While the 2017 Opel Insignia Grand Sport officially begins rolling off the assembly line in Germany, Holden is a busy bee regarding the 2018 Holden NG Commodore. The brand provided an update on the development of the car, and according to Holden, the NG Commodore is performing swimmingly.
“At the start of every vehicle program our objective is to make the car great to drive, whether it’s a small car like Astra or a large sedan like the new Commodore,” said Holden’s Executive Director of Engineering, Brett Vivian.
“We’ve been involved with the new Commodore’s development from the very beginning and have been working to tune to the specific tastes of Aussie buyers who like responsive steering and sporty suspension, yet composed ride quality when cruising. These are the hallmarks of Commodore and we are going to deliver again with the next-gen car.”
As mentioned, Holden has had its hands in the development of the Opel Insignia long before it was decided the vehicle itself would be selected to carry on the Commodore’s name following the end of local production. Specifically, engineers battled for a range-topping variant specific to Australia. They got their wish in a 3.6-liter V6 powered NG Commodore with torque-vectoring all-wheel drive.
Final performance numbers for the V6, AWD Commodore are still unknown. That’s because the brand is busy swallowing up kilometers at the Lang Lang proving ground, and most recently, Victoria’s alpine roads.
“We recently put the Australian tuned V6 all-wheel-drive and 2.0-liter turbo Commodores to test on Victoria’s challenging alpine roads and both performed brilliantly,” Vivian said.
Development will likely wrap up towards the end of the year as the 2018 Holden NG Commodore shoots for an early 2018 launch in Australia.