“Class-leading stature and stance, combined with bold graphics, sums up the design direction we wanted to take with the SportsCat program. We wanted our design to look strong and purposeful, yet beautifully integrated. At the same time, we also wanted to provide some visual distinction between SportsCat and SportsCat+.”
Julian Quincey, HSV Chief Designer
A standout in the 4x4 field, the new SportsCat+ has it over the competition in more ways than one. An increased ride-height gives the vehicle an obvious ground clearance advantage, while a distinctive ‘bonnet bulge’, unique outer and upper grilles, striking wheel arch fender flares and a ‘splash tray’ create a look that is muscular and aggressive.
In addition to its stylish good looks, SportsCat’s hard tonneau also features handy accessory rails to help accommodate a range of storage options. The clever design of the hard tonneau also includes a “quick-release” hinge mechanism for easy and rapid removal of the lid for those instances where further cargo height is required in the tub.
*SportsCat+ shown with optional Sail Plane.
The look of Colorado SportsCat’s rear-end is as unique and unmistakable as the front with the fitment of a custom rear applique. The tailgate also features “soft open” functionality for added convenience.
*SportsCat+ shown with optional Sail Plane.
The rugged 18” x 10” 6-spoke forged alloys, matte black on SportsCat and matte black with a machined-face on SportsCat+, make a bold statement, with an offset that increases the overall track of both vehicles by 30mm.
The stylish Sail Plane, optional on SportsCat+, features a design inspired by high-end wakeboarding boats to complement the vehicle’s aggressive wheel-arches.
SportsCat’s sportsbar delivers a rugged, yet sporty, profile to the rear of the cabin.
Developed specifically for the SportsCat+ by HSV’s chassis engineers, the rear de-coupling anti-roll bar improves the higher speed road driving performance of the vehicle by controlling rear roll, and thereby improving overall vehicle balance and turn-in transient response.
The de-coupling feature ensures that when heading into rugged 4x4 territory, the vehicle’s suspension settings can be optimised for off-road performance: the system is automatically de-activated upon the driver’s (“shift-on-the-fly”) selection of Four-Wheel Low.
The same brand as used on the GTSR range, this premium brake package features forged 4-piston fixed head calipers with large brake master cylinders and 362mm x 32mm front rotors to deliver superior pedal feel and braking performance.
Both SportsCat models feature HSV Sports suspension with the front spring rate stiffened to 110 Newtons/mm. This spring rate helps deliver outstanding front-end support with less body roll and more accurate transient response. The vehicle’s MTV dampers have also been tuned to suit this spring rate with the overall result being a more performance-based handling characteristic.
In addition to the increased spring rate, front ride height has been lifted by 25mm. This modification further improves the approach angle of the vehicle, increases ground clearance to the body and reduces the overall rake, delivering a more natural on-road stance.
SupaShock suspension, as introduced to the Australian market on HSV’s iconic GTSR W1, will also be available as a factory-fitted option on the SportsCat+, taking the vehicle’s suspension capabilities to another level yet again. These linear-style dampers are significantly larger than regular dampers, delivering the lowest frictional losses of any commercially available damper. Their adoption helps deliver superior performance and road grip without compromising ride quality or body control.
Both SportsCat models are powered by a 2.8 litre double overhead cam 4-cylinder common-rail injection Duramax Turbo Diesel engine that offers 147kW of power and up to 500Nm of torque when specified with the optional 6-speed automatic transmission. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard fitment.
SportsCat’s 4WD system features a position shift control switch located on the centre floor console. Key settings include:
Colorado SportsCat’s stylish alloys are wrapped in Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports All-Terrain tyres. These Cooper tyres are a hybrid between a sports-truck tyre and an all-terrain tyre and, in addition to their rugged off-road properties, were specially selected by HSV’s chassis engineers for their outstanding on-road performance characteristics, both on tarmac and dirt roads. The overall size of the tyres (285/60 R18), and their rolling radius, also delivers a 20mm increase in vehicle ride height.
