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Holden Rodeo (Rodeo Mk2)

Rodeo Mk2

Make: Holden

Model: Rodeo

Released: Jan 1970

Discontinued: Feb 2003

Holden logo1 Jul 1988

By CHRIS HARRIS

The second-generation Rodeo, with its new-look body and larger overall proportions, was a far-more civilised and stylish effort, increasing space, comfort, and variety throughout the range.

It arrived with a 3025mm wheelbase, 1000kg payload and several different engine choices.

Rear-driven two and four-wheel drive models were available, in pickup, cab-chassis and extended-seat Crew and Space Cab guises.

A comfort-based LS model was introduced, offering a limited-slip differential in 4x4 models and power steering.

An 88kW/195Nm 2.6-litre OHC four-cylinder engine paired to a five-speed manual gearbox was the mainstay of the petrol range, while diesel fans could choose a 57kW/162Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder diesel motor, also with a five-speed manual gearbox.

In 1990 the G1 facelift brought a cost-effective new 69kW/167Nm 2.3-litre OHC four-cylinder petrol engine option.

A turbocharged 2.5-litre diesel was also available from 1990, resulting in an output rise to 74kW and 225Nm.

From January ’93 this engine was upgraded to a 2.7-litre unit, and was also available with a four-speed automatic as well as a five-speed manual gearbox.

From December ’95 an 88kW/201Nm 2.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine was introduced in several models, along with a trim and equipment modifications.

The R9 revisions from February ’98 also brought V6 power, in the form of a 140kW/265Nm 3.2-litre DOHC 24V unit mated to a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual gearbox.

In early ’02 a 3.0-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel replaced the old 2.5 unit, providing 96kW of power and 265Nm of torque.

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