Top tech to fea­ture in new wagon

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

Holden has re­leased de­tails of the NG Com­modore sta­tion wagon (Sport­wagon in Holden terms), telling us it will be spa­cious, re­fined and of­fer ex­em­plary safety.

The up­com­ing Holden Sport­wagon will have its world pre­miere in Opel guise at the Geneva Mo­tor Show next month and will go on sale in Aus­tralia at a date yet to be an­nounced in 2018.

Hope­fully that will be sooner rather than later, as the Holden Aus­tralian fac­to­ries are clos­ing their doors in late Oc­to­ber this year.

The NG (Next-Gen­er­a­tion) Holden Sport­wagon will be the most ad­vanced Holden ever, with tech­nol­ogy like au­tonomous emer­gency brak­ing, adaptive sus­pen­sion, adaptive cruise con­trol and ma­trix light­ing.

Not all items will be stan­dard in ev­ery NG — Holden will re­lease de­tails on this closer to launch time.

Well aware that buy­ers are lean­ing to­wards SUVs in­stead of sta­tion wag­ons, GM Opel and GM Holden stylists have re­mained close to the shape of the Opel Monza con­cept.

It has a stand­out grille framed by sculpted head­lights.

The sig­na­ture “blade” styling starts in the front doors and sweeps to­wards the rear.

The sil­ver roof rails also help stretch the car vis­ually.

The rear end looks par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive, be­ing sleek with­out too much loss in load space. The wagon on which Com­modore is based, the up­com­ing Opel In­signia Sports Tourer, is up to 200kg lighter than the cur­rent Com­modore, de­pend­ing on pow­er­train and trim.

It’s also slightly smaller than the out­go­ing Com­modore wagon, but has sim­i­lar legroom and head­room, though in­te­rior width is slightly less.

The all-new Com­modore Sport­wagon is a big ve­hi­cle with up to 1640 litres of boot vol­ume. In or­der to make load­ing as easy as pos­si­ble when you have your arms full, the tail­gate can be opened and closed with a kick­ing mo­tion un­der the rear bumper.

Let’s hope the GM peo­ple have their sys­tem bet­ter sorted than other mak­ers, whose “kick” fea­ture can be a bit hit-and-miss at times.

Driv­e­train line-up is the same as in the Com­modore five-door hatch­back, with four-cylin­der turbo-petrol and turbo-diesel op­tions.

It comes as no sur­prise that the big em­pha­sis on the ini­tial me­dia in­for­ma­tion is on the sport­ing Com­modore flag­ship model.

It will come with a 3.6-litre V6 en­gine putting out 230 kilo­watts of power and 370 New­ton me­tres of torque through a nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion to an all­wheel-drive sys­tem.

Adaptive sus­pen­sion tech­nol­ogy and torque-vec­tor­ing will fur­ther add to its dy­namic abil­ity.

En­gi­neered in Ger­many and to be sold in other mar­kets as the Opel In­signia, the new Holden Com­modore has a sig­nif­i­cant amount of Aus­tralian en­gi­neer­ing in­put. Holden tells us it will have a world-first “Twin­ster” all-wheel drive sys­tem, and a nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Driver as­sis­tance sys­tems in­clude a head-up-dis­play, with in­for­ma­tion on speed, traf­fic signs, set speed of speed lim­iter, or nav­i­ga­tion di­rec­tion pro­jected onto the wind­shield.

There is adaptive Cruise Con­trol, Lane Keep As­sist with au­to­mated steer­ing cor­rec­tion, and Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing.

The lat­ter gives gen­tle steer­ing wheel move­ments (and LDW alerts if nec­es­sary) to help save lives of the ever-in­creas­ing num­ber of driv­ers who are spend­ing more time look­ing at mes­sages on screens than on the road ahead.

Rear Cross Traf­fic Alert uses radar sen­sors in the rear bumper to de­tect ob­jects com­ing from up to 20m at 90 de­grees from the left or right side be­hind the ve­hi­cle.

This is an ex­cel­lent safety de­vice when re­vers­ing out of a park­ing spot with lim­ited vis­i­bil­ity.

Holden tells us it will have a world-first “Twin­ster” all-wheel-drive sys­tem, and a nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Pic­tures: Mar­que Mo­tor­ing

The Holden Sport­wagon will have its world pre­miere in Opel guise at the Geneva Mo­tor Show next month.

Driver-as­sis­tance sys­tems in­clude a head-up dis­play, with in­for­ma­tion on speed and traf­fic signs.

The rear is sleek.

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