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TAS Country : April 12th 2012
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, April 13, 2012 News MID YEAR: The Isuzu D-Max ute has had its projected arrival delayed by the catastrophic climatic events in Thailand Isuzu to make big impression Country Wheels NEIL DOWLING GOVERNMENT documents on the next Isuzu ute reveal Australia will get three body styles in an expanded line- up that now goes head-to-head with rival Holden Colorado. The bad news is that Isuzu won't get its new D-Max ute range here until mid year after its schedule was stunned by the Thai floods. Holden and Isuzu shared the pre- vious Colorado and D-Max --- but now it's game-on as they present two different products. Or do they? General Motors and Isuzu actually remain allies, with the chassis and many body panels being shared under an on-going joint venture agreement. The passenger cell, doors and roof are identical with Isuzu re-styling the metal ahead of the windscreen and rear of the back doors. Holden has already released its Colorado and Isuzu is gearing up for a June launch. According to vehicle import information, Isuzu shows it has applied to expand its ute range with a single-cab and an extended-cab body (featuring rear-opening side-access panels) either in the cab-chassis form or ute trim. The dual-cab body --- previously the only D-Max offering available in Aust- ralia --- continues. No word yet, however, on the seven- seat SUV version that adds a roof over the ute's tray and also slips in a third row of seats. This wagon --- which competes with the Mitsubishi Challenger and Nissan Pathfinder --- is available in Asia. Isuzu first showed the new gener- ation D-Max at a function in Thailand in October last year. Domestic demand meant the ute wasn't expected in Australia until early January but the Thai floods and tsunami pushed the delivery date out to about the middle of this year, says Isuzu Ute Australia spokesman Dave Harding. The one-tonne ute appears as an evolution but, in fact, the body and most mechanical components are new. It gets a stiffer ladder-frame chassis that has a longer wheelbase --- up 45mm to 3095mm --- and electronic stability control, emergency brake as- sist and ABS are standard. Other safety gear is front side ai- rbags that deploy from the seats and curtain airbags bring it to six standard airbags within the cab. Externally the ute is bigger, leading to a more spacious cabin and longer rear doors for easy entry and egress to the rear seat in the dual-cab version. Rear access was previously criticised because of the small doors. There is a new dashboard, connectivity to iPod and USB, and Bluetooth. The dash is shared with the Holden Colorado. Isuzu has reworked its 3-litre turbo- diesel engine to punch 380Nm and 130kW. Australia will get this engine as standard and possibly bring in a 110kW/400Nm 2.5-litre turbo-diesel variant for a cheaper model. This small-bore, high-torque oiler gets a six- speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission selection in Asia and some European countries. The com- pany says the 3-litre's biggest change is the flat delivery of the torque through most of the rev range to make towing easier and aid drivability. The engine is mated to a choice of a five-speed automatic --- up from the current four cogs --- and a five-speed manual transmission. The 4WD ver- sion drives through an electric- engagement transfer case. It has a 3-tonne towing capacity and a payload of up to 1-tonne. DUE IN JUNE: Holden's Colorado Colorado breaks drought HOLDEN'S new seven-seater Colorado, seen above as the Chevrolet Trail- blazer, is due here in June. The long-awaited replacement for the Jackaroo has the same drivetrain and underpinnings as the next Colorado ute, except for a new rear suspension. The SUV gets a coil-spring rear-end but retains the ute's three-tonne towing capacity. It will rival the Mitsubishi Chal- lenger ($41,490) and Nissan Pathfinder ($48,490), and compete with its cousin the Isuzu wagon -- yet to be confirmed for Australia. The Thai-made SUV is expected to be priced around $48,000 when it hits Australian showrooms late this year. It will follow the mid-year launch of the second-generation Colorado ute on which it is based. When it comes to Australia, it will be the first heavy-duty 4WD SUV to wear a Holden badge in almost a decade. Holden executive director, sales, marketing and aftersales John Els- worth said the growing popularity of SUVs in Australia would ensure the new Colorado 7 had a ready-made fan base when it was launched. ''Australians are buying more SUVs than ever before . . ,'' he said. ''The Colorado 7 will be a perfect fit . . .'' Great cars, Great prices. 275 Main Road, Glenorchy Phone: 6213 3315 37-- 41 St John Street, Launceston Phone: 6334 8444 $24,990. Drive away. Metallic paint $350 extra. $22,990. Drive away. $23,990. Drive away. Metallic paint $350 extra. $17,990. Drive away. Diesel arriving soon X240 4X4 Petrol V240 4X2 Petrol SINGLE CAB V200 4X4 Turbo Diesel SINGLE CAB V200 4X2 Turbo Diesel DUAL CAB
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