Car with a lot of dash

Grange up­grade sports a hot dash­board sys­tem, writes Paul Pot­tinger

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

AWICKED new dash­board toy that ri­vals the com­puter read­outs in the Nis­san GT-R is the sig­na­ture item on the VEII up­grade at Holden Spe­cial Ve­hi­cles.

The En­hanced Driver In­ter­face is al­ready con­firmed for the HSV flag­ship, the WM3 Grange, and is ex­pected to be stan­dard across the E3 when full de­tails are re­vealed on Mon­day.

The EDI streams a dizzy­ingly vari­able ar­ray of real-time ve­hi­cle dy­nam­ics and per­for­mance data to a touch screen in the up­per cen­tre con­sole, tak­ing a big step up and be­yond the touch-screen con­sole al­ready fit­ted to Holden’s own VEII Com­modores.

The WM3 up­grade list also in­cludes Side Blind Zone Alert, a bi­modal ex­haust, re­vers­ing cam­eras, day­time run­ning lights and satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion. Power in­creases from 317kW to 325, the fig­ure em­bla­zoned on the Grange’s rear for the first time, and torque re­mains 550Nm.

HSV says the V8 out­put will be un­af­fected by the ma­jor new op­tion for the brand, its $5990 Liq­uid Propane In­jec­tion sys­tem.

But it claims the sys­tem re­duces emis­sions by up to 15 per cent and run­ning costs by up to 50 per cent.

Though the hi-tech sys­tem is el­i­gi­ble for the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s $2000 re­bate on fac­tory-fit­ted LPG sys­tems, the Grange is still sub­ject to a Lux­ury Car Tax hit.

Fi­nal prices will not be con­firmed un­til the full 2011 HSV range is launched on Septem­ber 21, but HSV pre­dicts $900 as the max­i­mum in­crease.

And HSV is con­fi­dent the new Grange will con­tinue to win sales from Euro­pean brands.

HSV’s gen­eral man­ager of sales Dar­ren Bowler says: ‘‘With the com­bi­na­tion of the Grange’s power and new tech­nolo­gies we are con­fi­dent the HSV Grange re­tains its po­si­tion as the ul­ti­mate Aus­tralian-made lux­ury per­for­mance car.

‘‘Our Grange buyer ex­pects the bestap­pointed car in our range, and with this much equip­ment as stan­dard we are sure they won’t be dis­ap­pointed.’’

The WM3 also re­ceives ex­te­rior and in­te­rior re-touches, in­clud­ing a new front and rear de­sign and day­time run­ning lamps to bring the lux­ury flag­ship into line with the rest of the HSV range.

Sexy dash: the WM3Grange’s en­hanced driver in­ter­face streams an ar­ray of real-time ve­hi­cle data.

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