Euro-sourced range to start at $33,690
Holden has announced pricing and specifications for the the all-new Commodore, offering strong equipment levels and a lower starting price than the Aussie-built model it replaces.
The range will start with the LT 2.0-litre turbo with 191kW/350Nm, priced from $33,690 before on-road costs. That's $1800 less than the previous Commodore Evoke or, if you get in on the introductory $35,990 drive away offer, a handy $3935 less than before. Meanwhile, the LT Sportwagon will kick off from $35,890.
A turbo-diesel engine is available as a $3000 option on all LT variants. While Holden is yet to confirm specifications for the oiler, the 125kW/400Nm 2.0-litre unit offered in Europe is the likely candidate.
The base model gets plenty of gear: a nine-speed automatic transmission is standard, as are 17-inch alloy wheels and automatic headlights. Keyless entry with push-button start, semi-automatic parking, a rear-view camera and parking sensors are all included too, along with the full suite of active safety systems – autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, and forward-collision warning – are fitted across the range.
Drivers sit in an eight-way adjustable electric seat and holds a leather steering wheel from the base model up, while rear-seat passengers perch on a 60/40 folding bench. A 7.0-inch MyLink touchscreen features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but no in-built navigation, while the spare wheel is, unfortunately, a space saver.
Moving to the RS 2.0-litre turbo will cost you $37,290 (Liftback) or $39,490 (Sportwagon). Those who get in early will benefit from an initial $38,990 drive away price on the RS 2.0-litre Liftback, too. The RS can also be ordered with the V6 AWD (230kW/370Nm) powertrain, starting from $40,790 (or $42,490 drive away as part of the initial sales push) in Liftback guise – no Sportwagon RS V6 AWD will be offered, however.
Compared to the base LT, RS cars get 18-inch alloy wheels and a body kit, along with front sports seats. You also get blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, a rear lip spoiler and sports leather steering wheel.
Sitting above the RS in the 'sportier' side of the Commodore line-up is the RS-V, priced from $46,990 as a Liftback or $49,190 in Sportwagon guise. The V6 powertrain is standard, along with more sophisticated hi-per strut suspension and a clever adaptive all-wheel drive system with an electronic limited-slip differential.
Wireless phone charging and an 8.0-inch screen in the instrument cluster are standard, as is a larger 8.0-inch MyLink touchscreen. That brings factory navigation and DAB+ radio to the mix. Leather seats, heated at the front, and a sport steering wheel with paddles are also included in the extra spend.
Meanwhile, the luxury-focused Calais starts at $40,990 in 2.0-litre turbo guise or $43,990 with the diesel, and brings 18-inch alloy wheels, leather trimmed (heated front) seats, wireless phone charging and blind-spot warning to the table. You also get rear cross-traffic alerts, something lacking in the LT. The centre console gains the 8.0-inch touchscreen with factory navigation and DAB+ radio, while the driver is treated to a 4.2-inch screen in the instrument cluster.
The range-topping car on the more luxurious Calais line is the Calais-V V6 AWD, priced from $51,990. The car rides on 20-inch alloy wheels as standard, and gains adaptive LED-matrix headlights over its cheaper sibling. Buyers also get a sunroof, an 8.0-inch digital display in the instrument cluster, a head-up display, a 360-degree surround camera system, massaging and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a sports steering wheel.
Finally, the hero for the new Commodore range will be the VXR V6 AWD (235kW/381Nm), priced from $55,990. The extra cash brings 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, and Brembo brakes for a bit of extra sporting credibility. Inside, the car has VXR branded sills and floor mats, leather sports seats (ventilated and heated front, heated rear) and Bose premium audio. Crucially, it also gets adaptive cruise control.
The same 360-degree camera and adaptive LED Matrix headlamps as the Calais-V are also standard on the performance hero of the Commodore range.
In terms of performance, Holden is yet to divulge just how quick the V6 AWD model is from 0-100km/h, though it has confirmed that the 2.0-litre turbo petrol should hit triple figures in a little over 7.0 seconds. Although not confirmed, we're expecting the V6 to pull the Commodore to 100km/h in around 6.0 seconds.
Along with the Liftback and Sportwagon, the new Commodore will be offered as a high-riding Tourer wagon. Aimed at the Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Passat Alltrack, the Tourer will be available in Calais V6 AWD ($45,990) and Calais-V V6 AWD ($53,990) trims, although the 'base' Calais Tourer will also be offered from $47,990 drive-away initially.
Power outputs and equipment levels match those of the wider Commodore range.
2018 Holden Commodore pricing
- Commodore LT 2.0-litre Liftback - $33,990
- Commodore LT diesel Liftback - $36,990
- Commodore LT 2.0-litre Sportwagon - $35,890
- Commodore LT diesel Sportwagon - $38,890
- Commodore LT 2.0-litre turbo Liftback - $35,990 drive away
- Commodore RS 2.0-litre turbo Liftback - $37,290
- Commodore RS 2.0-litre turbo Sportwagon - $39,490
- Commodore RS V6 AWD Liftback - $40,790
- Commodore RS 2.0-litre turbo Liftback - $38,990 drive away
- Commodore RS V6 AWD Liftback - $42,490 drive away
- Commodore RS-V V6 AWD Liftback - $46,990
- Commodore RS-V V6 AWD Sportwagon - $49,190
- Commodore Calais 2.0-litre turbo Liftback - $40,990
- Commodore Calais diesel Liftback - $43,990
- Commodore Calais Tourer V6 AWD - $45,990
- Commodore Calais Tourer V6 AWD - $47,990 drive-away
- Commodore Calais-V V6 AWD Liftback - $51,990
- Commodore Calais-V Tourer V6 AWD - $53,990
- Commodore VXR V6 AWD Liftback - $55,990
All prices include on-road costs unless otherwise stated
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