With an array of upgrades that cover design, safety, technology, and drivability, the facelifted Holden Colorado 7 will now be known as the Trailblazer, across the Australian market.
Developed in collaboration between Holden and GM Brazil, it features exterior styling enhancements such as the signature LED DRLs combined with chrome accents, which complement a more stylish front fascia and a more muscular design of the bonnet.
Step inside and you’ll be greeted by a new dashboard with an updated center console, while more expensive versions add heated leather seats and Holden MyLink infotainment that works with a new 8-inch color touchscreen and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A remote vehicle start system is also on the list of upgrades, along with voice recognition, sat-nav, electronic climate control and an extensive range of active and passive safety features that include Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, hill start assist, hill descent control, tire pressure monitoring system, electronic stability control and others.
Engineering improvements over the Colorado 7 include revised steering calibration, which is said to provide a “more precise steering feel thanks to a faster steering rack ratio and less turns lock-to-lock”, tweaked set of engine, transmission and body mounts on the chassis that lead to a “more refined and composed ride” and a new final drive ratio for the manual gearbox, improving its drive quality, especially during towing.
Powered by the same 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel engine, the first units of the 2017 Holden Trailblazer will arrive at the brand’s dealers across Australia from early October. According to the local media, prices will kick off from AU$47,990 (US$36,872), plus on-road costs for the LT model, while the better-equipped LTZ, from AU$52,490 (US$40,330).