Less than three months remain before Opel and Vauxhall unveil the new Insignia Grand Sport – the second generation of the Insignia – to the global public at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show in March 2017. The new Opel/Vauxhall Insignia Grand Sport will have other versions as the Buick Regal (North America) and the Holden Commodore (Australia).
In the Land Down Under, the Holden Commodore has a utility (ute) version, which is basically a Commodore transformed into a coupe-like pickup. However, Holden has decided to stop production of the Commodore in Australia. Instead, Holden will import the Opel Insignia Grand Sport and rebadge it as the Commodore. Because of this, Holden practically killed off the ute version of the Commodore. This means, that for the next generation of the Commodore, the ute will no longer be available.
Perhaps knowing that the new generation of the Holden Commodore won’t have an ute anymore, a certain rendering artist named Theophilus Chin created his own – albeit through visual graphics. Chin’s eagerness to see an ute version of the Commodore and the frustration that it won’t be available anymore could be why he made an effort to imagine and render an ute version for the Australian auto market.
The result of his rendering work? Well, it still looks like the upcoming Commodore, a.k.a. Insignia Grand Sport but sans the rear seats, the rear side doors and the rear cargo compartment. Chin didn’t change the front end of the Insignia Grand Sport up to the B pillar. Everything from there has been retained.
However, Chin trimmed the rear half and replaced it with a side-protected integrated cargo trey. It looks like a pickup truck, but is lower and sleeker. While the cargo tray on a pickup truck is not integrated with the passenger body, the opposite is true with an ute. On Chin’s rendering of the Commodore ute, the cargo tray is protected by a black material.
Chin’s work should provide us a perspective of what the new 2018 Holden Commodore ute could have looked like. The end of the ute version isn’t expected to result to smaller sales of the Commodore in Australia. After all, it looks more elegant and more sophisticated both inside and out. On the exterior, the new Insignia Grand Sport (as Commodore) features a lower, wide yet stylish grille flanked by slim-line headlights while the rear end dons a double LED wing signature with the wide rear lamps. Inside, the new Insignia Grand Sport comes with leather on the upper part of the dashboard as well as premium ergonomic front seats with massage, memory and ventilation functions.
Further details of the new Insignia Grand Sport/Regal/Commodore will be furnished once it is unveiled to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2017.