As the local development of the next-generation Commodore continues, the European version, the Opel Insignia, has made its European debut.
Opel claims the new Insignia has a strong focus on providing a comfortable ride, strong acceleration and superior cornering capabilities.
Australian models will feature a V6 powered all-wheel-drive version. The next-generation Commodore will also feature a front-wheel drive option, powered by a 2.0-litre turbo engine. All variants should feature a nine-speed automatic transmission.
So far, Holden engineers have undertaken 30,000km of local testing.
This means Holden V8 die-hards will have to get their fix somewhere else.
The new Commodore will focus on performance whilst trying to maintain competitive fuel economy.
Driver assistance in the new Commodore should include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Speed Limit Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Side Blind-Zone Alert and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
Comfort features could include massage seats, rear one-touch folding seats, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, express up/down on all windows, active noise cancellation and a powered tailgate on the wagon.
Only time will tell if the Commodore faithful can be convinced to accept the completely imported next-generation, but without the V8 drawcard, it seems unlikely.
Let's start a Car Conversation, do you think the new Commodore will offer enough in an increasingly competitive Australian market? Is the lack of a V8 option going to kill Holden's plans for the new Commodore?