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 (ESP) 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.
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 (241-hp) of peak power and 330Nm (243 lb-ft) of peak torque.
The six-speed manual Omega has the more powerful High Output V6 Alloytec, delivering peak power of 195kW (262-hp) and peak torque of 340Nm (251 lb-ft), 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 (362-hp or .99-hp/cu-inch!) of peak power and 530Nm (391 lb-ft) 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
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 tire packages.
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