The German-built successor to Australia's Holden Commodore is set to feature technology to rival high-end luxury cars.
Developed overseas as the Opel Insignia, Holden's next sedan is a thoroughly modern machine home to features such as adaptive suspension, active driver aids and a clever all-wheel-drive platform that were not possible in the locally-built VFII Holden Commodore.
Holden's Executive Director of Sales, Peter Keley, says customers will be able to specify their cars with autonomous emergency braking, active lane keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, a 360-degree camera and more.
"Customers are expecting more of their vehicles than ever before," he says.
"The all-new 2018 Commodore redefines the level of technology people can expect, and how tech can help our customers be safer, more involved and more connected than ever before."
The brand released its first images of the new NG Commodore on Wednesday, revealing a streamlined four-door machine with a rakish roofline that represents a significant departure from the current model.
As expected, the model will not be available with a rear-wheel-drive drivetrain layout or V8 engines, popular elements of the Australian-mades models. Instead, the top-end Commodore will feature a naturally-aspirated V6 engine that sends 230kW of power and 370Nm of torque to all four wheels through a new nine-speed automatic transmission. The driveline also promises to be efficient, using stop-start technology and active fuel management to reduce consumption in everyday driving.
Other models in the range will feature turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines that drive the front wheels in a first for the Commodore.
While Holden has not released performance claims for the new car, it says the car weighs between 200 and 300 kilograms less than the existing car, which should have a positive effect on the vehicle's handling. Enthusiasts can specify their cars with a new 'Flexride' multi-mode suspension setup that constantly measures road conditions, adapting to its environment or working to preset 'Tour', 'Standard' and 'Sport' settings.
Holden engineers left their own mark on the model by fine-tuning its driving behaviour for Australian preferences and conditions.
Luxury touches include the addition of heated and ventilated front seats with a new massage function, heated rear seats long with new matrix LED lights that feature in high-end cars such as the latest Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
Entertainment will be accounted for by an 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and drivers will also benefit from a new head-up display system.
Full details, including prices and specifications, will be revealed closer to the car's Australian debut in 2018.
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