The Chevy Colorado is a hot-selling pickup truck here in the states, and it has a brother from Down Under in the form of the Holden Colorado. Now, the Aussie GM arm has built a more serious off-road version that borrows the eXtreme name that was popular on the street performance versions in the '90s. But now the name applies to more off-road ready pickups rather than street-focused ones.
The name has been slightly changed, removing the "e" at the beginning for the 2018 Holden Colorado Z71 Xtreme. The nasty and tacky bright-colored decals from the '90s have also been replaced by more tasteful ones. And rather than lowering the ride height, the clearance is right for going off pavement rather than merely staying on it.
The Holden Colorado Xtreme is a true off-roading beast that has the goods to get into the rough and tumble. Standard equipment includes a Warn winch rated for 10,000 pounds with a 30-meter cable, off-road suspension and tires, tubular side steps, a functional front skid plate,
Aesthetics are just as bold as the off-road setup. The Colorado Z71 Xtreme comes in two colors: a matte orange paint and a bold white, both complemented by matte black decals on the hood and tailgate, big black plastic fender flares, and hardcore black steel off-road bumpers front and rear.
Though the Chevy Colorado won't see this specific Xtreme package here, we do get the bonafide off-road goods in the ZR2. The fact that Aussies can get access to a truck like this is important given the rough terrain and harsh conditions of the Australian outback. It's great to see Holden do something special to an already great pickup truck. It goes on sale in Australia in October.