The build up continues to the launch of the 2018 Holden Commodore. Holden has announced the finishing touches on the first imported Commodores are complete and the car is nearly ready for launch.
Local testing is complete which Holden claim makes the new Commodore designed with Australian roads and conditions in mind. With over 100,000km travelled let’s hope the venture pays dividends.
Lead Dynamics Engineer, Rob Trubiani said: “We’ve worked on a more direct and responsiveness steering feel to give drivers greater confidence and a more engaging experience behind the wheel. That’s in addition to changing the dampers and suspension tune on both 3.6-litre V6 and 2.0-litre turbo variants so the car feels planted and well-balanced.”
“The 3.6-litre V6 is a great engine but the surprise package in the range is undoubtedly the 2.0-litre petrol with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Not only is it quicker than our current base model V6, it’s also more frugal.”
Speaking of engines, the new base model Commodore is claimed to be the quickest entry level Commodore ever produced. It features a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 191kW/350Nm and is paired with a 9-speed transmission.
Other highlight features of the new 2018 Holden Commodore include:
Cutting-edge driver assistance systems and technology:
  • Next-generation Adaptive LED Matrix headlights
  • 360-degree camera
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (with pedestrian protection)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Side Blind-Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated and ventilated leather front seats
Efficient performance:
  • 6-litre V6 engine or 2.0-litre turbo petrol and diesel engine options
  • 9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifter select
  • Adaptive AWD with torque vectoring
The next-generation Commodore is expected to go on sale around the country in the first few months of 2018.
Car Conversation is not confident Holden will be able to convert Commodore enthusiasts over to the imported model, to have a chance, the car will need a very sharp launch price.
Let’s start a Car Conversation, will the local testing and tuning of the next-generation Commodore be enough to win it local fans?
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