New Holden diesel mod­els de­liver even more options

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Holden has re­leased de­tails of the first-ever diesel Com­modore, launch­ing it along­side the first diesel-pow­ered ver­sion of the new medium-size SUV, the Equinox. The two new mod­els pro­vide torque-lov­ing diesel fans with fresh pow­er­train options and build on tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ments in­tro­duced with the re­cent launch of petrol-pow­ered en­gine vari­ants. “We an­tic­i­pate the new diesel Com­modore, avail­able in both Lift­back and Sport­wagon bodystyles, will find par­tic­u­lar favour with fleet op­er­a­tors. It’s a large and com­fort­able ve­hi­cle which pro­vides ef­fort­less per­for­mance and all-round driv­abil­ity thanks to the 400Nm of torque avail­able from 1,750rpm de­liv­ered via an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion,” said Prod­uct mar­ket­ing man­ager Ina Economopou­los. “Fuel ef­fi­ciency is best com­pared against the same cu­bic ca­pac­ity 2.0-litre four-cylin­der petrol Com­modore LT Lift­back model, which sees the ad­van­tage go to the diesel by al­most twolitres per 100km. (5.6 litres com­pared with 7.4 litres). “And with the en­vi­ron­ment in mind, diesel driv­ers will be pleased to know the en­gine has lower CO2 emis­sions com­pared with the petrol op­tion.” The new Equinox diesel is loaded with in­creas­ing lev­els of spec­i­fi­ca­tion across the three­model range, all of which fea­ture a 1.6-litre en­gine mated to a sixspeed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. Like the new diesel

Com­modore, the diesel Equinox fea­tures fuel-sav­ing auto stop/start tech­nol­ogy as stan­dard, as well as nu­mer­ous pas­sive and ac­tive safety aids con­tribut­ing to its fives­tar ANCAP safety rat­ing. The Equinox line-up starts at $46,990 for the LT, the LTZ is avail­able at $55,900 and the highly-spec­i­fied range top­ping LTZ-V priced at $59,990. “The LT is two-wheel drive, whereas the LTZ and LTZ-V are both all-wheel drive,” said Ms Economopou­los. Equinox diesel mod­els also repli­cate their petrol sib­lings in terms of fam­ily-friendly spec­i­fi­ca­tion. “Th­ese ve­hi­cles of­fer fea­tures in­clud­ing heated front seats, em­bed­ded sat-nav, re­mote en­gine start and front park as­sist as stan­dard, one-touch fold­ing rear seats and four USB charge points through­out the ve­hi­cle.” The LTZ steps up spec­i­fi­ca­tion with 19 inch al­loys, LED head­lamps and tail lamps, hands-free power tail­gate, rain-sens­ing wipers, wire­less phone charg­ing, front and rear seat heat­ing, topped off with a Bose pre­mium au­dio sys­tem. The range top­ping LTZ-V com­pletes the new model of­fer­ing with a huge two-panel panoramic sun­roof, power pas­sen­ger seat, ven­ti­lated front seats and heated steer­ing wheel. “Th­ese new diesel mod­els of­fer their own dis­tinct char­ac­ter­is­tics but re­main true to Holden’s core value of of­fer­ing an en­gag­ing driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Ms Economopou­los. “The fifth-gen­er­a­tion Com­modore with its world-class dy­nam­ics, and the Equinox with all-wheel drive sure­foot­ed­ness, are for­mi­da­ble new ad­di­tions to Holden’s new model port­fo­lio.” For added peace of mind, both the new Equinox and Com­modore now come with a Com­plete Care pack­age com­mon to all other mod­els in the Holden range, which in­cludes three years free cer­ti­fied ser­vic­ing, three years road­side as­sis­tance and three years war­ranty.

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