October 24, 2013

Holden edges Colorado closer to Ranger and boosts torque on automatics

Having been dropped from Holden’s press release distribution list, 4wdNewz has been a little slow to note the torque and other upgrades to 2014 Colorados. The newly acquired 500Nm gives it a nice little boost over Ford Ranger’s 470Nm. However, the 500Nm only comes with the automatic transmission. The manual – a new six-speed – is limited to 440Nm, the same as before, and is on hand from 1600rpm to 2800rpm. Both auto and manual produce 147kW of power, identical to Ranger’s.

Holden Australia media information says the engine delivers more maximum torque but increases torque across the entire curve. An enhanced automatic transmission calibration includes shift stabilisation in uphill and downhill modes and grade braking control preventing unnecessary shifting between gears when travelling uphill, and suitable shifting when going downhill to minimise braking.

Holden has added chassis control systems, including Trailer Sway Control, Hill Start Assist and, on most models, Descent Control. These all make it more competitive with the Ranger.

1 comment:

  1. I looked at the 2013 Colorado. Compared to the Ranger, Holden had a lot of catchup to do.