It’s bittersweet bringing news like this. On one side, we’re thrilled the 2016 Holden Caprice will be receiving some much needed attention. On the flip end, this will be the last revision made to the Holden Caprice before it ends its lifetime alongside the shorter-wheelbase Commodore.
Car Advice reports a major facelift is inbound for the 2016 Caprice, which has remained nearly unchanged since 2006, save for a minor refresh in 2013. Sources have told the publication to expect a much more revised look than what we’ll see on the 2016 Commodore Series II. Both cars will debut in September.
On the power side of things, the LPG V6 option will be thrown out, and the 2016 Caprice will solider on to the grave with only a V8 option and six-speed automatic gearbox. But, it won’t be the familiar L98 6.0-liter V8 engine currently sitting under the hood.
Like its Commodore sibling, the 2016 Caprice is poised to receive an HSV tuned version of the LS3 6.2-liter V8. Holden will outfit the latest active fuel management technology to the engine, where it may enter production as the L99. The current 6.0-liter V8 produces 348 hp. The 6.2-liter is expected to make 407 hp, detuned from what it’s capable of in the 2015 Chevrolet SS.
A lighter overall engine is expected to shave the 2016 Caprice’s curb weight by nearly 4.5 pounds and, when combining the weight savings with the latest-generation active fuel management, fuel economy should jump slightly, too.