Just a few short moments after it unveiled the new Insignia Grand Sport, GM is up for another astonishing revelation. Apparently, the 2018 Opel Insignia Grand Sport will be getting a new V6 engine version for Australia. So let’s all welcome the new generation Holden Commodore for the land down under!
Blame it on the different time zones. Others have thought that Holden was the first to reveal their V6. Whatever the case may be, we think both are sure winners. Hyped as the “most advanced Commodore” yet, Australia’s rebadged Insignia Grand Sport will be powered by a 308 hp V6 3.6 litre naturally aspirated engine with up to 273 lb-ft of torque.
In that case, there may be a slight difference from the current Commodore’s engine specs. The new version gets an additional 27hp and 15 pounds feet of torque aside from the standard AWD layout and GM’s first ever 9-speed AT gearbox.
Opel Insignia’s Australian version will be offered in either wagon or liftback body setups. Meanwhile the entry-level variants will be equipped with a smaller 2.0-litre turbo diesel engines and FWD layout.
The liftback is a 5-door model with rear hatch design. It will be labeled as a mid-size vehicle unlike the full-sized VF-Commodore. Nevertheless, you can be quite sure that the interior space has a lot more to give considering its smaller dimension.
The 2018 Commodore’s wheelbase measurement is only 3.4 inches shorter than the VF-Commodore. Its length falls short at 2.9 inches while the width is only narrower by 1.4 inches. As for the headroom, the new generation Commodore is half an inch less than the VF. It also measures 2.3 inches shorter on the shoulder room, 1.7 inches less on the hip area while the knee space measures just the same.
Other than the new torque vectoring system, the 2018 Holden Commodore will now come with GM’s all-new FlexRide Chassis with dampers. This chassis technology adapts to any road conditions at optimum level.
Since the Commodore/Opel/Vauxhall models are basically the same inside and out, the only difference is perhaps the badges assigned on each of the model versions. But if there are any changes, the Holden Commodore will come with power lift gate for the wagon. Perhaps Android and Apple CarPlay integration with 8-inch infotainment screen will also be included here along with LED matrix headlamps, head-up display and massage/heated/ventilated seats.
The 2018 “New Generation” Holden Commodore will be built and assembled in Germany and will be transported all the way to Australia. Unlike the current RWD Commodore, the new V6 engine model will be 200 kilograms lighter as it has shed a total amount of weight equivalent to 441 pounds.