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The second-generation Holden Frontera was a far-more convincing SUV

29 Mar 2001

THE four-door Holden Frontera V6 is a different vehicle to the four-cylinder two-door that has soldiered on with only minor changes since 1995. The extra doors make it more accessible to more potential buyers and the six-cylinder engine suffers none of the power shortages of the 2.2-litre four, although it can feel a little reluctant off the mark. But with average ride and handling, it generally fails to excite when judged against its opposition.

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Model release date: 1 March 1999 to 1 June 2004

Did you know?

The first Frontera to arrive here was a UK-sourced, three-door wagon in September, 1995 The US-sourced, V6-powered, long wheelbase five-door was first shown to Australian audiences at the Melbourne Motor Show in March, 1999The vehicle is known as the Opel Frontera in the UK and the Isuzu Rodeo in the US

Previous model

Holden Frontera M7

Released: Oct 1995
Ended: March 1999
Family Tree: Frontera

THE Frontera looked the part in its initial two-door form but was hampered by its undernourished 2.0-litre Holden engine. A proper 4WD with separate chassis and a dual range transfer case, it worked okay in the bush. The arrival of a V6 four-door in 1999 helped.

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