Today Holden has officially revealed preliminary information about the 2018 Holden Commodore. The new Commodore will serve as the first Commodore to be imported to Australia because General Motors is ending all local manufacturing in Australia later in 2017.
In addition to ending local production of the Australian icon, this Commodore will also be the first to be based on a front-wheel drive architecture. So the 2018 Commodore has a lot to live up to and a lot of broken hearts to attempt to mend – Holden says the car is up to the task.
Based on the all-new Opel Insignia, the new Commodore will be imported to Australia from Germany. Holden has also detailed some of the powertrain information, including a range-topping V-6 model with a twin-clutch all-wheel drive system. The V-6 will also be mated to GM’s new nine-speed automatic transmission, a first for the Holden brand.
In addition to the V-6 (230 kW / 270 Nm), the Commodore will also offer GM’s 2.0-liter turbocharged gas engine and a 2.0-liter diesel offering. Details of those engines were not released.
Like all recent GM products, the new Insignia (thus Commodore) is expected to lose weight with the new model. The lighter chassis will be riding on an all-new adaptive suspension system. Sportback and Sportwagon body styles will also be offered in the Commodore range.
Given the car is based on an Opel product, it also comes as no surprise that the new Commodore will be packed with technology. Holden has already promised an eight-inch infotainment display with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Additionally, Holden says the Commodore will have matrix LED lighting and next-generation heads-up display.
So will the first-ever imported Commodore warm the hearts of Australian buyers? It’s tough to say, because an Opel Insignia is sure no Zeta-based Commodore. Times are a’ changing and Holden sure acts like they’re trying to make the best of it with the beginnings of a fairly compelling replacement.