A significantly more powerful and more refined 3.0-litre diesel engine and increased towing capacity on 4x4 diesel models – up by as much as 30 percent over the outgoing model – are key features of Holden’s new Rodeo ute, which has just gone on sale in New Zealand.
Towing capacity on diesel 4X4s is now 3000kg with a braked trailer. That’s an increase of 500kg on manual gearbox and 1000kg on auto versions of the old model.
Holden will continue to offer Rodeos powered by the 3.6-litre petrol Alloytech V6 developing 157kW and 313Nm. Petrol Rodeos have a 2500kg towing capacity.
The new vehicle’s bodywork is a facelift of the previous Rodeo, which in body size sits between the smaller Ford Ranger and the larger Toyota HiLux and Nissan Navara.
Body variants include single cab/chassis, space cab and crew cab.
The new truck, sold in LX and more luxurious LT variants, gets more aggressive frontal styling – along with a bonnet air scoop on turbocharged diesel models.
The new diesel engine, with common-rail fuel-delivery technology by Denso, answers the two most frequent customer criticisms of the previous Rodeo – the fearful clatter and din from the diesel engine, and its relative lack of power.
The turbocharged 3.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel develops maximum power of 120kW, and peak torque of 360Nm with the five-speed manual gearbox, or 330Nm with the four-speed automatic.
That’s respectively 25 percent and 29 percent more than in the previous Rodeo.
Rodeos are being sold with a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed auto gearboxes, and 4x4 models have shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive engagement.
All Rodeos run disc front/drum rear brake set-ups with ABS and electronic brake force distribution.
Holden says the manual diesel can achieve 8.4 litres/100km fuel economy (down from 8.6 on the previous model), and the automatic nine litres/100km.
The Rodeo is a key vehicle for Holden in New Zealand – it’s its second-biggest selling model behind the Commodore.
Holden sells 46 percent of its Rodeos to rural customers.
Holden NZ boss Peter Keley says he believes the more powerful, more refined, diesel will give Rodeo sales a major boost.