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The Holden Insignia VXR all-wheel-drive, turbocharged sedan will arrive in dealers next month priced at $51,990 plus on-road costs.

This means Holden’s new German-made sports sedan is about $8000 cheaper than it was when it wore Opel Insignia OPC badges here, between September 2012 and August 2013, before GM’s Euro brand pulled the pin in Australia.

The VXR arrives hot on the heels of other members of Holden’s “European invasion”, including the Cascada convertible and performance versions of the Astra that arrived last week.

At present at least, the Insignia VXR Sports Tourer wagon is off the table for Australia. 

The $51,990 pricetag puts the VXR sedan among the company’s priciest Commodores, which is larger and locally-made. The V8-powered Commodore SS-V Redline costs $52,490 in manual guise, while the 6.0-litre V8 Calais V costs $53,990 as an auto.

VXR range

Updated since, but fundamentally the same car, the Insignia VXR still comes with a 2.8-litre turbocharged V6 engine pumping out 239kW and 435Nm, matched to a six-speed automatic transmission sending power to the road via an all-wheel-drive system that couples the rear axle via a Haldex-style clutch.

Standard equipment includes Adaptive Forward Lighting, Blind Spot Alert and FlexRide Suspension. There are three driving modes — Standard, Sport and VXR — that adjust the accelerator and gear change responses, steering weight, suspension firmness and tweak the rear bias of the AWD system.

Reflecting the VXR’s place as a range headliner, there are three Holden firsts fitted: Adaptive Cruise Control, Auto Emergency Braking (autonomous braking at low speeds) and a Lane Change Alert system with a rearward range of 70 metres.

This iteration also offers a next-generation MyLink infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen display, and a premium audio system with seven speakers.

VXR 2

Holden executive director of sales Peter Keley called the Insignia VXR an “exciting and fitting addition to the Holden range”.

“It is further evidence that Holden is serious about our future product strategy. Insignia VXR is a very exciting taste of things to come,” he added.

As we know, Holden will take up to one-third of all its future models from its European Opel/Vauxhall sister brand within the wider GM empire.

CarAdvice will attend the launch of the VXR next month and will bring you more images (including of the cabin, missing here) and a review. 

Standard features:

  • 2.8 litre V6 turbocharged engine with six-speed automatic transmission
  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated Recaro leather-appointed front sports seats
  • Front and rear park assist
  •  Rear View Camera
  •  Dual-zone climate control
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  •  Auto headlamps
  •  FlexRide Suspension (Adaptive Stability Technology)
  •  Satellite Navigation
  •  Adaptive Forward Lighting + (Bi-xenon headlamps with LED DRLs)
  •  Next Generation MyLink System (Touch Screen)
  •  New digital cluster with eight-inch display
  •  Passive Entry / Push Button Start
  •  Lane Departure Warning
  •  Adaptive Cruise Control
  •  Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  •  Side Blind Spot Alert
  •  Forward Collision Alert
  •  Auto Emergency Braking
  •  Lane Change Alert
  • Summit White

Colour range:

  • Carbon Flash Black
  • Arden Blue
  • Silver Lake
  • Summit White



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