2014 upgrade for Holden's Colorado siblings

words - Ken Gratton
Pick-up and Colorado 7 SUV gain drivetrain improvements, added safety features and new infotainment system

Holden's Colorado pick-up and the Colorado 7 SUV have been given a significant makeover for the new model year, but the prices remain unchanged, barring a $200 hike for the auto ute variants. 

Central to the updated ranges is the Duramax 2 diesel 2.8-litre engine, which sees power raised from 132kW to 147kW and torque increased from 470 to 500Nm for the auto variants. Manuals continue with a torque rating of 440Nm. In both cases (manual and auto), the torque curve is broader and higher than before, right across the range. Despite the adoption of Duramax 2, fuel consumption for 2.8-litre variants remains unchanged or, if anything, is slightly improved, according to Holden. The 2.5-litre engine previously available in the light commercial vehicle range has been dropped. 

A six-speed manual replaces the five-speed box formerly fitted and the six-speed automatic has undergone some recalibration for shift stabilisation on hills and grade braking control to reduce hunting and to provide appropriate engine braking on descents. Towing capacity for the model year 14 variants remains unchanged: 3.0 tonnes for the Colorado 7 and 3.5 tonnes for the LCV.

Trailer Sway Control, Hill Start Assist and Descent Control System are new driving aids introduced to the revised model ranges. The Descent Control System had been previously available with Colorado 7, but not the LCV. It is now standard across the range except for the base-grade DX variants. Passive safety features are enhanced with the addition of side-impact airbags for the front seats. 

Aside from the drivetrain and safety changes, the Colorado and Colorado 7 have inherited the MyLink infotainment system for the new model year, providing buyers with the convenience of app-based music (Pandora, Stitcher and TuneIn) and satellite navigation (BringGo). In addition, the new system, which has now been introduced to 70 per cent of Holden's product portfolio, can pair up to five phones, store 1000 contacts and provide a voice control facility through SIRI EyesFree. 

And lastly, a new metallic paint finish, Orange Rock, has been added to the available selection of colours for 2014.

Colorado LCV variants with automatic transmission have risen in price by $200, but for other variants the prices are unchanged. 

Prices for Colorado/Colorado 7
LX 4x2 single cab chassis manual - $27,990
LX 4x2 single cab chassis auto - $30,190 (+$200)
LX 4x2 crew cab chassis manual - $33,990
LX 4x2 crew cab chassis auto - $36,190 (+$200)
LX 4x2 pick-up manual - $35,490
LX 4x2 pick-up auto - $37,690 (+$200)
LT 4x2 pick-up manual - $36,490
LT 4x2 pick-up auto - $38,690 (+$200)
LTZ 4x2 pick-up manual - $40,990
LTZ 4x2 pick-up auto - $43,190 (+$200)

DX 4x4 single cab chassis manual - $34,990
LX 4x4 single cab chassis manual - $35,990
LX 4x4 single cab chassis auto - $38,190 (+$200)
LX 4x4 space cab chassis manual - $40,490
LX 4x4 space cab chassis auto - $42,690 (+$200)
LTZ 4x4 space cab pick-up manual - $47,490
LTZ 4x4 space cab pick-up auto - $49,690 (+$200)
LX 4x4 crew cab chassis manual - $42,990
LX 4x4 crew cab chassis auto - $45,190 (+$200)
LX 4x4 crew cab pick-up manual - $44,490
LX 4x4 crew cab pick-up auto - $46,690 (+$200)
LT 4x4 crew cab pick-up manual - $45,490
LT 4x4 crew cab pick-up auto - $47,690 (+$200)
LTZ 4x4 crew cab pick-up manual - $49,990
LTZ 4x4 crew cab pick-up auto - $52,190 (+$200)

Colorado 7
LT 4x4 SUV auto - $46,990
LTZ 4x4 SUV auto - $50,490

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Published : Monday, 21 October 2013
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