HOLDEN LOOKS AHEAD

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Drive Way -

IT will ar­rive in Aus­tralia in 2018, but Holden has re­vealed de­tails of its next gen­er­a­tion Com­modore, which it says is the most ad­vanced ever and comes with a lot of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy.

Fea­tures of the Hold­en­badged Opel in­clude au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing, adap­tive sus­pen­sion, 360de­gree cam­era, adap­tive cruise con­trol and ma­trix light­ing.

The V6 flag­ship has 230kW and 370Nm, a world-first ‘Twin­ster’ all-wheel drive sys­tem and 9-speed transmission.

“The all-new 2018 Com­modore re­de­fines the level of tech­nol­ogy peo­ple can ex­pect,” Holden’s Peter Ke­ley said.

“Oc­cu­pants will be safer, more in­volved and more con­nected than ever be­fore.

“We’re tak­ing the best of Europe and mak­ing it even bet­ter for Aus­tralians.”

In ad­di­tion to the all-wheeldrive sys­tem, the car will have a con­tin­u­ously adapt­able FlexRide chas­sis, which elec­tro-hy­drauli­cally adapts the dampers to the road and the driv­ing con­di­tions.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the driver can save per­sonal pref­er­ences for the steer­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics, throt­tle re­sponse and dampers via the ‘Sport’ but­ton.

The de­sign, cre­ated by the Opel De­sign team in Ger­many, shows a promi­nent grille and the slim-line head­lights, side win­dows with an up­per chrome strip and a coupe-like roofline.

A drag fac­tor of 0.26 makes it one of the most aero­dy­namic ve­hi­cles in its class.

The cock­pit is ori­en­tated to the driver for a sportier feel­ing and the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem’s many func­tions are con­trolled via the touch­screen.

Three clus­ters of but­tons al­low quick and intuitive op­er­a­tions: the up­per ones for the ma­jor func­tions of the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, the cen­tral ones for cli­mate and heat­ing con­trols, and the lower ones for driver as­sis­tant con­trols.

This very clear set-up avoids driv­ers and pas­sen­gers hav­ing to dive into sub-menus on the touch­screen to find the most es­sen­tial func­tions.

The 2.0T petrol and 2.0T diesel front-wheel drive mod­els will also be com­ing to Aus­tralia in both Lift­back and Sport­wagon body-styles.

A first-look at Holden's 2018 Com­modore.

This rare Auburn Phaeton was sold for $104,000 at Shan­nons’ Mel­bourne Show­room re­cently.

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