Recently, there has been a lot of speculation on what Holden’s vehicle lineup will look like after local manufacturing ceases in 2017. Currently, the Holden lineup is a mess with ho-hum Korean-sourced products, locally-produced vehicles and rebadged Opels filling dealer lots.
We are going to take this space, and build Holden’s lineup after 2017. Let’s make it a near-perfect situation. Of course, a perfect world would be locally producing cars but, as much as we wish it weren’t so, the deal is done. So, let’s assume costs, platforms and anything in between wouldn’t be a matter in the world. Here we go.
2018 Holden Commodore
Let’s start with General Motors’ Omega platform. The weight-saving and light-weight architecture of Omega would be the perfect successor to the bulky Zeta platform currently underpinning the VF Commodore. The platform offers support for a wide-range of engines, and we think a 6.2-liter LT1 V8 as the range-topping choice would do just fine. Load the car with an absolute cluster bomb of features, and we’d present the new Caprice.
Since this is a near perfect world, we’ll assume sportwagon and ute variants have been sorted out on the platform, too.
The 2018 Commodore would sit as a newly-positioned range-topping vehicle, leaving room for our next vehicle to sit as something more affordable. It’s the car Australians want, would match the spaciousness Zeta offers interior occupants and would be a true successor to the departing VF Commodore.
2018 Holden Insignia
We think a tweaked 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, or whatever Opel is concocting on the E2XX platform, would be an excellent addition to Holden’s portfolio. It’s just not a Commodore replacement. This vehicle will render the Holden Malibu redundant, and will replace and best it in nearly every way. We’d like to see it positioned below the Commodore, almost as the Malibu sits below the Impala in the U.S, and we invite all of the Chevy Malibu’s engineering efficiencies into the car.
2018 Holden Monaro
Holden would go after Ford and the Mustang with a reincarnated Monaro based on the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. But, how about a curveball? Only offer the 2.0-liter turbo-four and make the LF4 3.6-liter twin-turbo V6 the range-topping engine. If Mustang orders are anything to go by, the Aussie consumer likes the idea of a turbocharged sport coupe. Also, this saves the V8 for the Commodore faithful, still giving a reason to step into one.
2018 Holden Colorado
The Asian-based Holden Colorado would be out, and the U.S.-spec Colorado would be in. Holden deserves a world-class ute, rather than a watered down offering, something apparent right away when comparing the two trucks. Despite the Colorado garnering a warm reception, we think consumers would be blown away by the fit and finish of the U.S. Chevrolet Colorado over what’s currently sold. And that would move even more Colorados than currently.
2018 Holden Colorado 7
Again, the Asian product is out. Here, we envision a GMC derived rugged off-roader of sorts to compete with Jeep in the U.S. More Grand Cherokee like in nature, but with the capability the current Colorado 7 brings to the table.
2018 Holden Solstice
The Holden Captiva as we know it would be gone. So American readers know, the Captiva 5 is our final-generation Saturn Vue. So Australian readers know, your Captiva 5 was last seen fit as merely a rental car in the U.S., known as the Chevrolet Captiva. It has got to go. Instead, we propose the Chevrolet Equinox replace it, though, we like the name “Solstice” more than Equinox when pairing it with Holden name.
2018 Holden Cruze
The shiny-new 2016 Chevrolet Cruze recently unveiled would be heading down unda’, complete with a hatchback variant. This move would render the Astra hatch obsolete, and we propose a high-performance variant to fill the VXR’s shoes. Efficient engine choices, and sleek styling, would create a compelling alternative to the imports gobbling up the current Holden Cruze’s marketshare. Besides, it’s apparent the front-clip of the current Holden Cruze was designed to wear a bowtie rather than the roaring lion.
2018 Holden Barina
The Barina is a good car, and we think would still fit very well in Holden after 2017. Therefore, we say it should stay with no major changes besides normal refreshes and equipment offerings.
If we didn’t explicitly mention it, we chose to axe the vehicle from the lineup. That includes the Holden Cascada, Barina Spark and Trax. Our pseudo-budget is being applied elsewhere.
An addendum to all of the above: our post 2017 Holden lineup will see the SSV trim as the performance moniker for the brand. VXR is a Vauxhall brand, and we feel offers no value to Australian consumers.
What do you think? Do we have a job in product planning in the future, or should we stick to our keyboards? Let us know how we did in the comments section.