HOLDEN WM SERIES II CAPRICE
Accompanying the unveiling of the VE Series II Commodore, Holden has today revealed details of the 2011 Caprice Series II ahead of the launch of the WM Series II (long-wheelbase models) updated range in September.
The updated Caprice will also be joined by a new V-Series variant, marking it as the new top-shelf model for the stretched luxury-oriented saloon.
As part of the Series II update, Holden has announced it will discontinue the long-running Statesman badge - a name that has graced the range-topping Commodore cousin since 1990, and before that with the HQ-WB Statesman range sold from 1971 to 1984.
“Market research consistently told us that the Caprice nameplate, with its definite sports luxury character, appealed to a far broader customer base,” Holden Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales John Elsworth said.
“We believe that presenting a choice of two models which share the same strong brand appeal but differ in specification will now make the step up to Caprice from its short-wheelbase siblings such as the Calais V, a more natural move for many buyers."
Mr Elsworth said that customers looking for a more luxurious option identify the Caprice as a more prestigious offering.
Series II updates to the Caprice are largely evolutionary, including the addition of the Holden-iQ full-colour touch-screen that also features across the entire VE Series II Commodore range.
The Holden-iQ system offers a virtual CD collection, iPod, MP3 player and USB flash-drive connectivity. Bluetooth connectivity is also enhanced over the outgoing system.
The touch-screen system also supports full colour mapping satellite navigation with traffic alerts and a rear view camera. Both features are included as standard.
Other features include a sunroof, full Nappa leather trim, dual-screen rear DVD, a Bose premium audio system and tri-zone climate control.
On the engine front, the Caprice Series II is powered by Holden's 210kW 3.0 litre SIDI Direct Injection V6, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select.
Fuel consumption is listed as 9.9 l/100km, a four per cent improvement on the previous V6 model. C02 emissions are also reduced by four percent.
The Caprice V-Series is powered by a 260kW 6.0 litre Gen IV V8, featuring the fuel-saving Active Fuel Management (AFM) technology and matched with a six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select.
As with the VE Series II Commodore range, the Caprice V-Series also offers ‘fuel of the future’ bio-ethanol capability, also known as E85.
Fuel consumption is listed at 12.3 l/100km, a two per cent improvement on the previous Caprice.