Mat­ter of great im­port

The 2018 Com­modore is a re­badged Ger­man hatch­back — and it’s vastly dif­fer­ent from the Holden sta­ple

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AUS­TRALIA, your new Holden Com­modore is al­most ready. These are the first of­fi­cial im­ages of the Ger­man model that will wear the iconic Com­modore badge when it ar­rives in lo­cal show­rooms in 2018.

Ear­lier this week the Com­modore was ac­ci­den­tally laid bare af­ter its sis­ter car was caught on cam­era by a spy pho­tog­ra­pher dur­ing an ad­ver­tis­ing shoot in a busy street in the US. The black sedan and grey wagon wore Opel badges and had Ger­man num­ber­plates but the only dif­fer­ence be­tween these cars and what we will know as a “Com­modore” is the badge.

There is, how­ever, a world of dif­fer­ence be­tween the new Com­modore and the old one.

Gone is the V8 that ac­counts for more than one-third of sales. Com­ing is a choice of four-cylin­der petrol and diesel front-drive power, and a flag­ship V6 all-wheel drive.

Per­for­mance en­thu­si­asts be warned: there is no turbo V6 (the tur­bocharg­ers won’t fit un­der the bon­net ap­par­ently) and Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles is un­likely to fill that per­for­mance void for the same rea­sons.

Where cur­rent Com­modore V8 buy­ers will mi­grate is yet to be seen but chances are it won’t be a Holden show­room.

In­stead, Holden is tar­get­ing fam­i­lies and fleets seek­ing a sedan with the con­ve­nience of a hatch. Un­like any pre­vi­ous Com­modore, the im­port is a five-door hatch­back — just like the Ford Mon­deo it com­petes with in Europe.

The rad­i­cal de­par­ture from a sedan body is de­signed to ap­peal to SUV buy­ers who want flex­i­ble cargo car­ry­ing abil­ity.

To fur­ther broaden its ap­peal — and re­spond to the in­creas­ing pres­ence of lux­ury brands in the mid-size sedan seg­ment — the new Com­modore will be loaded with tech­nol­ogy. Top-end models

2018 Holden Com­modore: Com­puter-gen­er­ated im­ages

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