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by Karl Peskett

Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) has announced the launch of its E Series 3, bringing with it interior upgrades and driver convenience aids as well as a new fuel system option.

While there are no power tweaks, HSV is touting its new Enhanced Driver Interface (EDI) as a highlight – we saw this technology introduced last week on the E3 Grange – as well as the new Side Blind Zone Alert (SBZA) becoming an option on every model, and standard on the Grange.

Reverse camera with rear park assist, Satellite navigation and touchscreen radio with iPod connectivity are also standard.

Exterior changes are limited to a new rear spoiler which mimicks the revised exhaust tips, by its mounts on the outboard edges.

Under the bonnet, the E3 range (except the Clubsport R8 Tourer) features the $5990 option of Liquid Propane Injection, which we covered in detail last week – click here for more information – which injects LPG as a liquid, rather than a gas, meaning cooling running temperatures and reduced CO2 emissions.

Inside, the E3 range receives:

  • New ‘Oracle’ dash
  • New model specific stainless steel ID plate on the centre console
  • New twin-stitch seat trims on GTS and Senator Signature, as well as a new leather colour in Turismo Rosso.
  • New binnacle gauges
  • Piano black trim on the centre console and steering wheel

HSV Managing Director, Phil Harding says that the “E3 range is an example of HSV’s passion for innovation, and determination to bring world leading technology to vehicles.”

“You only have to look at EDI, LPI, and SBZA to know HSV is passionate about creating and building great all-round performance cars,” said Mr Harding. “More and more of our customers are showing greater interest in new technology, and have expressed a desire for unique points of difference in their vehicles.

“The combination of new technologies, stylish interior improvements, and a continued focus on all-round performance further strengthens HSV’s position as the ultimate in Australian-made performance cars,” he said.

Pricing is said to be announced when the car hits showrooms later this month. Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more details.




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