General Motor's Australian subsidiary, Holden, has introduced an updated version of its Rodeo ute for 2007.
Based on the same GMT 355 platform that underpins the Chevrolet Colorado and Canyon twins, the Rodeo sports two big revisions - a new common rail direct injection diesel (VCDi) engine and updated interior.
At 3.0-liters, the new VCDi powerplant boosts power 25% over previous Rodeo turbo diesel models. It's rated at 160-horsepower at 3,600 rpm and 246 lb-feet of torque at 1,600 rpm for the automatic, and 265 lb-feet at 1,800 rpm for the manual transmission.
Don't drool though at thoughts of this diesel showing up in your driveway. It's very unlikely we'll see this engine cross the Pacific to the US market, because it only meets Europe's Euro 4 emission specs, which are much less strict than the EPA's 50-state Tier 2 Bin 5 standards.
However, the new interior holds much more promise to show up in the Colorado and Canyon. The upgraded instrument panel and dash are a big improvement over the stark IP found in the current Colorado and Canyon.
Look for more information after the Detroit Auto Show early next month.