Next-gen Com­modore in the metal at Geneva

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The Geneva mo­tor show pro­vided the first look at the 2018 Holden Com­modore in the flesh, in the form of the 2017 Opel In­signia which will go on sale in Europe in the mid­dle of this year. Both the In­signia Grand Sport lift­back sedan and Grand Tourer Sport­wagon ver­sions were shown, ahead of the Aus­tralianised ver­sions be­ing re­vealed later this year.

Pre­vi­ously re­leased images of the lift­back sedan, in­clud­ing the Holden-badged ve­hi­cle shown in AMC #91, were GM-sup­plied com-gens.

“We’re ex­cited to fi­nally be able to show what is a truly global ve­hi­cle to me­dia and cus­tomers over the course of the Geneva mo­tor show and we’re more than con­fi­dent ev­ery­body will love it,” said GM Aus­tralia de­sign di­rec­tor Richard Fer­lazzo.

“We’ve been in dis­cus­sions with Mark [Adams’ – Opel de­sign boss] Opel team for a long time and have made sure the Com­modore DNA is strong in the car with an ath­letic stance, mus­cu­lar flow­ing lines and a strong road pres­ence all hint­ing at the ex­cep­tional drive ex­pe­ri­ence and high-tech fea­tures,” said Fer­lazzo.

“Com­modore in­flu­ence is also strong for the in­te­rior en­sur­ing the ve­hi­cle boasts lux­ury de­sign and ma­te­ri­als com­bined with im­pres­sive oc­cu­pant space and lug­gage ca­pac­ity, enough for the whole fam­ily space.”

The In­signia, as the nextgen­er­a­tion Holden Com­modore, will go on sale in Aus­tralia in Fe­bru­ary 2018. As we have pre­vi­ously re­ported, there will not be a rear-wheel drive or a V8 ver­sion. A twin-turbo V6 ini­tially ex­pected to form the ba­sis for an SS Com­modore and HSV mod­els will not be of­fered ei­ther – not for the first gen­er­a­tion ver­sion, at least.

The Ger­man-built next-gen Com­modore will in­stead ma­jor on ad­vanced safety and driver as­sis­tance tech­nol­ogy such as au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing and adap­tive cruise con­trol, and con­ve­nience and lux­ury fea­tures such as heated and ven­ti­lated mas­sage seats, and a power-op­er­ated tail­gate for the wagon.

A 230kW 3.0-litre petrol V6 with fuel-sav­ing

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