SportsCat sits approximately 45mm higher (at the front) than the “donor” vehicle with ~20mm emanating from the adoption of the Cooper tyre package and a further 25mm as a consequence of the front-end having been lifted. This increased ride height assists ground clearance and aids the vehicle’s off-road competency.
Hill Start Assist prevents the vehicle from rolling away when trying to pull away on an upward or downward gradient. The system engages automatically when a gradient is detected; it then acts to hold the Sportscat stationary after the brake is released, giving the driver time to apply the throttle. Hill Descent Control utilises the active braking capability of the ESC to maintain a controlled speed when travelling down-hill.
The Trailer Sway Control system detects the onset of instability in trailer towing situations and intervenes to keep the trailer under control. It does this by activating the brakes and reducing engine torque. TSC utilises the combination of ABS, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and Electronic Brake Assist to control wheel slip, reduce wheel-spin and enhance vehicle stability and predictability while accelerating and braking.
The Roll Over Mitigation function constantly monitors the vehicle’s behaviour with the help of the ESC sensors, and intervenes when the vehicle senses a roll-over situation. Roll Over Mitigation brakes individual wheels and reduces the driving torque to prevent roll over and to stabilize the vehicle.
Both SportsCat models have a maximum towing capacity of 3,500kg (braked) and 750kg (unbraked).
The interior of the SportsCat delivers the perfect marriage of form and function. Take the wheel of the new SportsCat and the first thing you’ll notice is the firm embrace of the front 6-way electric adjustable HSV Sports seats. Special treatments adorn the dash pad, door inserts, centre console cover and floor mats, while rear seat passengers enjoy a similar level of comfort and style.
Adopting a unique profile to the seat base, along with larger bolsters for added driver and passenger support, SportsCat’s seats feature a combination of Jasmine Leather and Windsor Suede with red highlight twin-needle stitching.
SportsCat’s leather-wrapped steering wheel features red highlight stitching for that added touch of individuality and style.
The MyLink Infotainment System includes an array of user-friendly technologies such as an 8” Colour Touch-screen, embedded Satellite Navigation, Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB+) Digital Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto phone projection technology and a premium 7-speaker audio system.
SportsCat’s dash pad is covered in perforated leather and Windsor suede to enhance the premium appeal of the cabin.
Your cabin comfort is assured with SportsCat’s electronic climate control keeping interior climate at just the right temperature.
The rain sensor, located behind the internal rear-view mirror, detects the amount of water on the windscreen and automatically regulates the frequency of the windscreen wipers.
Forward Collision Alert, with Head Up Warning, uses a digital camera mounted on the windscreen with state-of-the-art image processing to observe and warn you of vehicles slowing down ahead. When approaching a vehicle too quickly, the system provides a flashing alert and rapidly beeps. The system also provides a visual alert if following a vehicle too closely.
Lane Departure Warning helps to combat distraction and drowsiness on the road. It alerts you to any unintentional lane departures with an audible warning, keeping you and your passengers on the right track.
The Park Assist system is designed to identify and notify the driver of an object in the vehicle’s path when the vehicle is moving forward or reversing at a speed of less than 8 km/h.
When fitted with the optional automatic transmission, both vehicles feature remote start which allows the vehicle’s engine to be started from outside the vehicle by using the remote start button found on the key-fob. When activated, the climate control system will also deploy the previous settings.
The windows can be opened by a secondary (5 seconds) press of the remote key-fob. The windows will automatically close when the doors are locked with the remote key-fob.
SportsCat’s rear view camera system consists of a video camera/module located at the rear of the vehicle. The system is activated when the transmission is placed in reverse, and is displayed in the infotainment system.
SportsCat’s safety credentials are enhanced with the provision of front airbags for the driver and front passenger, front seat side impact airbags, full length side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag.