Holden has confirmed the long-running “Calais” name will continue on when the 2018 NG Commodore arrives next year.
Speaking to Performance Drive, Holden’s director of communications, Sean Poppitt, confirmed the badge would remain for the 2018 Holden Commodore. The badge has long represented the upper range of Commodore variants with more premium appointments, first appearing on the 1984 VK Commodore.
What exactly the Calais will represent in the new era of Commodore remains to be seen, however. It’s possible it will be applied to 3.6-liter V6-powered Commodore, which will feature torque vectoring all-wheel drive. But, the badge may find a home on other gasoline and diesel-powered Commodore, too. Additionally, a Calais sportwagon will also be available.
In conjunction with the news, Poppitt also re-confirmed the news of the SS badge’s death. Last year, Holden said it would retire the SS badge, which has always been reserved for V8-powered Commodore; the 2018 Commodore will not offer a V8 or rear-wheel drive.
“The SS belong to the V8 Commodore, so we plan to retire it ever so gracefully in 2018,” he said.