2018 Holden Commodore comes with a V6 just like its Insignia Grand Sport

Article by Christian A., on December 12, 2016

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.

Press Release

Next-Generation Holden Commodore Breaks Cover – Brings Premium Technology To The People

Holden has today revealed first images and more details of the all-new Commodore ahead of its Australian launch early in 2018. The next-gen Commodore takes cutting-edge safety, driving and infotainment technology and makes it available for today’s Australians, everywhere. The next-generation Holden Commodore is democratizing technology.

Now with images of the next Commodore breaking cover, Australia gets its first look at the sleek and sophisticated design that will be hitting Australian roads in 2018. Designed in Germany by the Opel team with input from GM Holden’s team, the new Commodore takes the best of Europe and makes it great for Australia.

Building on information released last month regarding the next-generation Commodore, Holden has today confirmed a raft of premium technologies will make Commodore the most technologically-advanced Holden ever. From potentially life-saving safety technology features, to active driving technology and seamless infotainment, the all-new Commodore will make driving safer, easier, more involving and more connected than ever before for Australian customers.

“Customers are expecting more of their vehicles than ever before,” said Holden’s Executive Director of Sales, Peter Keley. “The all-new 2018 Commodore redefines the level of technology people can expect, and how tech can help our customers be safer, more involved and more connected than ever before. The Commodore combines technology across a number of areas in a way that you would usually only find in high-end prestige vehicles and makes it available for everyday Australians. Combined with the howling V6, world-first all-wheel-drive system and all the on-road performance you expect from the Commodore, this is a car that ticks all the boxes and more,” said Mr Keley.

Going on sale in Australia early in 2018, the new Commodore range will be headlined by the V6 flagship model, the first ever imported Commodore will honour the iconic nameplate by being the most technologically-advanced Holden ever. With a cutting-edge all-wheel-drive system channeling 230 kilowatts and 370 Newton metres to the road, combined with adaptive suspension technology, a company-first nine-speed automatic transmission and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, the next-generation Commodore will continue to cement Holden’s reputation for class-leading driving dynamics and on-road refinement.

Jeremy Tassone, Holden’s Engineering Group Manager for Vehicle Development, said the technical underpinnings of the next Commodore also represents Holden’s commitment to bringing the best vehicles from around the word to Australian customers.

“From its cutting-edge all-wheel-drive system, to nine-speed transmission and adaptive suspension, this is a true driver’s car in the way Commodore has always been. We’re taking the best of Europe and making it even better for our Australian customers. I can’t wait for our customers to get behind the wheel”

In addition to the Commodore’s unique all-wheel-drive system, further details surrounding the ‘FlexRide’ suspension system have also been confirmed. The continuously adaptable FlexRide chassis electro-hydraulically adapts the dampers to the road and the driving conditions 500 times per second or 30,000 times per minutes.

Additionally, the driver can save personal preferences for the steering characteristics, throttle response and dampers via the ‘Sport’ button.

‘Standard’: The automatic control selects the best set-up based on the information collected by the vehicle sensors.
‘Tour’: Comfortable chassis configuration, and throttle response for best fuel consumption and most relaxed touring. The right mode for relaxing long-distance drives.
‘Sport’: Brake dive is reduced, flat and responsive chassis control at high speeds and the throttle and steering provide more direct feedback.
The new central ‘Drive Mode Control’ software is the heart and soul of the adaptive chassis. It continuously analyses the information provided by the sensors and setting and recognizes the individual driving style. The individual systems are then optimized for the best traction and road position.

Exterior Design:

The design of the next Commodore is based on the ‘Monza’ Concept car, created by the Opel Design team in Germany. The prominent front grille and the slim-line headlamps are directly inspired by the Monza Concept enhance the wide horizontal gesture of the front end and provide it with a bold appearance. The grille sits lower than on the outgoing model and further emphasises the solid stance.

The side window graphics feature with an upper chrome strip, rather than a full-chrome treatment, and the coupé-like roofline graphically pull the car down and emphasize its stretched appearance. The ‘blade’ light catcher in the lower doors pulls attention rearwards. The new Commodore is as sleek as it looks: it has an exemplary drag factor of 0.26 making it one of the most aerodynamic vehicles in its class.

At the rear, clear and simple lines combined with the slim, precise double-wing LED signature also give the car a wider appearance. The newly designed center high-mounted LED stop lamp has been integrated into the roofline. It helps to give the rear end a more high-tech look typical of premium brands’ vehicles.

Interior Design:

The attention to the smallest detail is also evident inside the Commodore. The cockpit is organized along horizontal lines, enhancing the feeling of elegant lightness and of space. The cockpit is orientated to the driver for a sportier feeling. The generous center console that further embraces the driver provides the feeling of sitting in a much larger class of vehicle. Clean lines, modern surfaces and first-class craftsmanship with soft-feel materials at all touch points contribute to a feeling of elegance and grace.

Infotainment system design:

Equal attention has been paid to the controls and the infotainment interface. The frameless touchscreen of the infotainment system exudes a sophisticated and technical charm. Many functions are controlled via the touchscreen in order to simplify the interface, while three clusters of buttons have been designed to allow quick and intuitive operations: the upper ones for the major functions of the infotainment system, the central ones for climate and heating controls, the lower ones for driver assistant controls. This very clear set-up avoids drivers and passengers having to dive into sub-menus on the touchscreen to find the most essential functions.

NEXT-GENERATION COMMODORE KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

Cutting-edge driver assistance systems and technology:
Autonomous Emergency Braking
Adaptive Cruise Control
Speed Limit Cruise Control
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keep Assist
Forward Collision Alert
Side Blind-Zone Alert
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
360-degree Camera
Next-generation comfort and convenience technologies:
Massage Seats
Rear one-touch folding seats
Heated Front and Rear seats
Ventilated Front seats
Express up/down all windows
Wagon power lift-gate
Active Noise Cancellation
Program overview:

Next-generation Commodore built in Germany on all-new, global E2 architecture shared with Opel Insignia
Lightweight construction methods result in approximately 200kg weight savings compared to current Commodore
Flagship model offers V6 AWD drivetrain with Holden-first 9-speed transmission
V6 engine delivers 230kW / 370Nm while being incredibly efficient thanks to Stop-Start technology and Active Fuel Management
2.0T petrol and 2.0T diesel front-wheel drive models also coming to Australia
Liftback and Sportwagon body-styles
Cutting-edge, adaptive all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring and twin-clutch (‘Twinster’) rear differential system
Adaptive ‘Flexride’ suspension system offers three settings: ‘Tour’, ‘Standard’ and ‘Sport’
Next-generation matrix lighting system
Infotainment includes:
Apple Car Play and Android Auto
8-inch configurable LCD instrument display,
next-gen head-up display
Additional details and information to be confirmed closer to launch.

 

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