If you’re in the same mindset as us, you will be tuning it at 10:30 a.m. AEST, on Sunday, September 13 for the live reveal of the highly-anticipated 2016 VF Holden Commodore Series II. If you reside in the U.S., that’s Saturday, September 12 at 8:30 p.m. EST, to make the distinction for you.
Holden has done a hell of a job keeping the car under wraps, with no premature leaks whatsoever. Besides the handful of spy shots we have of the 2016 Commodore Series II, this will be a true reveal. And that’s hard to accomplish in today’s day and age. Thanks, internet.
While we’ll be hit with the specifics soon, here’s what we know so far about the 2016 Holden Commodore Series II. Be sure to sign up to watch the live reveal at the following link here, too.
The 2016 Commodore Series II will wear a revised and refreshed front clip, with the rear of the car staying the same, per spy shots. Up front, fog lights are traded for new signature LED lighting, and minor stylistic changes will be present. Also, new-functional hood vents will be added, as well as cooling ducts to feed air into the wheel arches.
Expect a handful of new color options, as Holden has been not-so-quietly testing new hues on current VF Commodores.
Although the rear is sticking to its original design, quad-exhaust tips will most likely be standard on V8-powered Commodore. Speaking of V8s …
The biggest news, tying in with Holden’s “Hearing Is Believing” tagline for the 2016 Commodore, will be a new V8 powerplant. It’s expected a new L99 6.2-liter V8 engine will power the 2016 Commodore Series II, ditching the tried-and-true 6.0-liter V8. Power is expected to climb to 425 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. The new engine will be paired with the familiar six-speed manual transmission, or six-speed automatic, however.
Those who insist on the slush box will have the opportunity to shift manually via new steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, though.
The current V6 engine choice is expected to carry over from the current VF Commodore.
But, no matter which engine, power is will be sent to the rear-wheels.
From what we know, and what we’ve seen, the 2016 Commodore Series II will not see a major update to the interior cockpit, minus the addition of the aforementioned paddle shifters, and a dial to control the new bi-modal exhaust, expected to be paired with the L99 6.2-liter V8.
Our educated guess as to when production will begin for the 2016 Commodore Series II is early to mid October, just in time for Aussies’ summer. Production will run through the end of 2017, when Holden manufacturing ceases definitely.
During the event, Mark Bernhard, Holden’s latest Chairman and Managing Director, will address media for the first time since taking the position, share his vision for Holden’s future post manufacturing and make an important announcement regarding the company’s workforce.