Next-gen Commodore in the metal at Geneva
The Geneva motor show provided the first look at the 2018 Holden Commodore in the flesh, in the form of the 2017 Opel Insignia which will go on sale in Europe in the middle of this year. Both the Insignia Grand Sport liftback sedan and Grand Tourer Sportwagon versions were shown, ahead of the Australianised versions being revealed later this year.
Previously released images of the liftback sedan, including the Holden-badged vehicle shown in AMC #91, were GM-supplied com-gens.
“We’re excited to finally be able to show what is a truly global vehicle to media and customers over the course of the Geneva motor show and we’re more than confident everybody will love it,” said GM Australia design director Richard Ferlazzo.
“We’ve been in discussions with Mark [Adams’ – Opel design boss] Opel team for a long time and have made sure the Commodore DNA is strong in the car with an athletic stance, muscular flowing lines and a strong road presence all hinting at the exceptional drive experience and high-tech features,” said Ferlazzo.
“Commodore influence is also strong for the interior ensuring the vehicle boasts luxury design and materials combined with impressive occupant space and luggage capacity, enough for the whole family space.”
The Insignia, as the nextgeneration Holden Commodore, will go on sale in Australia in February 2018. As we have previously reported, there will not be a rear-wheel drive or a V8 version. A twin-turbo V6 initially expected to form the basis for an SS Commodore and HSV models will not be offered either – not for the first generation version, at least.
The German-built next-gen Commodore will instead major on advanced safety and driver assistance technology such as autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control, and convenience and luxury features such as heated and ventilated massage seats, and a power-operated tailgate for the wagon.
A 230kW 3.0-litre petrol V6 with fuel-saving