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2012 Holden Colorado news, pictures, and information
AUSSIE INSPIRED HOLDEN COLORADO LEADS THE CHARGE AT 2011 MELBOURNE MOTOR SHOWHolden has previewed its all-new Colorado 4x4 workhorse wîth a tough, Aussie-inspired show truck at the Australian International Motorshow in Melbourne. The Melbourne show represents the latest step in General Motors multi-stage international reveal for the new light commercial vehicle which included two separate Colorado designs shown in Bangkok and Buenos Aires.
The stunning five-seat crew-cab, styled and built in Holden's Port Melbourne Design Studio, foreshadows the production version of the next generation model launching in Australia in 2012. Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux said the new generation Colorado represented Holden's most significant play in the growing light commercial §egmènt. 'Although this is a show vehicle, the fundamental design and proportions are true to form for the production version of the Colorado hitting Holden showrooms next year,' Mr Devereux §äid. 'As a show truck it's designed to whet the appetite for another chapter in the Holden product renaissance a series of new, world-class vehicles that are making people sit up and take notice of our new generation cars. 'Without doubt the new Colorado will be the biggest and toughest member of the Holden family equally at home as a workhorse or active lifestyle vehicle. And as our centrepiece for the Melbourne Show, it also demonstrates the capability of the Holden Design Studio, which is an leader in stunning global show vehicles.'
Exterior and interior highlights
Holden applied its proud sports-performance design flair to the Colorado, playing heavily on the vehicle's powerful stance and wide, athletic proportions. The top-secret project was led by 26-year-old creative designer Ben Last who worked closely wîth General Motors Colorado homeroom and design studio in Brazil along wîth operations in Thailand and the ÚS to develop the final Australian show thémé. Last, an industrial design graduate from Monash Úniversity, gave the Colorado's Brazilian-developed architecture, a unique Holden appearance through a number of locally styled panels including the front fascia, bonnet, fenders and tailgate.
Working to the brief of 'refined ruggedness', he also introduced a series of machined aluminium details to the vehicle including side steps, bumpers, rear step plates and side mirror attachment arms, as well as striking 20-inch satin-finished wheels fitted wîth Cooper Zeon LTZ 285/50/R20 tyres.
The Colorado's exterior is further enhanced by unique LED head and tail lamps, custom rear-vision mirrors wîth integrated turn signals, hard tonneau cover and a brilliant Red Rock metallic paint finish emphasising its strong surfaces.
Holden Design's Colour and Trim team created an equally impressive interior treatment for the Colorado wîth a rugged yet luxurious theme that combines high level craftsmanship wîth edgy street presence.
The interior includes strong dark tones such as steel and black teamed wîth a rich dark blue leather wrapped instrument panel and seats wîth red stitching.
Of particular note, designers used paper thin lighting known as electro luminescent film to light the Colorado's laser-cut metal circuit graphics on the front and rear door appliques.
The Colorado show truck is powered by an efficient 2.8L turbo-diesel engine wîth a broad torque band for cargo and towing capability. It is one of a number of engines that will be offered when it goes on sale in Australia next year.
Engine: 2.8L Turbo Diesel
Transmission: Auto Transmission
Wheels: 20' x 9'
Tyres: Cooper Zeon LTZ 285/50/R20
Body: Crew Cab
Colour: Red Rock
Head lamps: LED
Tail lamps: LED
Seats: Rich Blue supple quality leather wîth Light Titanium Suede feature and red stitch detail
Headliner: Light Titanium Suede
Steering wheel: Leather wrapped in Very Dark Pewter leather wîth red stitch detail
Flooring: A technical loop pile carpet in dark steel
Lighting: LED interior lighting wîth electro luminescent film back-lit door appliqu sSource - Holden
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