VE Ute incorporates more standard safety features than its predecessor
and benefits from the largest crash modelling program Holden has undertaken.
was on crash avoidance and providing optimum occupant protection should
a crash occur.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
was a primary focus for change and the new ute delivers even greater
lateral grip and linear response during cornering.
Ute also benefits from larger fade resistant brakes and larger wheel
and tire packages.
Further Feature Highlights
heating, ventilation and air conditioning system – 20
- High quality instrument clusters with larger dials and displays,
night mode dash illumination, 16 personalisation options, multifunction
- 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)
- Super Box
- Hard tonneau cover
- Cargo tie-down rails
- Sports bar
- Ladder and roof rack
- Sports decal kit