The boss of Holden’s New Zealand arm may have delivered a key hint on the car Holden will import as a replacement for its large Commodore from 2017.
Speaking with The New Zealand Herald at this week’s launch of the updated Trax range, Holden NZ boss Jeff Murray confirmed the new model will be “a Commodore-sized vehicle”.
That’s not much of a clue in itself, but Murray is reported to have then added that the Commodore’s replacement will be offered in both sedan and wagon form.
It’s the mention of a wagon that may have given the game away, with only one model in GM’s global range fitting the bill: the Opel Insignia.
Cadillac’s CTS was available as a wagon until the recently launched new-generation model appeared, but as a prestige model, the CTS is unlikely to ever be a direct replacement for the Commodore.
So, then, Insignia. Of course, it won’t be the current six year-old model, which is already slated to return to Australia next year in ‘VXR’ performance hatch-sedan form.
And, in its current form, the Insignia is also not a ‘Commodore-sized’ vehicle.
The Insignia liftback sedan rides on a 2737mm wheelbase and measures 4830mm long overall, while the Commodore stretches 2915mm between the wheels and 4947mm overall.
Little is known about the next-generation Insignia, but if Murray’s comments are to be believed, it seems the new model will be longer - or at least that a longer variant will appear, as in the case of the current Buick LaCrosse.
This would also add credence to speculation that the Holden's replacement will be a front-wheel-drive offering (possibly with the option of all-wheel-drive), driven by transverse four- and six-cylinder engines.
Murray added that he has already seen the Commodore’s replacement - likely in its overseas form - and that dealers in New Zealand have also had a private viewing.
As for the Commodore name, Murray said that a decision on its retirement or continuation with the replacement model will be made “in six to eight months”.
[via The New Zealand Herald]