The carmaker has labelled the new wagon its “flagship” model, and has packed it with interior and safety technologies to fit the bill.
Like the 2018 Commodore sedan, the Sportwagon will be available with all-wheel-drive equipped with torque-vectoring, along with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Power comes from the same engine line-up as the sedan, including turbocharged four-cylinder engines in both petrol and diesel (front-wheel-drive only) along with the 230kW/370Nm naturally aspirated petrol V6 for AWD models.
There’s 1640 litres of space in the cargo area, and the powered tailgate can be opened with a ‘kicking’ motion. The tailgate opening-height can be altered in areas with limited space, and the rear seats fold 40/20/40 for additional flexibility.
Safety tech includes lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, LED IntelliLux headlights, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive suspension (Tour, Sport or Standard settings) and a head-up display.
Holden reminds potential buyers that the 2018 Sportwagon will be up to 200kg lighter than the locally-built model it replaces, thanks mainly to lightweight construction materials.
Styling is inspired by the Opel Monza concept of 2013, including the pronounced grille and slimline headlights.
Inside, there’s massaging seats with heating and ventilation, ‘fast’ electric windows and Active Noise Cancellation, while the infotainment system includes an eight-inch LCD instrument display along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
As a reminder that the 2018 Holden Sportwagon will be fully-imported, customers will see it for the first time in an official capacity at next month’s Geneva Motor Show wearing Opel badges. Stay tuned to TMR for more.
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