Holden teases ‘new’ Commodore – promises local tune
Holden has released camouflaged images of the ‘next-generation’ Holden Commodore testing at Lang Lang in Melbourne.
BILLED AS THE next-generation Commodore, the re-badged Opel Insignia has nothing to do with the outgoing Commodore other than the name and that it will continue with a V6 engine. Indeed, the flagship Commodore when it’s launched here early in 2018 will get a V6 producing 230kW and 370Nm of torque.
“The first ever imported Commodore will honour the legendary nameplate by being the most technologically-advanced Holden ever,” Holden said. The new engine will be mated to a nine-speed automatic and the Commodore will be available with all-wheel drive. Smaller 2.0L petrol and diesel engines will also be available on new Commodore which will offer liftback and wagon body styles.
While the base vehicle is an Opel Insignia, Holden said its engineers had had a hand in local tuning.
“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 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.
“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,” Tassone said.
Question: Should Holden have kept the Commodore name for its import?