With recent news of the discontinuation of Holden’s big sedans following the closure of the Elizabeth plant for 2017, Australian enthusiasts are probably not very happy right now. However, while the Caprice is clearly not going to have a successor, the Commodore should continue its presence in the Holden portfolio, although not in its current form. TMR is reporting that its successor will likely be “a Commodore-sized vehicle” with a wagon as well.
Speaking with The New Zealand Herald earlier this week, Holden New Zealand boss Jeff Murray “is reported to have then added that the Commodore’s replacement will be offered in both sedan and wagon form.” So what car in General Motors’ global portfolio currently satisfies that? Possibly the Opel Insignia (which is already slated for Australia for 2015), although its current iteration isn’t as big as the Commodore.
However, the next-generation Insignia is rumored to be longer than the current one. Little is currently known about the 2016-17 Insignia but, if Murray’s comments are to be believed, it seems the new model will be longer − or at least a longer variant should appear, as is the case of the current Buick LaCrosse. If this is true, Australians should get used to the next-gen Commodore having front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive and without the benefit of a V8.
Murray added that he and New Zealand dealers have already been given a private preview of the Commodore’s replacement, although there’s no word whether the Commodore name will continue or if it will be replaced.