Tested: next year’s Holden Commodore
HOLDEN will import the Insignia, built in Europe, as its staple family sedan — and the four-cylinder turbo is quicker than the standard locally made V6
30 June 2017
DIEHARD Holden fans are in for a shock. The four-cylinder Commodore to be imported from Germany next year is faster than the standard locally made V6.
We know because we’ve driven it. The 2.0-litre turbo Opel Insignia tested in Europe is not identical to what we will get in Australia (it was all-wheel-drive, whereas four-cylinder models sold here will be front-drive) but it gave a valuable foretaste of what we can expect when it arrives in local showrooms in February rebadged as a Commodore.
When the homegrown model reaches the end of the line in October — ending 68 years of Holden manufacturing and 39 years of Commodore V8s — there will be a choice of 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol or diesel front-wheel drives or a V6 all-wheel drive.
There is no turbo planned for the V6 because there is no room under the bonnet.
The Insignia is smaller than the locally built Commodore. The V6 was a late addition after the Holden factory closure was announced and the Insignia was selected as its successor.
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