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Have a Holden field day

POWER and performance are the hallmarks of Holden’s rugged Colorado ute and with the field days upon us again, there is something more to like about it.

During the field days period, which lasts until the end of June, the Colorado range is going out for what could only be described as mates’ rates, starting at $28,990 for the LS and rising, along with the quality, to $42,990 for the Z71, plus GST.

Holden takes pride in what it says is an unbeaten 3.5-tonne towing capacity and a powerful 500 Nm of torque, a combination that can cope with everything from pulling a bobcat to delivering your boat and trailer where you want to go.

The power comes from a 2.8 Duramax diesel engine matched with a six-speed automatic or manual transmission.

That grunt is backed up by features like trailer sway control, descent control and the intelligent hill start assist, which senses when the vehicle is standing at an angle and holds the brakes on after you take your foot off until you touch the accelerator. The Colorado also has a limited-slip differential.

It is all part of a maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating built around high-strength steel and incorporating full-length frame rails, while a safety cell gives maximum protection from a frontal or side collision.

While these features are standard, as is rear park assist, the LTZ and Z71 also get reversing cameras.

Sitting on 17-inch wheels for the LTZ, 18-inch for the Z71, 16-inch for the other models, the Colorado has a high ground clearance but still has considerable stability on the road. The access and egress is easy thanks to the presence of a running board.

The level of technology and entertainment inside the Colorado covers everything delivered on a seven-inch colour touchscreen.

Tick off the MyLink infotainment system with Bluetooth audio streaming, iPod and auxiliary connectivity, hands-free calling and the BrinGo satellite navigation, which works from your smart phone, as does Pandora, Stitcher and Tune In internet radio.

The Z71 adds leather seats with the front ones heated, a body-coloured sports bar and integrated nudge bar — all part of its refined, yet rugged at heart image.

The Colorado offers a powerful combination of inner strength, solid muscle power and comfort backed by a comfortable drive experience. It really does go the whole nine yards, and in style.