TO THE XTREME

CONCEPT-INSPIRED Z71 XTREME IS READY FOR PRODUCTION.

WORDS TRISTAN TANCREDI

THE CURTAINS have dropped on Holden’s locally designed and built Colorado Z71 Xtreme ute. Designed and built at Holden’s Port Melbourne HQ in Victoria, the Xtreme is based on the brand’s rangetopping Z71 and takes design cues from the Xtreme concept unveiled at the 2016 Bangkok International Motor Show.

As such, much of the Z71’s features are carried over, including the 2.8-litre Duramax turbo-diesel engine – good for 147kW and 500Nm, when mated with the six-speed auto – and 3500kg towing ability. What separates the Z71 Xtreme from the Z71 is the addition of a number of key features: a winch bar, a winch system (with a 10,000lb load capacity and a 30m synthetic line), a heavy duty bash plate, a LED light bar, a towing package, a roof tray kit, a rear steel step, and upgraded front suspension.

To give it a visual edge over its stablemate, Holden also threw in fender flares, Colorado branding on the tailgate, Xtreme decals, a soft tonneau cover, a bonnet bulge, a black extended sportsbar, a black tubular side steps package, and 18-inch Goodyear AllTerrain Wranglers.

The Z71 Xtreme is priced at $69,990 driveaway and will arrive at Holden dealers from October 1, 2018.