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by Jez Spinks

Official pricing and specifications have been revealed for the new Holden VF Commodore range that will offer new levels of value and technology when it goes on sale in June.

The pricing for the VF line-up brings no surprises after an information leak earlier this week, with Holden confirming a new, lower starting point of $34,990 and reductions of up to nearly $10,000 depending on variant.

The Omega and Berlina models, as previously reported, are axed in favour of a new base model called Evoke, otherwise the Holden VF Commodore range retains the SV6, SS, SSV and Calais trims.

Holden VF Commodore Calais taillight

Holden refers to its new-generation Commodore, which continues on the same ‘Zeta’ platform that underpinned the VE model launched in 2006, as the most advanced car to be built yet in Australia.

The Holden VF Commodore is loaded with technology from the entry-level model up, with even the $34,990 Evoke boasting voice recognition activation, semi-automatic parking system, parking sensors front and rear, electronic park brake, iPod connectivity with audio streaming, and Holden’s MyLink infotainment system that includes built-in apps and operates via an eight-inch colour touchscreen display.

The local car maker has also introduced the European Isofix child seat anchorage system that is set to be belatedly approved by Standards Australia this year.

Here’s CarAdvice’s simple guide to the new Holden VF Commodore range.


Holden Commodore Evoke

Holden VF Commodore Evoke front side

Holden VF Commodore Evoke interior

The Evoke (main image and above) is available in sedan, wagon and ute body styles. It costs $34,990 before on-road costs for the four-door, from $36,990 for the Sportwagon, and from $32,990 for the two-door utility.

Each is powered by a recalibrated version of the VE’s 3.0-litre V6, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission only.

Standard features in addition to those previously mentioned include 16-inch alloy wheels, six airbags, hill hold control and hill-start assist, trailer sway control, dual-zone climate control, and remote vehicle start.

Optional extras are blind-spot assist and reverse traffic alert ($350), satellite navigation ($750, from September 2013) and metallic paint ($550).


Holden Commodore SV6

Official images of the SV6 have yet to be released, but the next trim level up from the Evoke is also available in all three body variations. The sedan kicks off at $35,990 with a manual gearbox, a $6800 reduction over the previous model. The ute costs $32,990 with both variants asking another $2200 for a six-speed automatic that is standard on the $40,190 SV6 Sportwagon.

Both transmissions are teamed with a more powerful V6 that’s again 3.6 litres in size.

As the entry-level sports model, the SV6 includes sportier-looking front and rear bumpers, 18-inch alloy wheels, side skirts, LED daytime running lights, sports seats, lip spoiler and chrome exhaust tip.

The blind-spot assist and reverse traffic alert systems become standard, with the options list comprising satellite navigation, leather seats ($1500), and sunroof ($1990) and rear spoiler ($500) for the sedan.


Holden Commodore SS, SS V and SS V Redline

Holden VF SS V Ute front

Holden VF Commodore SSV profile\

Holden VF Commodore SS V interior

The SS and SS V badges are also spread across sedan, wagon and ute. SS manuals are priced from $38,990 for the ute, or $41,990 for the sedan (the latter a $5800 cut from the old SS). The SS Sportwagon is auto only and costs $46,190 before on-roads.

All SS models adopt the carry-over 6.0-litre V8 but otherwise mimic the equipment and options line-up of the SV6.

SS V models range from $42,490 (manual ute) to $49,690 (auto Sportwagon) and bring a raft of extras that include 19-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, integrated DVD, satellite navigation, push button engine start, colour digital instrument display, fog lights and eight speakers.

The Holden VF Commodore SS V manual, with a sticker of $45,490, shares the biggest reduction in the range (along with Calais V V6) – costing $9800 less than its predecessor.

Sat-nav, sunroof (sedan), metallic paint and rear spoiler are optional for the SS, while SS V extras are limited to metallic paint, Bose audio and sunroof ($2490 package) and rear spoiler (sedan only, $500).

A Redline package that proved popular on the Series II VE Commodore returns for VF, adding Brembo brakes, forged 19-inch alloy wheels, sportier suspension tune, head-up display, and lane departure and forward collision warning systems for a $6000 premium.


Holden Calais

Holden VF Commodore front 3q

Holden VF Calais V Sportwagon profile

Holden VF Commodore Calais interior

The luxury-focused Calais comes in either sedan or Sportwagon guise, priced below $40,000 for the V6 auto sedan ($39,990) or $41,990 for the more practical variant.

Inclusive features include leather upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome highlights, LED daytime running lights, push-button start, colour digital instrument display, blind spot and traffic assist systems, and higher-grade interior trim. Sat-nav and metallic paint are the only options.

Holden Calais V models cost from $46,990 in 3.6-litre V6 form or from $54,990 when the 6.0-litre V8 features under the bonnet.

The V badge introduces 8-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, rain-sensing wipers, front seats with heating, satellite navigation, lane departure and forward collision warning systems, DVD player, 19-inch alloy wheels, and, for sedan only, nine-speaker Bose audio and sunroof.

Details of the longer-wheelbase Holden Caprice are being revealed later by the local car maker.

CarAdvice will bring comprehensive reviews of the new Holden VF Commodore from May 30th.


2013 Holden VF Commodore sedan range

Holden Commodore Evoke auto  $34,990
Holden Commodore SV6 manual  $35,990
Holden Commodore SV6 auto  $38,190
Holden Commodore SS manual  $41,990
Holden Commodore SS auto  $44,190
Holden Commodore SS V manual  $45,490
Holden Commodore SS V auto  $47,690
Holden Commodore SS V Redline manual  $51,490
Holden Commodore SS V Redline auto  $53,690
Holden Calais (V6)  $39,990
Holden Calais V V6  $46,990
Holden Calais V V8  $52,990

2013 Holden VF Commodore Sportwagon auto range

Holden Commodore Evoke Sportwagon  $36,990
Holden Commodore SV6 Sportwagon  $40,190
Holden Commodore SS Sportwagon  $46,190
Holden Commodore SS V Sportwagon  $49,690
Holden Commodore SS V Redline Sportwagon  $55,690
Holden Calais Sportwagon (V6)  $41,990
Holden Calais V V6 Sportwagon  $48,990
Holden Calais V V8 Sportwagon  $54,990


2013 Holden VF Commodore Ute range

Holden Commodore Evoke Ute  $32,990
Holden Commodore SV6 Ute manual  $32,990
Holden Commodore SV6 Ute auto  $35,190
Holden Commodore SS Ute manual  $38,990
Holden Commodore SS Ute auto  $41,190
Holden Commodore SS V Ute manual  $42,490
Holden Commodore SS V Ute auto  $44,690
Holden Commodore SS V Redline Ute manual  $48,490
Holden Commodore SS Ute Redline  $50,690