The Evoke is the only Commodore without a spare tyre – it comes with just a repair kit for punctures. You can option a full-sized spare for the 16-inch wheels.
The most popular Commodore is the SV6, which comes with the 3.6 litre V6 engine. Wheels grow to 18 inches and support wider and lower profile tyres, for more grip and more responsive steering. The big wheels also work with a rear wing and side skirts to add some visual flair. The nose also looks different from the Evoke, with less chrome, and a wider grille opening, and small vents near the outer edge of the bonnet.
The SV6 also has a a stiffer, ‘sports’ suspension setup, LED running lights (which help visibility), and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. A blind-spot alert warns if someone is alongside when you indicate to change lanes, and a rear-traffic alert warns if someone is crossing your path when reversing. The manual transmission version gains a limited-slip differential, which can help the car accelerate by reducing wheelspin.
The SS has the same equipment and same styling treatment, but comes with the V8 engine and has a limited-slip diff for the auto (as well as the manual). The SS-V steps the wheel size up to 19 inches and adds front foglights and leather trim. The trip computer built into the instrument cluster goes from monochrome to multi-colour, with more detail.
The SS-V Redline uses the same V8 engine but stiffens the suspension another notch and adds bigger, more powerful Brembo brakes. Wheel diameter remains 19 inches but wider tyres are fitted at the rear. The automatic transmission gains shift paddles on the steering wheel. There is a head-up display: a speedo and tachometer show on the windscreen. Smart key entry allows you to unlock the car with your key safe in a pocket or handbag. Windscreen wipers operate automatically when it rains. There is a sunroof, a nine-speaker Bose sound system, and satellite navigation. Driver aids include a system that warns you of an impending frontal collision, at speeds over 40km/h.
The Calais shifts the focus from performance to comfort. It returns to the 3.6 litre V6 engine and drops the limited-slip differential. Equipment is generally at SV6 level, but the 18-inch wheels are shod with slightly narrower and taller-profile tyres, the suspension tune is softer, and the cabin has leather trim. Only an automatic gearbox is available.
The Calais V comes as a V6 or a V8, and generally mirrors the SS-V Redline’s fit-out but with the softer suspension. It adds powered and heated front seats, and heated exterior mirrors with lights to illuminate the ground near the doors.
Each version is available as a wagon – marketed as Sportwagon.