High tech re­vealed for next Holden Com­modore

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Holden has re­vealed first im­ages and more de­tails of the all-new Com­modore which takes cut­tingedge safety, driv­ing and in­fo­tain­ment technology to the next level. The new car is due for launch next year.

De­signed in Ger­many by the Opel team with in­put from GM Holden’s team, the new Com­modore takes the best of Europe and makes it great for Aus­tralia and New Zealand.

Build­ing on in­for­ma­tion re­leased re­cently re­gard­ing the next-gen­er­a­tion Com­modore, Holden has con­firmed a raft of pre­mium tech­nolo­gies will make Com­modore the most tech­no­log­i­callyad­vanced Holden yet, from po­ten­tially life-sav­ing safety technology fea­tures to ac­tive driv­ing technology and seam­less in­fo­tain­ment.

“Cus­tomers are ex­pect­ing more of their ve­hi­cles than ever be­fore,” says Peter Ke­ley, for­mer Holden NZ man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, and now Holden’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of sales.

“The all-new 2018 Com­modore re­de­fines the level of technology peo­ple can ex­pect, and how tech can help our cus­tomers be safer, more in­volved and more con­nected than ever be­fore. The Com­modore com­bines technology across a num­ber of ar­eas in a way that you would usu­ally only find in high-end pres­tige ve­hi­cles.”

The new Com­modore range will be head­lined by the V6 flag­ship model, the first ever im­ported Com­modore will hon­our the iconic name­plate by be­ing the most tech­no­log­i­callyad­vanced Holden yet.

It has cut­ting-edge all-wheel-drive sys­tem chan­nelling 230kW and 370Nm to the road, com­bined with adap­tive sus­pen­sion technology, a com­pany-first nine-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, and torque-vec­tor­ing all-wheel drive.

In ad­di­tion to the Com­modore’s unique all-wheel-drive sys­tem, fur­ther de­tails sur­round­ing the FlexRide sus­pen­sion sys­tem have also been con­firmed. The con­tin­u­ously adapt­able FlexRide chas­sis elec­tro­hy­drauli­cally adapts the dampers to the road and the driv­ing con­di­tions 500 times per sec­ond or 30,000 times per minute.

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

The au­to­matic con­trol se­lects the best set-up based on the in­for­ma­tion col­lected by the ve­hi­cle sen­sors. Com­fort­able chas­sis con­fig­u­ra­tion, and throt­tle re­sponse for best fuel con­sump­tion and most re­laxed tour­ing. The right mode for re­lax­ing long-dis­tance drives.

Brake dive is re­duced, flat and re­spon­sive chas­sis con­trol at high speeds and the throt­tle and steer­ing pro­vide more di­rect feed­back.

The new cen­tral Drive Mode Con­trol soft­ware is the heart and soul of the adap­tive chas­sis. It con­tin­u­ously analy­ses the in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the sen­sors and set­ting and recog­nises the in­di­vid­ual driv­ing style. The in­di­vid­ual sys­tems are then op­ti­mised for the best trac­tion and road po­si­tion.

The de­sign of the next Com­modore is based on the Monza Con­cept car, cre­ated by the Opel De­sign team in Ger­many, with a prom­i­nent front grille and slim-line head­lamps.

The new Com­modore is as sleek as it looks: it has a very low drag fac­tor of 0.26, mak­ing it one of the most aero­dy­namic ve­hi­cles in its class.

At the rear, clear and simple lines com­bined with the slim, pre­cise dou­ble-wing LED sig­na­ture give the car a wider ap­pear­ance, with a newly de­signed cen­tre high-mounted LED stop lamp in­te­grated into the roofline.

The cock­pit is ori­en­tated to the driver for a sportier feel­ing, with a gen­er­ous cen­tre con­sole, clean lines, mod­ern sur­faces and first-class crafts­man­ship with soft-feel ma­te­ri­als at all touch points.

Equal at­ten­tion has been paid to the con­trols and the in­fo­tain­ment in­ter­face. The frame­less touch­screen of the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem ex­udes a so­phis­ti­cated and tech­ni­cal charm.

Many func­tions are con­trolled via the touch­screen in or­der to sim­plify the in­ter­face, while three clus­ters of but­tons have been de­signed to al­low quick and in­tu­itive op­er­a­tions: the up­per ones for the ma­jor func­tions of the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem, the cen­tral ones for cli­mate and heat­ing con­trols, 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. Key technology: Au­ton­o­mous emer­gency brak­ing. Adap­tive cruise con­trol. Speed limit cruise con­trol. Lane de­par­ture warn­ing. Lane keep as­sist. For­ward col­li­sion alert. Side blind-zone alert. Rear cross-traf­fic alert. 360-de­gree cam­era. Mas­sage Seats. Rear one-touch fold­ing seats. Heated front and rear seats. Ven­ti­lated Front seats. Ex­press up/down all win­dows. Wagon power lift-gate. Ac­tive noise can­cel­la­tion. Ap­ple Car Play and An­droid Auto. Eight-inch con­fig­urable LCD in­stru­ment dis­pla. Next-gen head-up dis­play. Two-litre tur­bocharged petrol and diesel mod­els with front-wheel-drive will also be avail­able, in Lift­back and Sport­wagon body styles – but there won’t be a four-door sedan. Cut­ting-edge, adap­tive all-wheeldrive sys­tem with torque vec­tor­ing and twin-clutch (‘Twin­ster’) rear dif­fer­en­tial sys­tem. Adap­tive ‘Flexride’ sus­pen­sion sys­tem of­fers three set­tings: ‘Tour’, ‘Stan­dard’ and ‘Sport’. Next-gen­er­a­tion ma­trix light­ing sys­tem. Ad­di­tional de­tails and in­for­ma­tion to be con­firmed closer to launch.

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