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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www. .kiwi Tuesday April 25 2017 21 Driven Popular Colorado up for a challenge • By Ross Kiddie NEW ZEALAND has become quite the ute-buying nation. That doesn’t surprise me, Kiwis are following trends out of North America and Australia. In the last few years ute sales here have shot up to record levels. While it’s fair to say most buyers are choosing Ford and its Ranger, all manufactures which ply that part of the market are claiming success. None more so than Holden with its Colorado, it is selling hard on the heels of Ranger, a new model was launched last year and as I reported in these columns in November, it is a standout in terms of refinement and, of course, practicality. That evaluation focused on the mid-spec LTZ; five days with the range-topping Z71 has done nothing to alter my affection for the popular four-wheel-drive double cab. Clearly, the Z71 is aimed more towards the recreational buyer, it has decals, stripes, body kit and a level of specification which wouldn’t work for many industry roles. However, I found the deck cover functional and useful for low loads, I took a deck full of foliage to the green recycling HOLDEN COLORADO Z71: Genuine off-roader. centre, to be able to pack it down and hold it secure with the fibreglass cover was simply brilliant. I also used that area to transport the cricket gear I use as year 4 coach, to have it locked secure when I was away from the vehicle was also another bonus. These tasks were no match for the Colorado’s 1000kg load capacity, but they did serve to prove how adaptable the modern ute has become, and if you add in a 3500kg tow rating the Colorado is right up there in terms of load carrying performance. At the other end sits a 2.8-litre, four-cylinder twin-camshaft turbocharged diesel engine. It is rated bay Holden at 147kW and with 500Nm of torque available at just 2000rpm it is a powerhouse, easily on a par with all of its competitors. Drive is harnessed through a six-speed automatic transmission. A manual is available, but it won’t compete with the auto in terms of sales figures. Shifts are smooth and the gearing is such that it provides relaxed motoring at highway speed along with the ratios needed for slow speed, off-the-seal travel. Backing up that theory is the fitment of a true low ratio transfer box, it is manipulated electronically by a console-mounted dial switch, at the driver’s command. It’s fair to say I didn’t take the • Price – Holden Colorado Z71, $66,990 • Dimensions – Length, 5361mm; width, 1872mm; height, 1800mm • Configuration – Fourcylinder, four-wheeldrive,2776cc, 147kW, 500Nm, six-speed automatic • Performance – 0-100km/h, 11sec • Fuel usage – 8.7l/100km Z71 off-road. When Holden launched the new series, it included a traction-challenging off-road excursion in North Canterbury. I felt I didn’t need to replicate that given all vehicles completed the undulating and muddy hill sections without drama. Instead, I spent most of my time with the Z71 at highway speed and my regular commute. In those conditions it seems more car-like that ute-like. Sure, there is a lot of bulk to manoeuvre in close confine situations, but it’s no worse than any other vehicle of its type. And if you take into account the number which are being sold, buyers quite obviously don’t rate that as a challenge. On the open road, the engine turns over slowly at 1550rpm at 100km/h in top gear. At that speed it returns a 6.2-litre per 100km (46mpg) instantaneous fuel usage figure, that accounted for an 9.4l/100km (30mpg) average figure during my time with the ute. That correlates well with the 8.7l/100km (32mpg) figure Holden claims for a combined cycle average. Road and wind noise are both kept to a minimum, and the Colorado, as a series, imparts a smooth ride. Of course, it is better with a bit of weight in the back, but the reality is the loadbearing suspension is absorbent and the cab doesn’t jiggle unnecessarily on uneven surfaces. That’s an area where local research and development pays dividends. Holden Australia places a huge emphasis on developing vehicles for down under conditions and it certainly shows in Colorado. The ride is acceptable and the entire in-cabin experience is comfortable. I guess, it would need to be. The Z71 isn’t cheap at $66,990, but for that money you do get a lot of kit. 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