2007 Holden VE Ute review and pictures

Posted on Thursday, 23 August 2007 , 13:08:11 byAngela

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Holden VE Ute

GM Holden revealed the all-new VE Ute range. It offers more features, more useable interior space, greater storage flexibility and more performance than its predecessors. The world-class design and engineering expertise has created a vehicle that successfully integrates sports car performance, ride and handling. The interior offers increased cabin comfort and increased storage space. Under the hood it features a V8 engine capable of developing 270 kW. VE Ute incorporates more standard safety features than its predecessor and benefits from the largest crash modeling program Holden has undertaken. VE is actually the first locally produced Ute equipped with the acclaimed Electronic Stability Program safety technology standard across the range. The model will go on sale starting October 2007.

GM Holden today unveiled its all new VE Ute range - the latest iconic model in a line-up that spans almost 60 years of Australian motoring.

VE Ute is Holden`s first completely new ute design since the VU series in 2000. It offers more features, more useable interior space, greater storage flexibility and more performance than any of its predecessors.

Holden invested an extra $105 million on top of its $1 billion VE Commodore sedan program and carried out more than 650,000kms of reliability testing on the new VE Ute.

Launching the new range in Melbourne today, GM Holden Chairman and Managing Director Chris Gubbey said almost 60 years of history had established the Holden Ute as a true Australian icon.

"The ute`s development tells the story of Australia. Today`s ute is about working hard, playing hard and enjoying an active lifestyle," Mr Gubbey said.

"VE Ute raises the bar in this segment and sets new standards in safety, comfort, flexibility and performance, and all at the great value price you`d expect from Holden."

Holden`s world-class design and engineering expertise has created a vehicle that successfully integrates sports car performance, ride and handling and workhorse practicality.

Sharing the same genetic make-up as the multi-award winning VE Commodore sedan, the all new VE Ute was designed, engineered and built in Australia.

It will be the first locally produced ute to offer the acclaimed Electronic Stability Program (ESPĀ®) crash avoidance safety technology standard across the range. High levels of safety carry through to the vehicle`s structure which incorporates the same high-strength steels introduced in VE sedan.

VE Ute`s interior offers increased cabin comfort and significantly increased storage space. The tray has a new cargo liner fitted as standard.

Performance is stepped up and there are wider wheel and tyre combinations across all models. A new-to-the-range SS V model marries 270kW of V8 power with high-level features.

These include 19-inch wheels, dual zone electronic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, alloy pedals and a premium audio system, setting a new standard in the ute segment.

Introduced in July 2006, Holden`s VE range has won a host of accolades including Wheels Car of the Year, News Ltd`s Car Of The Year, MOTOR`s Bang For Your Bucks and Drive.com People`s Choice Award.

Safety Technology

VE Ute incorporates more standard safety features than its predecessor and benefits from the largest crash modelling program Holden has undertaken.

The focus was on crash avoidance and providing optimum occupant protection should a crash occur.

Safety technologies were benchmarked against the world`s leading brands and major engineering programs delivered a stiffer body structure and significantly increased usage of advanced strength steels. Seventy seven per cent of VE Ute`s structure is advanced strength steel.

Load path strategies established for VE sedan have been adapted for VE Ute with a focus on side and rear impact. Structurally optimised crush zones help absorb crash energy.

VE is the first locally produced ute equipped with the acclaimed Electronic Stability Program (ESPĀ®) safety technology standard across the range. This integrates traction control, anti-lock braking systems, electronic brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution to help prevent skidding in critical driving situations by applying corrective braking to different wheels and reducing engine torque.

New dual-stage driver and passenger front airbags, which inflate in two stages according to impact severity and respective seating positions, further enhance occupant safety.

Other protection features include a steering column ride-down mechanism and breakaway brake pedal.

Performance

The new VE Ute is all about performance, whether as a day-to-day commercial workhorse or a two-door sports car in its own right.

The Omega Ute offers a four-speed automatic transmission paired with Holden`s locally built 3.6 litre V6 Alloytec engine, delivering 180kW of peak power and 330Nm of peak torque.

The six-speed manual Omega has the more powerful High Output V6 Alloytec, delivering peak power of 195kW and peak torque of 340Nm, with dual exhausts added.

