The Europe-sourced Holden Commodore could be in line to receive a new engine.
Holden’s sister brands, Opel and Vauxhall, have introduced a fresh 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine for the Insignia hatch.
Using around 5.2L/100km to produce 147kW and 280Nm outputs, the new engine is more efficient but less punchy than the 2.0-litre turbo engine currently offered in local examples.
The powerplant appears to have replaced that 191kW/350Nm turbo petrol engine in some markets, raising questions about the engine’s future in Australia.
Australian examples of the Commodore - sold overseas of the Insignia - are powered by some of the more powerful engines from the General Motors arsenal. The Commodore is sold here with a 2.0-litre turbo engine serving up 191kW, a 3.6-litre V6 with 235kW and a 2.0-litre turbo diesel with 125kW and 400Nm, surpassing less powerful options such as a 103kW 1.5-litre turbo petrol and 81kW 1.6-litre turbo diesel options sold overseas.
For the moment, Holden confirmed when asked if engines would be replaced by the smaller unit that, "Holden will be continuing with our current powertrain line-up for the ZB Commodore."