Holden Com­modore Tourer

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has an­nounced a third vari­ant for the 2018 NG Com­modore range, which goes on sale early next year. A light off-road­ing Tourer ver­sion built around the wagon body, with raised ground clear­ance and mode-se­lectable all-wheeldrive will be of­fered along­side the Com­modore sedan and Sport­wagon.

An ex­tra 20mm of ground clear­ance with a skid plate and pro­tec­tive body cladding form the ba­sis of a Tourer, which re­calls the VZ Com­modore-based early noughties Holden Ad­ven­tra cross­over.

The AWD sys­tem, which can send a high pro­por­tion of drive to in­di­vid­ual wheels, pro­vides driver se­lectable modes, in­clud­ing a ‘sports’ set­ting that also in­tro­duces spe­cific steer­ing and trans­mis­sion cal­i­bra­tions.

The model should give Holden an ace in an SUV-fo­cussed mar­ket, along­side the tra­di­tional sedan and wagon vari­ants.

Mean­while, as the Com­modore’s Opel In­signia ba­sis hits Euro­pean roads, lo­cal devel­op­ment of the Aus­tralian mar­ket-only V6 AWD and 2.0-litre turbo Com­modore con­tin­ues, Holden’s en­gi­neers hav­ing cov­ered 30,000km to date.

“We re­cently put the Aus­tralian tuned V6 all-wheel-drive and 2.0-litre turbo Com­modores to test on Vic­to­ria’s chal­leng­ing alpine roads,” Holden’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of en­gi­neer­ing, Brett Vi­vian said. “We have been work­ing to tune to the spe­cific tastes of Aussie buy­ers who like re­spon­sive steer­ing and sporty sus­pen­sion, yet com­posed ride qual­ity when cruis­ing. Th­ese are the hall­marks of Com­modore and we are go­ing to de­liver again with the next-gen car.”

As well as on th­ese chal­leng­ing high coun­try roads, which form part of Holden’s en­gi­neer­ing devel­op­ment and val­i­da­tion ‘rides’ for each new model, the new Com­modore has cov­ered count­less kilo­me­tres at the brand’s Lang Lang prov­ing ground in Vic­to­ria.

In re­lated news, Holden says it has started re­cruit­ing en­gi­neers and driv­e­train cal­i­bra­tion spe­cial­ists to work at its Lang Lang prov­ing ground on fu­ture Cadil­lac and Buick-badged prod­ucts. This rep­re­sents the next step in the ex­pan­sion of Gen­eral Mo­tors’ en­gi­neer­ing and devel­op­ment foothold in Aus­tralia, fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment in Oc­to­ber last year that the prov­ing ground would re­ceive an ex­tra $8.7 mil­lion from its US par­ent to up­grade its emis­sions labs.

Mean­time, Holden out­sold Ford by only two units in April 2017. Holden sold 5804 ve­hi­cles na­tion­ally for the month, com­pared with Ford’s 5802. Both brands’ sales were down sharply on the same month last year, with Ford fall­ing more than 15 per­cent and Holden 13.5 per­cent. The pair sat fourth and fifth re­spec­tively on sales charts in April, be­hind mar­ket leader Toy­ota, Mazda and Hyundai.

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