Any­one for LaCrosse?

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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.

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