Holden designers captured the dual role of today’s ute as a practical workhorse with recreational sports car credentials. A priority was to create more practical cabin space and storage flexibility.
Like its sedan sibling, VE Ute has authoritative stance and poise. The signature raked bodyside and distinctive flared wheel arches feature prominently.
The silhouette features a coupe-like integrated roof-line and retains the classic Holden Ute proportional trait with the tray perfectly balanced above the rear wheels.
The clean presentation is aided by the use of a single piece body side outer which runs from the A pillar to the tailgate. The new one-piece side structure delivers significant quality improvements through dimensional stability and repeatability.
There are unique wrap-around tail lamps and tailgate hinges are now fully concealed. Dual and quad exhaust systems enhance the VE Ute’s sports car appeal.
VE Ute introduces several design solutions that increase interior storage space, improve rear compartment access and add more convenience features.
The cabin interior draws on the award-winning VE sedan, with individual treatments increasing buyer choice. Specific centre stack features, mouldings, displays and illumination colours create maximum differentiation between variants.
The aggressive quality standards applied to VE sedan were also applied to ute, with critical areas such as part-to-part fit, material surfaces, storage openings and other treatments reviewed to the tiniest detail.
Rear seat access has been opened up with a quick release seat latch now standard. Storage volume behind the seats is now 245-litres (8.65 cu-ft), a significant increase over VZ Ute’s 90-litre (3.18 cu-ft) space.
There are two storage compartments beneath the load floor and all models except Omega and SV6 have dual cargo nets in the rear panel. A new rear centre T-panel provides a striking visual element.
While the new ute takes many of its design and styling cues from the successful VE sedan, its body structure has more than 60 unique panels.
The rear structure has been significantly reinforced to accommodate the load-carrying capacity and robustness required for a light commercial vehicle.
The cargo area is more functional and versatile. A heavy duty moulded cargo liner is now standard fitment.
It helps protect the tray space and load materials from damage. Floor corrugations allow water run-off and easy cleaning.
The flush-fitting soft tonneau cover (all models except Omega) features Holden’s unique ‘snap lock’ clipping system. The six cargo tie-down hooks have been redesigned for improved functionality.