Holden has treated its fans to a first glimpse of the next and final Holden Commodore as we know it, with the VF model soon to make way for the VFII.
A single shadowy teaser image has appeared on Holden’s social media feeds, showing an evolved front with revised lighting and a new bumper design.
The restyled grille now sports a ‘diamond’-shaped surround, while the daytime running lights and fog light design appear to be new.
The look gives the existing headlights a slightly ‘boxier’ appearance than on the VF, perhaps nudging the VFII’s styling in the direction of the VF Calais or HSV models.
The teaser image seems to depict an SV6 or SS model. Our guess is the latter, as Holden announced “hearing is believing” as a further clue to the identity of the VFII.
This suggests the rumoured switch from a 6.0 litre capacity to 6.2 litres for eight-cylinder variants is happening, bringing the mainstream models in line with HSV for engine displacement.
Any change to six-cylinder engines is unclear, but anything beyond a slight bump in horsepower is unlikely given the locally-built Commodore’s pending demise.
That demise is still scheduled for the end of 2017, meaning the VFII will carry the baton to the finish line for the locally-built Holden family car.
To that end, Holden says the VFII is “37 years in the making”, and “the greatest Commodore ever built”.
If the V8 models are set to exit with a bang as the clue suggests, and the rest of the range is treated to a final all-out effort from Holden, the VFII may indeed be "the greatest".
Stay tuned to TMR - the official unveiling is scheduled for September 13.
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