Yesterday evening, or today if you reside in Australia, Holden spilled preliminary details on what the future holds in its most iconic nameplate: the Commodore.
The 2018 Holden Commodore was revealed to be an identical clone to the next-generation Opel/Vauxhall Insignia. There will not be body panel changes and no stylistic differences. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how much smaller the 2018 NG Commodore (New Generation) will be compared to its locally-produced predecessor.
- 2018 Commodore Wheelbase: 111.4 inches. 3.4 inches shorter than VFII.
- Length: 192.9 inches. 2.9 inches shorter.
- Width: 73.3 inches. 1.4 inches narrower.
- Head room: 37.5 inches. 0.5 inches less.
- Shoulder room: 56.9 inches. 2.3 inches less.
- Hip room: 55.5 inches. 1.7 inches less.
- Knee room: identical to VFII.
As you can see, the NG Commodore will be smaller, narrower and have marginally less room inside. But, the Commodore is also effectively becoming a midsize sedan rather than a full size. At least by American measurements. The E2XX platform, however, has done an excellent job in stretching the 2018 Commodore to near VFII length and width. We’ve been around the 2016 Chevrolet SS quite a bit. It’s a big car. The 2018 Commodore will be nearly as big.
Add in a weight reduction of up to 661 pounds from the current VF Commodore Series II, plus a super intelligent all-wheel drive system, and Holden may be on to something when it says this car “delivers in spades.” No, it’s not what we know, nor what we’re used to, but there’s no denying the 2018 Commodore is shaping up to be very competitive.