The 2018 Holden ZB Commodore Sportwagon has been spied testing in the USA sporting a V6 and all-wheel drive, signalling a return of the hot wagon.
To date we’ve driven a number of 2018 Holden ZB Commodore prototype vehicles, but there hasn’t been much discussion about the Sportwagon outside of an entry-level four-cylinder model.
Spied testing in the USA yesterday, we now have visual proof that Holden will release a V6 all-wheel drive version of the next-generation Commodore that could be exclusive to Australia.
The front end of the car sports the faux-inlets that feature on the sporty VXR model, but this pictured vehicle appears to be a mid- or base-specification of the V6 all-wheel drive, given the lack of VXR badges, smaller wheels and smaller brakes.
Proudly wearing a Holden badge at the front and a Commodore badge at the rear, the ZB Commodore is finished in a red paint colour, similar in appearance to the current Holden Commodore SS-V Redline Sportwagon.
While wagons have fallen out of fashion in Australia, a V6 wagon would make the ZB Commodore one of the few in the segment with a sporty station wagon option.
Most other wagons in this segment come with diesel or low-capacity petrol engines and front-wheel drive — with the exception of the jacked up ‘off-road’ wagons like the Golf and Passat Alltrack.
The V6 ZB Commodore features a naturally aspirated 3.5-litre petrol V6 engine that produces 230kW of power and 370Nm of torque. It moves from standstill to 100km/h in around 6.0-seconds and will use around 9.0-litres of fuel per 100km. It also uses a nine-speed automatic transmission.
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