SV6 utilises the same combination of High Output V6 engine, six-speed manual transmission and dual exhausts but adds sports suspension. Five-speed automatic transmission with Active Select is optional.

The SS and new high-end SS V Ute models are powered by Holden`s 6.0 litre Gen IV V8, which delivers 270kW of peak power and 530Nm of peak torque. It is matched to a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select.

Wheel and tyre packages are larger across the range. The entry level Omega ute moves from 15-inch to 16-inch steel wheels. At the performance end, SV6 and SS utes move from 17-inch to 18-inch alloys as standard and the new SS V boasts 19-inch alloy wheels.

Quad exhausts add to the performance package on SS and SS V models.

Ride and handling

Holden`s chassis engineers have translated the luxury smoothness, great linear handling and steering feel of VE sedan into the ute driving experience.

At the same time, they have maintained the ride comfort characteristics and sporting appeal of the successful VZ Ute. The result is a balance between passenger car comfort, sporty handling and the practical requirements of a load-bearing commercial vehicle.

Rear suspension was a primary focus for change and the new ute delivers even greater lateral grip and linear response during cornering. VE Ute also benefits from larger fade resistant brakes and larger wheel and tyre packages.

Further Feature Highlights

All-new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system - 20 fan speeds
High quality instrument clusters with larger dials and displays, night mode dash illumination, 16 personalisation options, multifunction driver display
All models satellite navigation and telematics capable
Blaupunkt audio systems
Six disc CD player (SS and SS V)
Sports-contoured seats (SS and SS V)
Bluetooth mobile phone connectivity
Euro-style flat blade wipers
Locking fuel filler door
One touch lane change indicator
LED high-mounted stop lamp (SS and SS V)
Dual zone electronic climate control (SS V)
Projector headlamps (SS V)
Alloy faced pedals (SS V)

Accessories include:

Super Box
Hard tonneau cover
Cargo tie-down rails
Sports bar
Ladder and roof rack
Sports decal kit
Interior luggage organiser
Colour selection

A varied and expressive colour palette emphasises ute`s sports persona. Three exciting new colours - Atomic, Crunch and K-Pow - are included in a total of nine exterior colour choices.

Available on all models

Heron White - solid white
Phantom - metallic black with silver highlights
Redhot - highly chromatic solid red metallic
Nickel - mechanical dark silver with coarse metallic highlight
*K-Pow - highly chromatic metallic blue with purple undertones
Additional colours available on SV6, SS and SSV

Ignition - chromatic red orange metallic with fine mica gold highlight
*Atomic - metallic green, bright and packed with chroma
*Crunch - a green-biased metallic yellow
Morpheous - purple metallic
* denotes new colours

Holden VE Ute Range:

Omega (new) - 3.6L V6, peak power 180kW, peak torque 330Nm, four-speed automatic and 3.6L V6 195kW peak torque 340Nm six-speed manual;
SV6 - 3.6L V6 195kW peak torque 340Nm five-speed automatic and six-speed manual;
SS - 6.0L V8 270kW, peak torque 530Nm six-speed automatic and six-speed manual;
SS V (new) - 6.0L V8 270kW, peak torque 530Nm six-speed automatic and six-speed manual;
Fuel Economy (based on ADR 81/01)

NB - Figures based on pre-production vehicles

Omega (auto) 11.3 L/km
Omega (manual) 11.4 L/km
SV6 (auto) 11.6 L/km
SV6 (manual) 11.4 L/km
SS & SS V (auto) 14.0 L/km
SS & SS V (manual) 14.5 L/km

Recommended Retail Pricing (Australian)

(Excluding delivery and government charges)

Omega (6-speed manual) V6
$30,990 with air conditioning

Omega (4-speed automatic) V6
$30,990 with air conditioning

SV6 (6-speed manual) V6
$35,990

SV6 (5-speed automatic) V6
$36,990

SS (6-speed manual) V8
$39,990

SS (6-speed automatic) V8
$41,990

SS V (6-speed manual) V8
$44,990

SS V (6-speed automatic) V8
$46,990

Leather smart pack (SV6 and SS)
$1,250

On Sale:
October 2007