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Don’t be surprised if the most popular variant of the next-generation Commodore is this, the newly revealed 2018 Holden Commodore Tourer.

As the third body style confirmed for the new fully-imported Commodore range, the 2018 Commodore Tourer enters as a spiritual successor to the high-riding Adventra offered as a rival to the Ford Territory in the mid-2000s.

As with modern offerings like the Subaru Outback and Volvo’s V90 Cross Country, the Commodore Tourer is a propped-up version of the Sportwagon revealed in February.

Additional cladding sets the Tourer apart as the more outdoorsy of the three Commodore kids, including hard-wearing grey plastic flares, skirts and bumper inserts. These additions make the Tourer 20mm longer than the regular Sportwagon.

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That makes the Commodore Tourer around 5006mm long, riding on a 2829mm wheelbase.

By comparison, the current Australian-built Sportwagon rides on a much longer 2915mm wheelbase, although its overall length is shorter at 4919 to 4939mm (depending on variant).

In regular Sportwagon form, the new 2018 Commodore claims 520 litres of rear cargo space, growing to 1640 litres with the second-row seats laid flat. Although not detailed, those figures likely carry over for this new Tourer variant.

As befits a high-riding model with a claim to off-road capability, the Commodore Tourer will feature an additional 20mm of ground clearance and all-wheel-drive – hardly enough to tackle mountains, but handy for the weekend getaway down the coast.

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Above: the Commodore Tourer’s Opel/Vauxhall twin

Torque vectoring will feature, as will driver mode preferences to adjust performance and response in the steering, AWD and transmission settings.

Holden has yet to detail engine options for the new Tourer. Across the wider Commodore range, a range of 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will provide power, although a 230kW/370Nm V6 is also confirmed.

The 3.6-litre V6 has so far been detailed for the top-shelf sports model only, which means the Tourer will likely stick with four-pot options – possibly diesel alone.

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Above: the regular new 2018 Commodore Sportwagon

As with the rest of the Commodore line-up, a nine-speed automatic transmission will be the only shifter on offer.

Features across the new 2018 Commodore range will include massage seats up front, heated seats front and rear, cooled front seats, one-touch rear folding seats, a powered liftgate (wagon), and active noise cancellation.

Safety kit includes autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, speed-limit cruise, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, forward collision alert, side blind-zone alert, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also feature, operated through an 8.0-inch main display.

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Podcast

Listen to the CarAdvice team discuss the 2018 Holden Commodore Sportwagon below, and catch more like this at caradvice.com/podcast.

 

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