Since its launch in May 2013, the Holden VF Commodore has gone on the dominate the shrinking large car segment, currently commanding an impressive 72 per cent market share ahead of the Ford Falcon and Toyota Aurion.
So far in 2014, Commodore sales are up 26.5 percent compared with the same period last year (Jan-Sep). The 2015 Commodore updates are set to ensure the dominance remains strong ahead of the updated Ford Falcon launch later this year.
Given the VF Commodore has only been around for 17 months, the changes to the MY15 are mostly incremental improvements with no changes to the drivetrain.
From the outside the sporty versions (SV6, SS, SS V and SS V Redline sedans only) gain an update to the rear end, with a new gloss black rear valance. SS V models also gain new 19-inch split-rim alloy wheels.
Two new bright new colours have also been introduced with “Jungle Green” for sports models and “Some Like It Hot” red (available across the range) to become the new hero hues.
Inside, the SS V redline gains a new standard jet black finish with optional titanium highlights while automatic models gain paddle-shifters. The reverse-view camera has been updated with grid lines.
The rest of the range gain a recalibrated and retuned Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system, with Holden claiming a better on-centre steering feel and precision.
Three different steering calibration tunes for the 2015 Holden Commodore will separate the range, with Holden engineers picking Evoke, Calais, Calais V and Caprice V for the softer tune dubbed Touring, while SV6, SS, SSV gain the Sport calibration, and SS V Redline gains Sport and Competitive (exclusively).
Other changes to the update MY15 Commodore include the addition of a full-sized alloy spare for the SV6 and Calais (in place of the tyre Sealant and air compressor kit).
Holden will also drop the LPG drivetrain option for SV6 models (due to lack of popularity) while the Caprice is now only offered in a single Caprice V specification, with either an LPG V6 or petrol V8 powertrain.
Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Gerry Dorizas, says the MY15 changes are a sign that Holden is keen to keep the Commodore product fresh.
“We’ve listened to our customers and have focussed the upgrades where they count, such as the addition of paddleshifters for SS V Redline automatic transmission to provide an even sportier driving experience. Combined with low running costs and Holden’s outstanding Capped Price Service offer, no other car on sale offers the combination of value, technology, safety and driving pleasure that customers will enjoy in the updated Model Year 15 VF Commodore range,” Mr Dorizas said.
The introduction of the 2015 Holden Commodore will be headlined by the Holden Craig Lowndes SS V Special Edition Commodore which begins a limited 233-unit production run next week.
Fuel economy remains unchanged. Pricing for the 2015 Holden Commodore remains unchanged except the spare wheel adds $300 to Calais V pricing:
3.0-litre Evoke auto – $35,490
3.6-litre Evoke LPG auto – $37,990
3.6-litre SV6 – $36,490
3.6-litre SV6 LPG auto – $41,190
6.0-litre SS – $42,990
6.0-litre SS V – $46,490
6.0-litre SS V Redline – $52,490
3.6-litre LPG Calais V auto – $48,290
6.0-litre Calais V auto – $54,290
3.0-litre Evoke auto – $37,490
3.6-litre Evoke LPG auto – $39,990
3.6-litre SV6 auto – $40,690
3.6-litre SV6 LPG auto – $43,190
6.0-litre SS auto – $47,190
6.0-litre SS V auto – $50,690
6.0-litre SS V Redline auto – $56,690
3.6-litre Calais V auto – $49,290
6.0-litre Calais V auto – $55,290
3.6-litre Commodore auto – $33,490
3.6-litre SV6 – $33,490
6.0-litre SS – $39,490
6.0-litre SS V-Series – $42,990
6.0-litre SS V Redline – $48,990
MY15 Holden VF Commodore colours:
- NEW Some Like It Hot red*
- NEW Jungle Green* (SV6, SS, SS V and SS V Redline models only)
- Heron White
- Red Hot
- Phantom Black*
- Regal Peacock Green*
- Nitrate Silver*
- Prussian Steel Grey*
- Perfect Blue*
*Prestige Paint at $550 premium
SS V Redline highlights:
- NEW Paddleshifters (automatic transmission only)
- NEW Black 19-inch split-rim alloy wheels
- NEW Gloss Black Rear Valance (SV6, SS, SS V and SS V Redline sedans only)
- 6.0-litre V8 engine
- Six-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select
- Performance Mode Lift Foot (automatic transmission calibration)
- Launch Control
- Competitive Mode (stability control calibration)
- Colour Head-Up Display
- Holden MyLink infotainment System with 8.0-inch colour touch-screen display
- Automatic Park Assist
- Rear view camera
- Lane Change Assist
- Blind Spot Monitoring
- Forward Collision Alert
- Rear parking sensors
- ISOFIX child seat anchorage system
- Embedded apps including Pandora, Stitcher SmartRadio
- Siri Eyes Free Mode