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Holden Colorado 7 revealed at 2012 Australian Motor Show

Holden has pulled the wraps off the all-new Holden Colorado 7 SUV at the 2012 Australian International Motor Show. The large 4×4 is based on the Colorado ute, using similarly heavy duty underpinnings while also offering seven-seat accommodation.

Although the Colorado 7 is based on the ute, the chassis has been re-engineered for increased passenger comfort. Changes include a five-link live axle rear suspension layout with coil springs front and rear.

Power comes from a 2.8-litre Duramax diesel producing 132kW and 470Nm, with an average fuel economy rating of 9.4L/100km.

The robust unit is matched up to a six-speed automatic transmission that sends power to a part-time four-wheel drive system incorporating a limited-slip differential at the rear.

To further bolster its off-road character, it also comes with high a low ratio gears. Holden will launch the new SUV in December with this single engine option.

Inside, the 7 comes with seven seats, obviously, and a huge 1830 litres of cargo space when the rear seats are folded down.

John Elsworth, Holden executive director sales, marketing and aftersales, said the Colorado 7 will be the first of two new SUVs the company will launch.

“The SUV market is booming right now, and the Colorado 7 gives us another solid opportunity to tap into this fast-growing area of the market.

“Colorado 7 is the first true heavy duty off-roader to wear a Holden badge in around 10 years and matches the Colorado for genuine buyer appeal, bold design and advanced diesel engine technology.

Prices will be announced closer to its launch in December.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.