Building a truck to tear it up off-road isn’t a pastime that’s unique to the America. There are enthusiasts all over the world doing it, including those in New Zealand, as evidenced by this unique one-off Holden Colorado concept dubbed the Rox.
Built as a collaborative effort between Holden New Zealand and New Zealand-based tuner Retro Vehicle Enhancement (RVE), the Holden Colorado Rox has all the right parts for dirt duty. A new video shows the machine tackling the sloshy sand and surf on Auckland’s Muriwai Beach.
The big-ticket items in this build are the impressive 35-inch mud tires, which fit under the truck thanks to a six-inch suspension and body lift. There are a number of one-off elements as well, such as the custom fender flares that add almost 150 mm (5.9 inches) to the width of the vehicle. Also note the carbon fiber high-rise hood and new steel bumpers front to back.
On the cargo front, there’s a 500 mm (19.7-inch) tray extender in the rear, plus a roof basket up top, while retractable lights and a wrapping roof bar finish the exterior.
Inside, we find new seats and leather upholstery.
Providing motivation is the familiar 2.8L XLD28 turbo-diesel four-cylinder Duramax engine, which doles out a stock-spec 147 kW (197 horsepower) and 500 Nm (368 pound-feet) of torque. The turbodiesel mates to standard six-speed automatic transmission.
“Our driving desire was to take our most capable vehicle, the Colorado, and beef it up to become the greatest awe-inspiring, eye-catching piece of machinery ever devised by Holden New Zealand,” said Holden New Zealand Managing Directer Marc Ebolo.
The Holden Colorado Rox concept was first revealed last June, and is currently touring New Zealand.
Note that this is the Holden Colorado, also sold as the Colorado or the S-10 model for the international market, which is different from the North American-spec Chevrolet Colorado. Despite the same name and shared 31XX vehicle platform, the Holden Colorado offers different dimensions, cab and bed configurations, interior, powertrain, and other attributes compared to the U.S. Colorado.