As 2016 approaches, the dawn befalls on Holden’s coupe utility vehicle. Serving as a faithful companion to all sorts of people, especially among the working class, the next-generation 2016 Holden UTE will no longer be available in the market as per what the reports in Australia suggest. One of the main reasons why GM’s Australian brand has decided to discontinue 2016 Holden UTE is because of its current sales figures that are now at an all time low. This is mainly because of the current Thai-built pickups that are a rage in the market because of their low import cost. As we get ready to bid adieu to this iconic car, here are the things that we will miss out on.
2016 Holden UTE: Redesign and Features
2016 Holden UTE would have been a vehicle sporting elegance and utility in every corner. Its Iconic blue color, high performance and top-notch security features are what that set this vehicle apart from the rest. The front part would have had bolder and more muscular looking grille, LED front lights and a revised bumper. We were expecting it turn come riding on 18 inch alloy wheels and have a large compartment at the back for carrying maximum load.
One glimpse of the interiors of this vehicle and one is overwhelmed by the aura of fine engineering. The ‘Sportec and Kinetic Suede’ seats allow for extremely comfortable journeys, the steering wheel is wrapped in leather and has inbuilt controls for various utilities such as cruise control, Holden’s own MYLink 8 inch touch screen, and audio and phone receivers.
Additional connectivity features include Bluetooth and decent quality stereo system. Some important safety features include stability control, anti-lock brakes and sway control along with safety airbags to guard against impact of collision.
2016 Holden UTE: Engine and Specs
The 2016 Holden UTE was supposed to be powered by a 6.0 litre Generation IV Alloy V8 engine producing a maximum horsepower 270KW/530Nm when paired with a 6-speed manual transmission system or when mated to a 6-speed auto, it produces 260KW/517Nm respectively. There is little to say about the engine because the project itself was shelved before revealing any sort of concrete information, so we might never know if the car had become available in any other variant other than in front-wheel drive.
What we liked?
- Car finish and features
- V8 based performance
- Reasonable price
What could have been better?
- Fuel economy
- Limited carriage capacity
2016 Holden UTE: Release Date and Price
2016 Holden UTE will likely have cult status in the near future, and the Australian company has decided to stop its production completely due to it suffering from a fall in demand. Holden UTE sales stats have dropped by 30-35 percent since last year and have sold just around 4000 units, compared to more than 100,000 from the Thailand-based manufacturers. No doubt that Australia’s home based cars have lost the race to imported ones. Since the car was shelved, we have no idea what could have been its price. It would have released in late 2015 or early 2016, but now it is a thing of the past.