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2018 Holden Commodore Sportwagon revealed

The 2018 Holden Commodore Sportwagon has been revealed promising to be “spacious, refined and offers exemplary safety, just as a flagship Holden should”.

HOLDEN HAS REVEALED the 2018 Commodore Sportwagon which the company said, in a statement released today, offered space and sophistication “in equal measure”. Last week Holden revealed the last ever locally produced Commodore line-up.

The Opel Insignia Sports Tourer based Commodore Sportwagon runs the same engine line-up as its sedan equivalent, with both petrol and diesel engines offered alongside the flagship V6 which makes 230kW and 370Nm of torque, all-wheel drive and a nine-speed automatic transmission. Depending on the powertrain and trim, this new Sportwagon can be up to 200kg lighter than the current Commodore.

2018 Holden Commodore Sportwagon revealed

The new Sportwagon will boast rear-seat down space of 1640 litres with an automatic tail-gate that will open or close via a ‘kick’ under the rear bumper. To show you exactly where to ‘kick’ a silhouette of the car is projected onto the ground. the height of the opening can be programmed, in case the car is in a garage. The tailgate can still be opened by a switch on the driver’s side of the car, a button at the rear or via the key’s remote control. The Sportwagon can be cost-optioned with 40:20:40 rear seats that can be folded via a button in the boot.

In terms of safety, the new Commodore is being billed as the safest yet, offering:

  • Head-up-Display: Information on speed, traffic signs, set speed of speed limiter or navigation direction is projected onto the windshield and in the driver’s direct line of sight; 

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), which measures the distance to the vehicle in front and adapts the speed accordingly. ACC will initiate automatic emergency braking if the distance decreases abruptly;

  • Lane Keep Assist with automated steering correction and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Provides gentle steering wheel movements (and LDW alerts if necessary) if a driver unintentionally drifts out of their lane; and
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The system uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect objects coming from up to 20m at 90-degrees from the left or right side behind the vehicle.

The new Holden Commodore Sportwagon will be shown in Opel guise at the Geneva Motor Show next month, and will go on-sale in Australia in 2018.

Question: We might gnash our teeth at the loss of local manufacturing, but do you think the new Commodore is shaping up to be the best yet?


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Squeaky_1
Squeaky_1
3 years ago

Is a potential Commodore owner going to buy a thing at looks for all the world like a Mazda 6 and the same size as the Mazda? Nice enough looking device but surely better to be honest, as in the Aussie tradition, and to call it an Insignia and pitch it against the Mazda methinks.

Azmodan
Azmodan
3 years ago
Reply to  Squeaky_1

Let me see, similar size and weight to the Mazda, but the potential of a 230kW V6 vs the average 138kW 2.5l in the Mazda. I know which one I’d buy in a heartbeat. Maybe if Mazda rediscovered a pulse and brought back the the MPS it would be viable.

Squeaky_1
Squeaky_1
3 years ago
Reply to  Azmodan

Hahahaha! Yep, I can’t argue with that Azmodan! The Japanese and Koreans, generally, really need a bit more pizazz in their cars and SUV-truck-things in the GO department. I suppose I was referring more to the ‘look’ and size of the cars, a factor upon which I think most buying decisions will rest.. Only the enthusiast will investigate power and acceleration, in the main.

RWD
RWD
3 years ago
Reply to  Squeaky_1

It will depend at what price Holden can bring them in at. If the V6 is roughly the same price as a current Commodore, with the lower spec ones more in the Camry price range then they’ll do well, although I can’t see how they’ll hit that price point.

If the price ends up starting at $50k, then I’m not sure it’s going to go so well.

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober