The Holden Colorado is undeniably a revered ute amongst Australians and is used by a variety of people for a variety of purposes, whether it be the work-horse for a construction company or the vehicle of choice for the everyday commuter. Read the Wrong Fuel Rescue guide to the Holden Colorado and find out more about Holden’s latest Australian announcement, and the many specs and features of the Holden Colorado that make it the nameplate it is today.
Holden have been offering state-of-the-art vehicles to Australian drivers since 1856 and have without question positioned themselves as a household name across the country. Their reputation and popularity precede them, which is why it came as such a shock to so many Australians when parent company, General Motors, announced in 2020 that the Holden brand would be retiring in Australia and New Zealand.
Although General Motors weren’t too explicit with their reasoning behind retiring in these locations, many suspect that the global Covid-19 pandemic had a role to play. While no new Holden Colorados will be made on Australian shores, Holden owners will still be able to get Holden service and spare parts for many years to come, and Colorados can still be purchased from Holden outlets while stocks last.
This wind-down and fade-out of Holden in Australia does not at all mean that their vehicles are not up to par and shouldn’t discourage drivers from looking into Holden vehicles. The retirement may actually mean that those who have been waiting to get their hands on a great ute and who have been eyeing out the Holden Colorado, may be able to get one at a lower price.
The Holden Colorado is a top-performing ute and you may remember its previous nameplate, Rodeo, which changed to Colorado after General Motors lost the local naming rights in 2008 to engineering partner Isuzu. This split between Holden and Isuzu resulted in the Colorado for Holden, and the D-Max for Isuzu, which may be why these two utes have so much in common.
Much like the Isuzu D-Max, the Colorado is built for adventure and is up for any challenge. At Wrong Fuel Rescue we know that there’s nothing worse than an automobile brand advertising incredible features and performance, but then finding out that this is only the case for top of the range models. Thankfully, this is not the case with the Colorado, as all models are fitted with a remarkably powerful 2.8L Duramax diesel engine that offers a 3.5 tonne towing capacity and 500 Nm torque, which is all topped off with 100 000 km or 3 year warranty.
The Colorado has a fuel tank capacity of 76L with a combined fuel consumption of 8.6L to 100lm The colorado range has over 21 variants to choose from, whether you’re looking for a single cab, crew cab or chassis pick up, or whether you’re looking for a 4×4 or 4×2, there’s a variant for you.
The impressive torque and 147kW power difference can definitely be felt by the driver and make off-road drives, launching or loading a boat, or towing a trailer an easy task for the Colorado. The 3.5 tonne towing capacity is assisted by the 1 tonne payload which means a smoother drive with a full load in the back.
Towing is also a safe task, for both the driver and the vehicle, thanks to the Colorado’s Trailer Sway Control technology which limits side-to-side movement of the vehicle and keeps it steady and on track. Staying on track is largely thanks to Holden’s DuraGrip system and technology that supplies maximal traction.
While this feature may not sound all that important, one needs to keep in mind that most utes available today come standard with a rear-locking differential that has to be manually applied and cannot be engaged on sealed surfaces. However, the DuraGrip system on the Colorado will transfer power to the wheel that has the most traction on the surface, which ensures that the vehicle remains on course and does not slide around. This is ideal for off-road situations or when the terrain is more rugged than you’re used to.
If you do end up taking this performance partner off the beaten track you can rest assured that safety won’t be a concern thanks to Roll Over Mitigation, Hill Descent Control and Tyre Pressure Monitoring. Roll Over Mitigation essentially utilises vehicle monitoring technology to reduce the risk of the Colorado flipping over and ending up on its roof, while Hill Descent Control gives the driver automatic and complete control and stability when on a steep incline or decline without having to apply the brakes. Tyre Pressure Monitoring ensures that the tyres match the surrounding terrain and will ensure that the ute has the correct tyre pressure for the job.
When it comes to the Holden Colorado, there are three main models for you to choose from that suit different performance needs and different budgets. These three models are the LS/LT Colorado, the LTZ and the Z71 4×4. The LS/LT model is your entry into the Colorado and is a rough and tough ute that comes fitted with all of the standard features. This vehicle makes light work of rugged terrain and performs with ease, but also offers a competitive interior kitted out with both tech and safety features, including ISOFIX child restraint anchor points in the back of the vehicle to keep the little ones safe, as well as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to keep them entertained.
