on the small side.
When you open the Colorado’s front doors, the window will drop a few centimetres to help with cabin venting when closing the door. It’s a handy feature as it can be harder to close the rear doors without giving them a good slam, but then the driver’s window occasionally did a few weird things, such as not closing again, or going up and down a few times of its own accord.
Z71 2016 | HOLDEN’S TOP TRUCK
SOURCE: AUTOCAR | YEAR: 2016 | WORDS: KYLE CASSIDY | PHOTOS: KYLE CASSIDY
WITH THE POPULARITY OF THE UTE CLASS GROWING IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, A NEW TOP TIER OF MODEL VARIANT HAS EMERGED, WHICH IS WHERE THIS COLORADO Z71 FITS IN.
Introduced last year, it’s an alternative to the Ranger Wildtrak for those who can’t stomach the thought of a Ford on the driveway. It has some Z71-specific add ons like its sports bar, the design of which extends along the top of the tray to incorporate a neatly fitting soft tonneau.
There are also some cosmetic roof rails, a few graphics and black details on the exterior, and leather-clad seats in the cabin. Like the Wildtrak, it’s only available in 4×4 guise, and the auto is what most buy. With all its standard kit it’s unlikely many will add accessories, save for a tow bar and some oversized black alloys.
But if you can resist the urge, Holden has painted the Z71’s alloys black for you. These sorts of utes are bought more for lifestyle than work needs, but can turn their hand to both. Family to the beach/mountain/lake on the weekend, handle a load from the landscaping/building depot and then the school run and about-town running on weekdays.
Urban cowboys | Holden drive for city slickers
SOURCE: DRIVEN | YEAR: 2016 | WORDS: LIZ DOBSON | PHOTOS: SIMON WATTS
In just six years, utes have gone from transport favoured by tradies and farmers to now being the vehicle of choice for many city dwellers.
A frequent top-selling vehicle in New Zealand is now the Ford Ranger ute used around town or for trips with the stand up paddle board to the beach, or with mountain bikes to forest tracks.
To reiterate this change in consumers and their use of utes, when Holden launched its Colorado recently there wasn’t one tradie featured in its glossy sales brochure. Instead it featured urban settings and lifestyle use.
The facelift Colorado is priced from $39,900 for the entry level single cab LS to $66,990 for the five-seater Z71 crew cab automatic.
“We have been able to maintain carry-over pricing for two-wheel drive models and just a $1000 increase for four-wheel drive variants,” said Holden NZ managing director, Kristian Aquilina.
“The value equation offered by Colorado is better than even before, with new standard features equating to thousands of dollars of added enhancements.”