The Maloo isn't exactly what you would call 'pretty'. You'd probably prefer to use 'purposeful' or 'aggressive' if you were looking for an adjective to describe it. There is a clear familial link to Vauxhall's awesome VXR8 (itself a rebadged Holden Commodore), but once you get beyond the front seats it all ends. Instead of rear accommodation, boot or anything you might expect from a Vauxhall, there is instead a huge, 1,208-litre load bay, hidden under a hydraulically operated cover. It's a striking beast, an aggressively sculptured chin giving way to vast 20in slate-grey alloys and huge flared side skirts and onto that almost ludicrously long rear bed. There's no mistaking it for anything else on the road that's for sure.
Inside the Maloo is surprisingly comfortable, not the first thing you would expect from a 'utility vehicle'. But there's no mistaking the car's origins. Other than a VXR8 badge on the centre console and 'VXR' headrests, everything is HSV, from that hilariously chunky wheel to the not always cooperative infotainment system. That infotainment system includes a marvellous HSV system which can be configured to show, amongst other things, slip angle or a massive shift light as seen on the racing version, which entirely makes up for the fact that the phone connection is not always the best.