It’s said Holden spearheaded the campaign to bring performance to the next-generation Commodore, a compromise for ditching rear-wheel drive and a burly V8 engine. It looks like the Aussies will get their wish if new spy shots have anything to say.
Wheels has captured photos of the next-generation Vauxhall-Opel Insignia and Holden Commodore at the Nürburgring. Yes, a family sedan at the famed ‘ring. However, there are a few clues to give away its performance aspirations.
Notably, the tires. They’re low profile, and paired to current OPC-VXR wheels. There are also two oval exhaust pipes out back, suggesting something more potent under the bonnet. Opel and Holden may tweak the current 2.8-liter turbocharged V6, but the engine is quite old at this point. It’s possible the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 could shoehorn its way in. It’s likely that whatever engine sits under the hood will be sending power to all four wheels, too.
Also interesting is the hatchback profile. It remains to be seen if Holden will receive both a hatchback and sedan, or if there will be one bodystyle. A sedan has been spotted, and it’s likely the 2018 Buick Regal will stay sedan only, with a wagon variant to follow.
The Opel and Vauxhall will debut sometime this year, likely in Paris, while the Commodore hangs tight until local VF Commodores fizzle out at the end of 2017.