New Holden Commodore set to have 2018 launch in Australia

Article by Christian A., on November 1, 2016

Opel will soon send the next-generation Opel Insignia to the Land Down Under complete with a Holden badge and a new and beefier V6 engine to serve as its range topper.

Australians will be expecting the all-new Holden Commodore (the Aussie version of the next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Insignia) by early 2018 complete with its 3.6-liter V6 engine. It will be gracing the Australian outback with 308 horsepower (230 kW) and 273 lb.-ft. (370 Nm) of torque via its all-wheel drive setup with torque vectoring and nine-speed automatic transmission, a first for Holden.

The new Commodore is expected to lose weight – that is, a good 200 to 300 kilograms (440 to 661 pounds). However, with its new platform, the new Commodore will be shifting to a standard front-wheel drive setup. Also, lower versions of the Commodore will be made available complete with a front-wheel drive, turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline and diesel engine.

There are also plans of offering a liftback and wagon version of the new Commodore, both to have optional accessories such as an adaptive suspension, matrix LED headlights, and a head-up display. Moreover, the latest infotainment system with eight-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration support will also be installed into the vehicle. We’ll see how this goes in the next few months of development.

The European version on the other hand, will be officially called the “Insignia Grand Sport” and will soon make its official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The car has been designed to be on diet thus a reduction of 175 kilos (385 lbs); the prototype which Autocar was able to test drive weighed an estimated 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs). New Insignia Grand Sport will be 55 mm (2.1 inches) longer than the outgoing model. Its wheelbase has also been stretched to a considerable amount of 92 mm (3.6 inches) which means that there will be enough legroom for backseat passengers and enough storage room (thanks to a larger trunk) for all body styles.

The Opel and Vauxhall badged European models will be bidding goodbye to its good old 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engine and will be welcoming a bigger 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline unit. The new engine is rated to produce power of 163 horsepower (121 kW) and 184 lb.-ft. (249 Nm) of torque. This output comes courtesy of its six-speed manual transmission. This hardware will enable the midsized Insignia Grand Sport to reach an estimated acceleration time of 8.5 seconds from 0 to 62 mph (100 kph) and an estimated top speed of 130 mph (209 kph).

For those who opt for a faster version, a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine will be offered with an output of 247 horsepower (184 kW) and will come with an all-wheel drive, eight-speed automatic transmission. There is a limited knowledge on the diesel version but what we know is that it might come with at least 110 horsepower. Also, a new beefy biturbodiesel model is rumored to make its appearance.

It’s all getting very interesting for Opel, increasing the anticipation of fans for all of its new goodies. The new Insignia will make its first impression online in December through Opel’s official website and is expected to go on sale across Europe by early 2017.

Press Release

Next-Generation Holden Commodore Is Coming

Holden has today revealed first details of the all-new, next-generation Commodore ahead of its Australian launch in early 2018.

Australia’s first look under the bonnet of the cutting-edge new Commodore reveals a car that will set new benchmarks in its segment for technology, style, practicality and driving dynamics.

Headlined by the V6 flagship model, the first ever imported Commodore will honour the legendary 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 is set to cement the iconic nameplate’s reputation for class-leading driving dynamics and on-road refinement.

Based on General Motor’s new ‘E2’ global architecture, engineered in Germany and shared with the Opel Insignia, the new Commodore has also been co-developed under the expert and watchful eye of Holden’s Australian engineers to ensure the all-new Commodore continues a four-decade tradition of setting new benchmarks.

“Holden has been engaged in this program from the outset to ensure the next-generation Commodore lives up to its legendary nameplate,” said Jeremy Tassone, Holden’s Engineering Group Manager for Vehicle Development.

“We know the first imported Commodore will come under a lot of scrutiny and we know we have a lot to live up to – this car delivers in spades”

“Although we are remain in the early stages of the Holden development process, this is an absolutely world-class car. We’ve taken a precision-engineered German car and endowed it with Holden DNA. It drives like a Commodore should.

“We’ve had our Holden engineers engaged in this global program from the outset and we’re continuing to do extensive tuning and development, racking up thousands of kilometers, at our Lang Lang proving ground in Victoria to ensure it’s got that Holden magic.

“Of course, it helps that the underlying platform is absolutely world class! This global vehicle program, led by Opel in Germany, has produced a phenomenal base for us to work from. The genuinely cutting-edge all-wheel-drive system using active torque vectoring provides incredible traction and handling finesse. The key is what is dubbed the ‘Twinster’ rear drive module. Essentially, the traditional rear differential has been replaced with two individual clutches that not only save weight and improve packaging but provides virtually instantaneous active distribution of torque to the required wheel.

“The overall system monitors inputs from vehicle sensors 100 times per second and constantly adjusts accordingly, it’s extraordinary.”

The V6 engine with the all-wheel-drive system is a combination that the Holden team drove into the global vehicle program because we know our customers and this performance option is important to them. While it may not be built here, we’ll deliver a Commodore that our customers will love in 2018,” said Mr Tassone.

Commodore’s evolution reflects the transformation of the Holden brand and company as it moves to full-line importer of vehicles. But just like Commodore, Holden will remain a powerhouse of the industry and of the local motoring landscape.

“The next-generation Commodore will reset benchmarks in its class, as has every Commodore since 1978,” said Holden’s Executive Director of Sales, Peter Keley.

“What Commodore will also continue to do is carry the family in space and comfort. Commodore will also race in Supercars from 2018 and continue to be on the road as police cars.

“This next-generation vehicle is changing and bringing incredible technology and refinement with it but will continue to offer customers that quintessential Commodore experience they have loved for nearly four decades.

“With the first-ever imported Commodore, we’re delivering our customers an absolutely world-beating vehicle, with the space, practicality, technology and driving pleasure that Commodore has always provided. This is a different kind of Commodore to what has come before but lives up to the nameplate in every respect and will carry our heritage with pride.”

NEXT-GENERATION COMMODORE KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

Next-generation Commodore built in Germany on all-new, global E2 architecture shared with Opel Insignia
Lightweight construction methods result in 200kg - 300kg 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 suspension
Next-generation matrix lighting system
Infotainment includes:
Apple Car Play and Android Auto
8-inch configurable LCD instrument display,
next-gen head-up display
Pricing, specification, full details of driver, safety and additional infotainment technology to be confirmed closer to launch

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