Philip Clark sprung one of Holden’s development cars, wearing light disguise around its headlights, tailgate and tail-lamps, as it cut through the streets of inner Melbourne recently.
It shows that the Eurodore, still missing its rear badge, is expected to feature many of the same styling details that have appeared on international versions of the car, right down to the chrome strip running right along the edge of the glasshouse down to the LED tail-lights.
The Sportwagon – called the Sports Tourer in other markets, but remaining faithful to Holden’s nomenclature here – is one of three Commodore variants expected to roll out here. These include the Commodore liftback sedan – a feature spotted by Wheels early in the new mid-sizer’s development cycle – and a higher-riding soft-roader.
Engine choices for the new Commodore range are still up in the air, although Holden has confirmed the choice of either a 230kW/370Nm 3.6-litre V6 – the largest engine capacity given there’s no room for a V8 – and a choice of four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel units for more mainstream models.
If the recently confirmed Astra Sportwagon is any guide, Holden may limit the engine choices available to the Commodore Sportwagon to just the base four-pots, although a V6 would help the car keep some of its reputation as a caravan-hauling grand tourer.
The new “NG” Commodore is due on sale early next year.