Holden is keen to enter 2018 on a high note. It’s announced investments into its dealership network, launched the 2018 Holden Equinox, and now the first imported Holden Commodore has a price. Holden announced on Tuesday that the 2018 ZB Commodore will start at $35,990 AUD in base spec.
The price reflects at $3,935 difference over the least expensive VF Commodore Evoke, though close rivals like the Mazda 6 still undercut it by a couple thousand dollars. The base car, Commodore LT, arrives with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Additional standard features include automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist. A diesel engine is $3,000 more. ZB Commodore will be offered in Liftback sedan, Sportwagon and Tourer variants.
Holden also confirmed the rest of the trim hierarchy, and while it excludes the SS badge, the Calais badge will return. Premium equipment such as heated and cooled massaging seats, wireless phone charging and more are on board. Calais models retain the 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo, but the Calais-V gains a 3.6-liter V6 engine. All V6-equipped ZB Commodores receive standard all-wheel drive as well. Holden did not price the sportiest of Commodore just yet, that being the SS-replacing Commodore VXR.
The brand once again highlighted how important it was to ensure the ZB Commodore drives like a Holden with nearly 150,000 kilometers (93,000 miles) of local testing. Holden also invited 400 customers to drive the car to gauge reactions. Holden’s Vehicle Development Manager, Jeremy Tassone, said some of the reactions were surprising.
“We’ve had a few skeptical people come for a drive but once they’ve been in the car and experienced the work the team has put in, they’ve left with huge smiles on their faces. It’s been great to see and be able to involve them.”
The 2018 Commodore will launch in Liftback guise in late February, while the Sportwagon and Tourer will arrive at a later date. Trims and pricing for the new Commodore Liftback are listed below.
- LT 2.0-litre turbo: $35,990
- RS 2.0-litre turbo: $38,990
- RS V6 AWD: $42,490
- RS-V: $42,490