All Holden VE & WM models (dubbed MY9.5) ordered from today will see a slight specification change with Berlina losing the optional V8 engine. It will now be offered, along with all Omega models, exclusively with a 175kW variant of the 3.6 litre Alloytec V6 coupled to a four-speed automatic. SV6, Calais, Calais-V, Statesman and Caprice models featuring the V6 will be afforded the 195kW version.
The Dual-Fuel variant of the Alloytec V6 engine will also receive some minor fuel economy improvements in the near future and V8 models pick up Active Fuel Management (or cylinder deactivation) – more on this in coming weeks.
A number of feature changes will also be introduced including a fixed (non-sliding) arm rest and open bin type door pocket (replaces hinged type) for Calais, Calais-V and Statesman. Additionally all instrument cluster needle illumination will be commonised to white.
Turn-by-turn Satellite Navigation will no longer be offered due to the low take-up rate but on the upside, Sportwagon models can now be optioned with a reversing camera across the range.