Although looks are subjective, the Holden Colorado is arguably the most handsome pick-up in its segment. The bold front-end styling and flared wheel arches offer lots in the way of on-road presence – call it street cred’, call it swagger, call it what you like, it’s certainly easy on the eye. The Colorado is one of the most diverse ute models on sale, with lots of options and configurations on offer. There’s dual-cab, single-cab, and a space-cab, with all models having the option of a body tub or an aluminum tray – the options are endless.

Under the bonnet of the latest iteration is a ‘Duramax’ 147kW 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine which produces 500Nm when paired with the six-speed automatic transmission, and 440Nm when paired with the six-speed manual. The engine offers strong low and mid-range grunt, with very little in the way of turbo lag. Peak torque is found at 2000rpm in the automatic, and just 1600rpm in the manual – what you lose in torque by going with the manual you gain in the way of having a wider torque spread at lower rpm. The motor is an Italian-sourced unit, and not anything to do with the large-capacity Duramax engines fitted to many large GM American pick-up models. That said, it’s a very good unit that rattles much less than some of the Japanese engines on the market.

Sitting under the rear of the Colorado is a proper limited-slip differential. This, along with 4x4 low and high range options (in some models) makes the Colorado a true off-road ready vehicle. While it might not have a lockable rear diff, the limited-slip differential along with a smart traction control system allows the Holden ute to punch above its weight when put in tough off-road situations. There’s a lot to be said about the 4x4 drivetrain and gutsy 2.8-litre engine – it’s a real treat both day-to-day and when being used more intensely i.e. off-road.

Out on the road the Colorado is one of the faster feeling utes in its class. The engine boosts up almost instantly if you give it a good nudge from a standstill. So much so the tyres squirm at the rear just trying to maintain a decent level of traction. On the freeway the Colorado offers more than enough grunt for overtaking and tackling hills. And given its got so much grunt, it’s also not too bad on fuel, returning around 8.5-9.0L/100km for combined driving.

Another standout, and one worth mentioning if you are planning to tow a caravan or boat, is the factory suspension tune in the latest models is on point. The Colorado feels stable and sturdy, with great steering feel both around town and out on the open road. Holden has obviously worked very hard to make the Colorado a standout vehicle for towing. There’s no unnecessary wobbles – everything feels smooth and measured. The ute itself also feels very well assembled, with no rattles or creaky noises.

In terms of standard tech and equipment, the entry Colorado LS includes 16-inch steel wheels (full-size spare), a 7.0-inch color touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring available, and DAB+ digital radio.

If you move up models to say the LTZ you’re treated to a larger digital screen, a better sound system, remote engine start (automatic models only), and creature comforts such as rain-sensing wipers, electric driver’s seat, and auto-dimming rear-view mirror. If you go for the top line ZL1 you get leather seats as standard with special embroidery, special 18-inch wheels, and a host of body enhancements to give the 4x4 ute some visual punch.

Hauling loads won’t be a problem in the Colorado thanks to its 1086kg payload in the rear and up to 3500kg braked towing capacity – it’s built to tow or shift just about anything. And given towing is one way to put immense stress on a vehicle factory braking system the one thing that’s not been touched on yet is the Colorado’s factory brakes. The factory system seems to do a decent job, but for how advanced the rest of the cars feels it’s really a no brainer to seek an aftermarket option to bring the braking system up to par with the power, handling and usability. Bendix is a world-leading brand when it comes to engineering braking upgrades for vehicles – they perfect and improve what is the most important safety feature on any car.

Braking Systems for the Holden Colorado 2012+

Braking systems have been fairly consistent across the Holden Colorado models with Bendix producing the 4WD SUV and Heavy Duty brake pad compounds, as well as the all-new Bendix Ultimate disc rotor to suit the driving needs of particular individuals depending on use. There is also The Bendix Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kit with advanced brake pads and rotors, braided lines and a host of ancillary items is the ultimate brake upgrade.

The Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kit: U4WD-BUK10

Front brakes available: DB1841 4WD

Rear brakes available: BS5018 Rear brake shoes

Ultimate brake disc rotor: BR2060

About available Bendix brake applications for Holden Colorado 2012+

Bendix 4WD/SUV pads are manufactured for extreme strength and structural integrity utilising the best available technology. Bendix 4WD/SUV brake pads are built to withstand heat build-up that comes from frequent braking in heavy city traffic one day and towing or outback driving the next.

Behind every Bendix Ultimate disc brake rotor lies OE expertise, leading technology and precision engineering so you can put your foot down with confidence. Bendix Ultimate Rotors offer the very latest in braking technology and manufacturing processes and are the perfect complement to the extensive Bendix brake pad range.

The Bendix Ultimate 4WD Upgrade Kit includes specially compounded high performance CERAMIC material brake pads for increased stopping power in extreme conditions plus the latest Bendix Ultimate Rotors designed and developed specifically for Australia’s demanding conditions. It also includes braided lines and a host of ancillary items is the ultimate brake upgrade.

To find out more about the 4WD SUV click HERE.

To find out more about the Bendix Ultimate Disc Rotor click HERE.

To find out more about the Bendix Ultimate 4WD Brake Upgrade Kit click HERE.

To find your nearest Bendix stockist, click HERE.

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