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