Why the Holden Colorado is the Top Pickup Truck of 2016
It's taken a while for Holden to hit the sweet spot with its Colorado ute.
Right from the start in 2012, Colorado had the torque and towing capacity to make it as a tough truck.
What the Brazilian/Australian development team didn't count on was the gentrification of the one-tonne pickup segment, exemplified by models like the Ford Ranger and latest Toyota Hilux.
The heavily upgraded 2016 Colorado is Holden's chance to properly add that crucial "lifestyle" element into its light-commercial.
It's mission accomplished in both style and substance.
Already a handsome vehicle, Colorado has been glammed up plenty in this new version - especially the high-end Z71 version, which carries so much of the weight of the Colorado's image.
The all-new interior is incredibly car-like and offers great connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A huge range of factory-approved accessories - an extra 28 for the new model, bringing the total to 77 - takes care of the customisation element so loved by ute buyers.
But we're most impressed by the dynamic improvements.
The addition of electric power steering, suspension revisions and major powertrain work to improve noise, vibration and harshness levels have made this Colorado a truly sophisticated pickup.
AT A GLANCE
Price range: $39,990 (LS single cab-chassis) to $61,490 (Z71).
Powertrains: 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four with 147kW/440Nm or 147kW/500Nm, 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic, part-time all-wheel drive.
Fuel economy: 7.9-8.7 l/100km.