Car reviews - Holden - Crewman - Cross 8 4-dr utility
Holden adds all-wheel drive to its Crewman dual-cab ute
30 Apr 2004
By BRUCE NEWTON
HOLDEN'S incredible ability to spin derivative off derivative surely reaches a temporary peak with the Crewman Cross8, a car that combines Commodore car and utility with the company's new Cross Trac all-wheel drive system and the One Tonner's leaf-sprung live axle rear-end. We say temporary because Holden is close to launching a highly flexible new architecture called Zeta which will produce even more variants than the current V-car platform. Anyway, back to the current day and this car, which for all the hype is simply a 4x4 crew-cab in the style of Japanese vehicles like Hi-Lux, Navara and Triton. The difference in this case is V8 power, which means more grunt but also massive fuel consumption. That fact makes Crewman Cross8 a true niche vehicle which will simply be too expensive for many people to run. The forthcoming HF V6 version should help on that score, but we'll have to wait a while longer for the cramped rear seat room to be addressed.
Model release date: 1 February 2004 to 1 October 2004
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