Australia Welcomes Its Insignia-Based 2018 Holden Commodore NG

After getting our first look at the all-new Opel Insignia, the Australian bound version of the car has been revealed, taking the shape of the 2018 Holden Commodore.

For the first time in the Commodore’s history, it won’t be built in Australia and will essentially be a rebadged version of an international model from General Motors. Nevertheless, it promises to take off from where the VFII-generation model left us and brings with it a number of exciting new technologies and powertrains.

Perhaps of most significance will be the inclusion of 2.0-liter petrol and diesel four-cylinder engines to the range, replacing the current six-cylinder as the entry-level engine. Specific power outputs for the 2.0-liter powertrains haven’t been released but we know both will be coupled exclusively to a 9-speed automatic transmission powering the front wheels.

Continuing the trend of downsizing will be a new 3.6-liter V6 pumping out 230 kW (308 hp) and 370 Nm (272 lb-ft) of torque coupled with an all-wheel drive system.

Although enthusiasts may be upset with the abandonment of the V8, they’ll be pleased to hear that thanks to the 2018 Commodore’s use of the E2 global architecture from GM, it will be between 200 kg (441 pounds) and 300 kg (661 pounds) lighter than the outgoing model.

Other key features of the new Commodore include the availability of LED matrix headlights, one-touch folding rear seats, heated and massage front and rear seats and active noise cancellation inside. There’s also autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, a 360-degree camera, forward collision alert, speed limit cruise control and adaptive cruise control. Additionally, continuously adaptable hydraulic dampers promise excellent ride comfort.

More details about the 2018 Commodore are expected to be announced early next year.

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