New Holden diesel models deliver even more options
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.