The 2018 Holden Commodore will share a platform with the next-generation Opel Insignia. It’s a pretty safe bet to take. The long-standing nameplate will move from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive, and most likely offer all-wheel drive for a performance variant.
That’s something we’ve been fairly concrete on for some time. But Motoring dives a little deeper into where the Holden Malibu and current Holden Insignia will stand once the 2018 Holden Commodore does show face.
If the 2018 Commodore does share a platform with a new Opel Insignia, which will be the E2XX platform as seen on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, the Holden Malibu would be rendered redundant. Holden is investing large sums into the Insignia name currently through the introduction of the performance VXR variant. The Insignia would move to become Holden’s bread-and-butter, and the Commodore would sit atop the lineup. Think Chevrolet Malibu and Chevrolet Impala positioning.
Of course, everything here is still pure speculation, but is the most plausible scenario regarding the Commodore nameplate. Holden has yet to confirm the next Commodore is actually coming from Opel, but we expect to hear more on it once the 2016 VF Commodore Series II is released sometime this fall.
What we do know is the next Holden Commodore is already testing in Australia, and has been for some time. There may be a coupe variant on the way too, as Opel has trademarked the Monza name in the country merely weeks ago. Finally, to appease the RWD V8 crowd, a new sport car will be introduced to fill the shoes of the current beloved rear-wheel Commodore.