High tech revealed for next Holden Commodore
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.