In preparation for the up-coming launch of the VE Series ute and wagon, Holden have re-introduced the SVZ badge to help clear remaining stocks of the venerable VZ ute and keep wagon sales ticking along.
The all new VE ute is due to hit showrooms by October this year with the wagon to follow in early 2008. The SVZ special editions have proven popular in the past and kept sales momentum up by offering a swag of extras to tempt the canny bargain hunter. While those in the know will sit back and wait for the better VE based product the punter with a keen eye for a value deal will find the SVZ Special Editions a tempting proposition.
When the last SVZ Special Edition was seen in showrooms in 2006 it came with a drive-away price and although that is not the case this time the starting price for the wagon at $32,490 (plus dealer delivery and government charges) is $2,000 below the 2006 edition. The wagon makes do with the standard 172kW/320Nm Alloytec engine and four-speed automatic.
The SVZ wagon enjoys a number of extras over and above the standard equipment found in the Executive wagon.
Commodore SVZ wagon specifications
- 17-inch alloy wheels (4)
- Distinctive front fascia with fog lamps
- Sports-luxury suspension
- Chrome exhaust extension
- Body coloured mirror scalps
- Black bezel headlamps
- Body colour rear wind deflector and roof rails
- Roof rack
- SVZ rear badge
- Anthracite cloth seat trim with leather faced bolsters
- Air conditioning
- 6 disc in-dash CD player
- Front and rear power windows
- Leather-wrap steering wheel
- Leather wrapped automatic transmission selector & handbrake grip
This time around the ute is also available in SVZ guise (it wasnâ€™t in 2006) and is priced from $29,990 (plus dealer delivery and government charges) for the six speed manual version with the 5-speed auto being a $1,000 option.
The SVZ ute is powered by the same engine currently doing time in Holdenâ€™s VE series Commodore. Itâ€™s a high output version of the 3.6-litre Alloytec V6, producing 190kW at 6500rpm with the automatic gearbox and 187kW at 6000rpm with the manual. Both versions produce 335Nm of torque at 3200rpm.
Some new colours from the VE sedan range can be ordered, including "Provence", "Sandstorm", "Red Passion", "Nickel", "Evoke", "Vespers Blue", "Impulse", "Phantom" and "Heron White" with metallic paint being a $400 option. For those feeling adventurous the rather garish VE Commodore colour â€œMorpheousâ€ metallic is also available, as seen in the pictures.
In addition to the standard ute features, the SVZ ute includes a number of added extras.
Commodore SVZ ute specifications
- 18-inch alloy wheels with full size alloy spare (CV8-R)
- Performance brake package
- Red painted brake callipers (Holden logo on front brakes)
- Onyx leather seats and door trim with SVZ embroided logo on seat face
- SVZ exterior badging
Both the SVZ wagon and ute are available from Holden dealers now. The SVZ Special Edition offer is only available to private buyers.