Holden shows off new Commodore

It might be more than a year away, but Holden has revealed first details of the all-new, next-generation Commodore ahead of its Australian launch in early 2018.

Based on General Motor’s new E2 global architecture, engineered in Germany and shared with the Opel Insignia, the new Commodore has been co-developed with input from Holden’s Australian engineers.

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

“We’ve taken a precision-engineered German car and endowed it with Holden DNA. It drives like a Commodore should.

“We’re continuing to do extensive tuning and development, racking up thousands of kilometres at our Lang Lang proving ground in Victoria to ensure it’s got that Holden magic.

“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 (AWD) system using active torque vectoring (on the flagship V6 model) 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 provide 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.

“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 the local motoring landscape.”

Key highlights:

  • Built in Germany on all-new, global E2 architecture shared with Opel Insignia.
  • Lightweight construction methods result in 200-300kg weight savings compared to current Commodore.
  • Flagship model offers adaptive all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring and twin-clutch (‘Twinster’) rear differential system, V6 engine and Holden-first nine-speed transmission.
  • V6 engine delivers 230kW/370Nm with Stop-Start technology and Active Fuel Management.
  • 2.0 turbo petrol and 2.0 turbo diesel front-wheel drive (FWD) models also coming to Australia.
  • Liftback and Sportwagon body styles.
  • Adaptive suspension.
  • Next-generation matrix lighting system.
  • Infotainment includes:
    • Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
    • Eight-inch configurable LCD instrument display.
    • Next-gen head-up display.

Pricing, specification, and full details of driver, safety and additional infotainment technology to be confirmed closer to launch.