THE first fully imported, front-wheel-drive Holden Commodore will cost from $33,690 when it launches in Australia early next year - $1800 less than the entry-level model it replaces, and $4800 cheaper than when it last sold here wearing the previous-generation Opel badge.
Holden has used the introduction of the Opel Insignia-based Commodore to shake up the model range, with only one badge - Calais - carrying over from the locally made model.
The range will kick off with the front-drive Commodore liftback sedan, named the LT, featuring a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and priced from $33,690. Swapping to a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine adds $3000 to the cost.
Pricing them jumps to become more expensive than the locally sourced Commodore, with the 2.0L petrol Calais sedan priced from $40,990 -- $500 more than the old one. The Calais-V - the only other link to the old Commodore - will be priced from $51,990, but features all-wheel drive and a 3.6-litre V6 engine. That's $3240 more expensive than the locally made equivalent.
The all-wheel-drive Commodore will also be sold as an RS, priced from $37,290. Another version, badged the RS-V, will cost from $46,990.
At the top of the Commodore tree will be the atmo V6-engined VXR with adaptive dampers and front Brembo brakes. It will set punters back $55,990, $7000 more than an entry-level Kia Stinger featuring a twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6.
The Sportwagon version, available only in LT, RS and RS-V specification - even though early images of the wagon version of the Holden-badged Insignia wore a Calais badge - adds $2200.
The Holden Commodore's pricing marks it as a premium product over its nearest competitors, which include the Ford Mondeo, Kia Stinger, Mazda 6, Peugeot 508, Skoda Superb, and the Toyota Camry.
The V6-engined Tourer version, priced from $45,990 for the entry-level Calais and $53,990 for the Calais-V, is $7000 more expensive than the cheapest four-cylinder petrol Skoda Octavia Scout.
The imported Holden Commodore goes on sale in Australia from late February, 2018.
For a model-by-model rundown on features and specifications, read on here!
2018 HOLDEN COMMODORE PRICING
- LT 2.0-litre turbo $33,690
- LT 2.0-litre turbo diesel $36,690
- Calais 2.0-litre turbo $40,990
- Calais 2.0-litre turbo diesel $43,990
- Calais-V V6 AWD $51,990
- RS 2.0-litre turbo $37,290
- RS V6 AWD $40,790
- RS-V V6 AWD $46,990
- VXR V6 AWD $55,990
- LT 2.0-litre turbo $35,890
- LT 2.0-litre turbo diesel $38,890
- RS 2.0-litre turbo $39,490
- RS-V V6 AWD $49,190
- Calais Tourer V6 AWD $45,990
- Calais-V Tourer V6 AWD $53,990