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2018 Holden Commodore: what’s different

By David Bonnici, 07 Dec 2016 Car News

2018 Holden Commodore

The 2018 Holden Commodore will be the first to be fully imported, but what other key differences will there be over the VF model?

Holden Commodores being based on Opel models isn’t a new thing, with the much loved Australian car having German DNA ever since the VB Commodore first rolled off the production line in 1978.

But this fifth-generation Holden Commodore will be the first wholly designed and built by GM’s German arm and while it will have a Commodore badge and a strong family resemblance, there will be plenty of differences to the current VF Commodore model (pictured below)

Holden VF Commodore

  • Drivetrain: The most obvious difference is the front-wheel-drive powertrain for lower spec models. If you want power to the back wheels there will be an AWD in the range topping V6 variant.

  • Engines: The VF Commodore’s 3.0- litre V6 and 6.2-litre V8s will be replaced by 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol and diesel engines and an updated version of the current 3.6-litre V6 which will have 10 percent more power and cylinder deactivation. Power to the front wheels means for the first time Commodore’s engines will point east west. 

2018 Holden Commodore revealed

  • Transmissions: There will be no manual version of the new Commodore. The automatic transmissions will include a nine-speed version. 
  • Shape: The 2018 Commodore will have a liftback tailgate instead of a boot but will still have its three-box sedan shape. 
  • Weight: Built on GM’s  new E2XX platform it will be 200-300kg lighter than the VF Commodore. 

2018 Holden Commodore revealed

  • External size: While smaller than the VF Commodore the 2018 version is still about the same size as the sleeker third-generation VT-VZ  (1997-2006) models. At 4899mm x 1863mm it will 74mm shorter, 36mm narrower than the VF and its 2829 wheel base is 86mm shorter. 
  • Interior space: Shoulder room is 58mm less than the VF with 44mm less hip room. The sweeping roofline cuts rear headroom by 13mm but they’ll have a better view. The boot space will be considerably larger.