Holden announces imported Commodore
It’s all change for Holden’s first imported Commodore, which doesn’t arrive in dealerships until February 2018. Holden has released details about the new car as they are revealed in line with its European launch, where it will be sold as an Opel Insignia.
To be produced in Germany, the new Commodore (pictured above) will not have a traditional sedan body style, instead switching to a ‘sportback’ , which has a profile similar to a sedan but the functionality of a five-door hatchback. Holden is also expected to sell a Commodore wagon, which is expected to spawn a high-riding version designed for light duty off-roading (similar in concept to Subaru’s Outback).
For the first time since the original in 1978, the Commodore will shrink in its key dimensions; compared with the Australian-made VF model that will continue until early 2018, the new Commodore will be 74 millimetres shorter and 36 millimetres narrower, although it is three millimetres taller. That width makes it more difficult for three people to cram across the rear, but for four occupants the interior space – including head and legroom – is similar to today’s Commodore.
The big improvement comes in fuel use, courtesy of a weight reduction of hundreds of kilograms. That’s partly because the new Commodore will switch to a more efficient front-drive platform and introduce four-cylinder turbo-charged engines, one petrol and one diesel.
The flagship engine will be a 3.6-litre V6 matched to an all-wheel-drive system with active traction management.
There’s also plenty of tech, including matrix LED headlights which provide smart high-beam functionality that can block out other vehicles. Also expect a suite of active safety features, including auto braking and self steering.