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Cosmetic revisions and a diesel heart transplant give Rodeo a new lease on life

12 Mar 2007

HAS it really been four years since the all-new Rodeo was launched in Australia? Back in early 2003, it seemed so modern, so fresh, so happening! Now the Holden light truck is languishing as one of the pensioners of the pick-up world. With virtually every rival now comprehensively redesigned or updated, the revised, and re-engineered model could not have arrived soon enough. A visual makeover and a diesel heart transplant­ a year after the V6 petrol models were overhauled promise to put the Rodeo right back into contention.

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Model release date: 1 March 2007 to 1 July 2008

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Holden RA Rodeo utility

Released: March 2003
Ended: March 2007
Family Tree: Rodeo

The third-generation, Thai-built Rodeo was the first of the new wave of Japanese-developed light trucks, featuring larger cabins, more comfort and an urban – as well as utilitarian – appeal. The lowliest models made do with a 94kW/207Nm 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine, while a rather noisy 96kW/280Nm 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel proved popular. On the V6 petrol front, a 147kW/280Nm 3.5-litre Isuzu-sourced V6 was available, until the Holden-made 157kW/313Nm 3.6-litre V6 usurped it in late 2005. All engines bar the five-speed manual-only 2.4 models could also be had with a four-speed auto. The RA Rodeo came in two or three-seater Single Cab, four-seater Space Cab and five-seater Crew Cab bodystyles.

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