Holden’s previous VE-series cars were given a major facelift, resulting to the new VF-generation of its Commodore saloon, Calais V Sports wagon and Ute pickup. The VF represents a series of new technology features for the Commodore lineup. At the front, every Commodore gets a modified bumper, grille and bumper.
A new lineup of alloy wheels is also available. The rear on all three versions is carried over from the VE-series Commodore. Furthermore, the engine lineup of the previous-generation car was not revised. Two V6 engines (3.0 or 3.6-litres) and a top-of-the-line 6.0-litre V8 are available for the three Commodores.
The models are lighter, with a drop in kerbweight of about 50kg and a decline in drag co-efficient from 0.33cd to 0.30cd. With these improvements, Holden boasts that the 3.0-litre V6 could claim a fuel economy of about 35mpg. In addition, these engines can run on E85 biofuel. However, the VF-series Commodore won't be available with a diesel engine or with an engine smaller than a V6.
The most major changes compared to the former Commodore lineup are located inside. Its range of standard features now includes an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen and a head-up display.
The upmarket improvements include higher quality plastics, more use of leather and ice blue ambient lighting. It also comes with a higher level of safety equipment, including a lane departure warning, blind spot monitors and a forward collision warning system.
According to Holden chief Mike Devereux, the VF-generation Commodore range will pose a challenge to several perceptions that consumers have about the conventional Australian-built car. The Commodore VF saloon, Sportwagon and Ute are likely to start selling this May in Australia. It will be offered in the U.S. as the Chevrolet SS.