Holden boss prom­ises stun­ning SUV ar­ray

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - CRUISE CONTROL -

HOLDEN will launch its big­gest at­tack yet on the fam­ily SUV mar­ket with a gi­ant of the US auto in­dus­try head­ing here for the first time.

The GMC Aca­dia – a full­size seven-seat SUV made in North Amer­ica – is com­ing to cap­i­talise on the de­par­ture of the arch ri­val Ford Ter­ri­tory and bridge the gap to lux­ury SUVs, which con­tinue to post record sales.

The Aca­dia is com­ing to Aus­tralia af­ter the Holden fac­tory falls silent in late 2017.

It is one of 24 new im­ported mod­els due to fill Holden show­rooms by 2020.

The Holden badge will re­place the GMC logo on the large chrome grille but the model name is likely to stay.

The Aca­dia (above) will be avail­able with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing pedes­trian de­tec­tion with au­to­matic emer­gency brak­ing, 360-de­gree “bird’s-eye view” cam­eras, lane-keep­ing as­sis­tance, in­tel­li­gent high­beam LED lamps, and for­ward col­li­sion warn­ing.

En­gine op­tions are tipped to be four-cylin­der and V6 petrol and, out­side the US, a diesel.

It will join the line-up above the Cap­tiva, also due for re­place­ment, so the likely start­ing price will be about $45,000 stretch­ing to $60,000 for lux­ury ver­sions.

Along­side the US-sourced Aca­dia, Holden also has re­vealed the all-new As­tra hatch, Ba­rina small car, Trax small SUV and Trail­blazer full­size SUV to rep­re­sent the next wave in Holden’s on­go­ing prod­uct revo­lu­tion, with a par­tic­u­lar fo­cus on SUVs.

Holden chair­man and manag­ing di­rec­tor Mark Bern­hard said Holden would de­liver on its com­mit­ment to de­liver 24 new mod­els by 2020.

“I’m ex­cited to re­veal de­tails around our SUV strat­egy, head­lined by the Aca­dia.

“Along­side Trax, Trail­blazer and an­other global SUV that we’ll add to our port­fo­lio soon, Holden will in­tro­duce four new SUVs by 2018.

“This puts us in a great po­si­tion in the fastest-grow­ing seg­ment of the mar­ket.”

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