Make / Model Search

Holden - Jackaroo

Latest articles for Holden Jackaroo

Holden Jackaroo (Mk1/L1 Jackaroo)

Mk1/L1 Jackaroo

Make: Holden

Model: Jackaroo

Released: Jan 1970

Discontinued: Mar 1992

Holden logo1 Nov 1981


HOLDEN’S Jackaroo sprang from the 1981 Isuzu Rodeo Trooper/Bighorn, a 4WD wagon competitor to the likes of the Nissan Patrol and Toyota LandCruiser.

As the Rodeo name reveals, the KB light truck served as a base for the Jackaroo, with a tough separate chassis construction and high and low-range 4WD underneath.

However the design was very contemporary for a 4WD, with a two-door five-seater station wagon body sporting very obvious visual links to the Range Rover of the day.

Two four-cylinder engines were introduced – a 65kW/140Nm 2.0-litre OHC unit (basically an enlarged 1.6 found in the ’75-’85 Holden Gemini) as well as a 45kW/130Nm 2.2-litre Isuzu diesel. Both used a four-speed manual gearbox.

The original Jackaroo was no model SUV, with a rough ride, noisy and slow engines, poor on-road dynamics and a very limited range from a 50-litre fuel tank.

However Isuzu and Holden worked diligently to improve the breed.

In July ’84 the Jackaroo LS arrived, sporting more equipment, many trim changes and a more powerful diesel engine – a 55kW/170Nm turbo-charged version of the old 2.2 OHV unit.

A year later – in July ’85 – a facelift brought the long-awaited four-door wagon versions, which ran alongside the two-door wagons up until the second-generation L2 models arrived in 1992.

Also present was a larger petrol engine, an 81kW/184Nm 2.3-litre four-cylinder unit with a five-speed manual gearbox.

Another facelift (L1) during April ’87 brought oblong headlights, while an 88kW/195Nm 2.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine replaced the 2.2 from July ’88. A four-speed automatic gearbox became an option with this powerplant.

Likewise, at the same time, a 74kW/225Nm 2.8-litre turbo-diesel usurped the ancient 2.3 unit.


Latest reviews

Motor industry news

GoAutoNews is Australia’s number one automotive industry journal covering the latest news, future and new model releases, market trends, industry personnel movements, and international events.

Catch up on all of the latest industry news with this week's edition of GoAutoNews
Click here