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More refreshed 2017 Holden Colorado details revealed in Thailand

Holden might be playing coy with the Australian market but key details have been revealed to Thai-based motoring journalists about the refreshed 2017 Holden Colorado.

LOCALLY HOLDEN IS hoping the refreshed 2017 Holden Colorado will help it gain ground against the recent crop of new or refreshed models that have arrived on the market in the last six months. Last week it revealed key safety and in-car infotainment details about the refreshed Colorado but kept quiet on details around the engine, transmission and steering.

But, in the last few days Thai-based automotive websites have revealed some interesting details about the refreshed Colorado. For instance, the Colorado is following in the footsteps of the recent Ranger update by binning its hydraulic steering set up in favour of an electric power assistance system – we’ll have to wait and see whether the Australian-assisted tune of the system is at the same level of the Ford.

The 2.5-litre Duramax four-cylinder turbo-diesel according to figures released on Thai websites suggests that output and torque will remain the same at 147kW and between 440Nm and 500Nm depending on the transmission choice. Apparently increased amounts of insulation have been added to the firewall and new engine, transmission and suspension mounts to reduce vibration and engine noise leaking into the cabin.

When the refreshed Colorado was revealed last week, Holden sales boss, Peter Keley said: “With significant local engineering, this vehicle will be the most refined Colorado ever while maintaining all of the capability of the current model. When combined with a new design that balances elegance and strength, it will perfectly bridge the gap between weekday workhorse and weekend explorer”.

Holden is expected to release more information about the refreshed Colorado soon, but whether it’s done enough to see it win buyers over the swag of other dual-cab utes on the market remains to be seen.

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Isaac Bober

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