LPG Commodore And Caprice Variants Join Holden Line-up

Mike Stevens | Feb 21, 2012

Holden has revealed a new dedicated LPG system for its Commodore and Caprice models today, replacing the outgoing petrol-LPG option in the carmaker's line-up.

Facing off against Ford's Falcon EcoLPi, Holden's LPG package adds the same $2500 premium to the purchase price of applicable models, with a government rebate cutting the end cost down to $500.

"With outstanding fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, cheaper fuel running costs than many small petrol cars and excellent driving characteristics, our customers will be able to enjoy the practicality and comfort of a large car without the large car fuel bills," Holden boss Mike Devereux said at the range's unveiling today.

“We are committed to taking a leadership position with alternative fuels to make sure Commodore remains the smart vehicle choice for Australian motorists."

Note: TMR's Tim O'Brien is at the launch of the LPG Commodore range today. Watch for his first-drive review.

The System

Available with models powered by Holden's 3.6 litre V6 petrol engine, the LPG Commodore system offers 180kW and 320Nm of torque - bettering the old dual-fuel model by 5kW and 2Nm, but falling short of the EcoLPi's 198kW and 409Nm.

The Holden package does offer better fuel consumption figures than its blue-oval rival however, returning 11.8 l/100km in Omega form - 0.5 l/100km better than the EcoLPi Falcon XT, and 1.6 l/100km better than the previous petrol-LPG Commodore.

The LPG range also picks up a new six-speed automatic transmission, described by Holden as "lighter, smarter and more refined," bringing new control software to optimise shift patterns.

Holden is also banging the drum on the LPG Commodore's emissions figures, listed at 189g/km - down from the regular 2012 3.6 litre petrol model's 231g/km.

Under the Australian Government's Green Vehicle Guide, the LPG Commodore carries a 6.5 (out of 10) greenhouse rating, while the regular 3.6 litre petrol engine is ranked at 5.5. Both versions carry an 8.5 air-pollution rating.

For liveability, the new dedicated LPG Commodore sedan offers a capacious boot, thanks to the placement of the 84 litre aluminium LPG tank beneath the car's rear, behind the rear axle, rather than in the storage space.

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Holden says the LPG tank is constructed from high-strength, multi-celled, aircraft grade extruded aluminium with strategically-placed additional aluminium protection plates.

The LPG system is available across the full range of bodystyles: Sedan, Sportwagon, Ute and long wheelbase variants.

Nine barrier crash tests were completed with the tank installed in vehicles to ensure the system's safety, along with simulated and physical tests of the tank itself and over 1.3 million kilometres in road testing.

The LPG Commodore and Caprice ranges carry a 5-Star ANCAP crash safety rating.

Features

The LPG Commodore range mirrors the recently upgraded MY12 petrol Commodore family for features and specifications. Read about those upgrades here.

The range will also feature an Equipe trim grade, building on the entry-level Omega variant by adding 18-inch alloy wheels, rear-view camera and rear park assist, leather seat trim, leather steering wheel and front fog lamps with chrome highlights.

Pricing

The LPG option price is $2500, including GST, but private buyers of new factory-fitted LPG vehicles can apply for a $2000 Federal Government rebate.

Full-range pricing can be viewed at our Holden specifications page.

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  • Tocam says,
    2 years ago
    Should have design and fitted diesel engines instead of unpopular (only in Australia though) LPG.

    I've switched to diesel powered car late last year and can now understand why they are so popular in Europe and why it makes more sense on day to day driving.

    I rather pay the slight premium in both drive-away costs + fuel price differences, but the range I get and the time savings I get from having to visit the service station is so worth it.
    • MotorMouth says,
      2 years ago
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      Why would anyone choose disiesel? It makes some sense in small, gutless, four cylinder cars but none at all in a large, six cylinder one. Ford's EcoLPi Falcon, for example, has more than 400Nm on tap without having to resort to expensive technology like (common rail) direct-injection or turbo charging and will cost much less to run. Its called having your cake and eating it, too. Both BMW and Mercedes-Benz have gone on record lately, saying that disiesel's days are numbered and if you look at BMW's new petrol engines, it is easy to see why. You couldn't give me a disiesel powered car, I enjoy driving far too much.
  • Roger says,
    2 years ago
    From what I have been reading, LPG prices are surging by 20-30%, basically eliminating their operating cost benefit over petrol. I'd take a diesel any day. When the benfit is based on a price advantage, you can bet the government and suppliers will negate it in some way to maximise profit. The good thing about a diesel engine is that it uses much less fuel. Bottom end torque is the key to economy.
    • Noe says,
      2 years ago
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      Lpg prices have spiked momentarily due to adverse global situations, we have one of the largests deposits in the world so if there is any price gouging in the future it is only due to bad or inadequate price regulation, you can blame the govt. For that
    • MotorMouth says,
      2 years ago
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      Prices would need to double before LPG stopped making financial sense. You're looking at fuel economy that is around 15% higher, so unless it suddenly goes to $1.20 a litre, it is always going to be the cheaper option. At present it is under 80c a litre, which means you could be saving thousands a year.
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