Anyone for LaCrosse?
replacement plan for the Holden Commodore is going to run to more than just a re-badged Opel Insignia out of Germany.
Details have emerged from the USA that link the all-new Buick LaCrosse to the Commodore plan, thanks to the platform-sharing program across General Motors.
The LaCrosse was unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show in November and, even though Holden’s design group at Fishermans Bend was not involved in the project, it shows the sort of masculine design work that should go down well Do it. Just do it now. That’s the message if you’re remotely considering one of the very last Holden Commodore V8s.
The updated and upgraded SS V is a ripper beastie that taps and satisfies all the demands of 50-something buyers, who like to hark back to the glory days of Bathurst, and want something special.
The engine is enough, with 304 kiloWatts and 570 Newton-metres from the 6.2-litre LS3 snitched from the Chevrolet Corvette. It’s a thumping beastie at idle that howls all the way to the redline. But the best thing about the VFII package is the added equipment and refinement. The car crushes bumps, has a new-age heads-up display and is great for family motoring.
Design work on the car was limited by the GM bankruptcy, which means the cabin is showing its age and there are only some minor tack-ons and tweaks to the body, but it’s enough. And good enough to satisfy Commodore shoppers.
As I drove the SS V, I was bombarded by questions and best wishes. Even Falcon people like the heavyweight Commodore.
For less than $60,000 it’s a bargain, which is why close to two-thirds of VFII deliveries are now being supplied with the V8 engine. in Holden showrooms here.
GM executives have refused to confirm the Commodore connection but did admit that the Buick shares key components with the car that will take over from the homegrown Holden in 2018. The car’s basic architecture will also roll under an all-new Insignia, which should be ready for action once Holden’s factory in Adelaide closes its doors in late 2017.
It’s the E2XX package that’s been developed with front-wheel drive, and optional all-wheel drive, with dimensions for the LaCrosse that place the car between the current Commodore and Statesman.
Holden engineers have been working on the Commodore replacement plan for more than two years, based at Russelsheim in Germany, where Opel carries out its advanced engineering and development work. But, as yet, there is no confirmation.
“The Buick LaCrosse is a stunning vehicle. However, Holden have no future product announcements to make in relation to this latest reveal,” maintains Holden spokeswoman, Kate Lonsdale.