Next up is the LTZ which is a step up from the LS/LT and is also fitted with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay technology. The LTZ has an impeccable interior fitted with Embedded Sat Nav and an 8-inch colour touchscreen. At Wrong Fuel Rescue we value safety as much as we value performance, and the LTZ is definitely in the top league when it comes to safety, featuring Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert with Head Up Warning. Power and performance are second nature to the LTZ, with a 3.5 tonne towing capacity and 500 Nm of torque, all made possible by 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Z71 4×4 completes the range and is the cream of the Colorado crop with top-of-the-range features, ultimate comfort and Remote Engine Start. The Z71 is also fitted with Embedded Sat Nav, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and of course offers safety with the Forward Collision Alert with Head Up Warning. All-in-all, the Z71 offers many incredible features that make it a popular choice for Australian drivers, including a Sailplane sports part, integrated nudge bar, Arsenal Grey metallic 18-inch alloy wheels and also heated front leather seats.
Now that you’re familiar with each of the models and their differing features, let’s take a look at what these features entail and how they work to pull off the perfect combination of power, performance and aesthetics. As you know, the Holden Colorado comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which are both used with the touchscreen display and multi-speaker infotainment system which allows the driver to listen to calls, send or receive messages and have them read aloud to you, listen to the latest music and get directions thanks to Embedded Sat Nav which offers accurate GPS location services.
The Colorado also has Remote Start which enables you to start the vehicle remotely through the keyfob, which even lets you control the air conditioning, allowing you to warm up the car in the winter months or cool it down when it’s hot outside.
At Wrong Fuel Rescue, we look closely at the safety features of vehicles before assessing how safe the vehicle actually is, but with the Holden Colorado, the safety has already been measured and recognised by experts. The Colorado boasts elite safety mechanisms, features and details and the entire range has actually been awarded a 5-star ANCAP safety rating which is as high as the ratings go.
The Colorado comes standard with seven airbags and even has an airbag for the driver’s knees for extra safety. Forward Collision Alert with Head Up Warning is an important safety feature, available on the LTZ and the Z71. This safety feature uses a digital camera that is mounted on the windscreen of the vehicle and is equipped with high-quality image processing, which will observe and assess the surroundings of the vehicle and will alert you if there are vehicles suddenly stopping in front of you.
A recap of some of the notable safety features equipped on the Holden Colorado:
-Hill Start Assist
-Hill Descent Control
-Front Park Assist
-Rear Park Assist
-Rear View Camera
-Electronic Stability Control
-Trailer Sway Control
-Roll Over Mitigation
-2 x ISOFIX Child Restraint Anchor Points
-Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
-Lane Departure Warning
-Forward Collision Alert with Head Up Warning.
Adding the wrong fuel to a vehicle can happen to anyone at any time, and Wrong Fuel Rescue is here to help. Wrong Fuel Rescue has rescued hundreds of Holden Colorado over the years and is proud to be Australia’s most trusted, quickest and cost effective solution to getting your Colorado’s fuel tank drained and back on the road.
With our Australian based call center and skilled roadside assistance mechanics located across the country, we are the solution for all Holden Colorado models. If you have put petrol in your diesel Colorado or diesel in your petrol vehicle, simply remain calm and wait for Wrong Fuel Rescue and our timely service to get you back to work, your off-road adventure, or your family.
To avoid adding the wrong fuel to your Holden Colorado, our best advice at Wrong Fuel Rescue is to always double check the pump before filling up .Below are some indicators from Wrong Fuel Rescue that you should be wary of as they can increase the risk of adding the wrong fuel to your Colorado:
1.Filling up at a different fuel servo to your usual one – don’t assume hose colours are the same as your local servo and always double check
2.Switching between brands, different hose/nozzle colours
3.Swapping between cars (using different fuel) at home or work – it’s easy to ‘forget’ which car you’re filling and which fuel it needs
4.It’s a new car using different fuel to your old car
5.You are distracted by your passengers while filling up
6.You are in a rush
If you are a proud Holden Colorado driver, you should be prepared for a wrong fuel scenario by understanding the Wrong Fuel Rescue warning signs to look out for.
1.A loud knocking sound whilst driving or whilst the engine is idling
2.An excessive amount of smoke coming from your exhaust
3.Slower than usual acceleration and reduced performance
4.Your engine warning light may illuminate
Your engine may stop altogether
Your car struggles or fails to start
1.Your engine misfires causing your vehicle to feel like it is jerking down the road
2.Excess smoke from your exhaust caused from unburnt fuel (diesel)
3.Your engine cuts out
4.Your engine won’t start no matter how many times you try to turn it over