As we reported yesterday on news that the next-generation Holden Commodore may neuter itself as a front-wheel-drive commuter box, we’ve just been tipped the complete opposite, and more. Because according to sources, the Holden Commodore that will appear beyond 2016 will indeed utilize a global architecture: the Alpha architecture. The same RWD architecture that is flexible enough to underpin the Cadillac ATS, CTS, Chevrolet Camaro and even future crossovers. This will give the VF Commodore more than a worthy successor, while sizing itself to be more of a mid-sized vehicle than a large one, with the base model featuring a four-cylinder engine.
What’s more, sources have indicated that a variant of the next-generation Commodore will be sold in the United States, but not as a Chevrolet. Instead, the future Holden will be placed in the upmarket Buick brand — perhaps as the next-generation Regal. Evidence pointing to this also includes Australian outlets reporting that the next Commodore will be sold outside of the country as a Buick, along with our discoveries of the recent trademark filings of the GNX and Grand National nameplates. Both of which have historically been performance models of the Regal family. This is probably the most excited that many of you have been for a Buick vehicle in a while. But we can’t help but wonder how this vehicle will position itself when the next-generation Cadillac CTS is right around the corner.