Australia will not build the next-generation Holden Commodore. The next-generation Holden Commodore isn’t even expected to be rear-wheel-drive, and won’t feature a V8. Not enough salt in the wound, you say? What if we told you that the all-new Commodore will be imported from China?
The sting, oh the sting.
According to Australia’s CarsGuide, the 2017 Holden Commodore will be a variant of GM’s global next-generation Epsilon midsize front-wheel-drive platform, known internally as E2xx. The current-generation Epsilon platform underpins the Chevrolet Impala, Malibu, Cadillac XTS, and Buick LaCrosse and Regal, as well as the Vauxhall/Opel Insignia. In the case of the 2017 Commodore, it’s expected to be some variant of a new Chinese Buick model, assumingly much like the current and beloved VF Commodore spun off America’s Chevrolet SS performance sedan.
This move could also foreshadow what’s in store for GM’s South Korean manufacturing operations.
It is said that the vehicle will span as far as 16.5 feet (198 inches) in length and feature four-door coupe styling, over the conventional sedan styling we see today. The reported size will make 2017 Holden Commodore firmly in the full-size segment, with performance variants receiving all-wheel-drive and a twin-turbo V6.
So Aussies, with all the changes in store for Holden’s signature sedan, is it still a Commodore in your eyes? Rather, do you find this move insulting? Let us know what you think below.