Holden was so busy ensuring it could one-up rival Ford’s Falcon with continued, substantial improvements to the Holden Commodore that is really missed the boat with regards to consumers’ shifting vehicle tastes.
Like almost everywhere around the world, SUVs and crossovers have boomed to become not just a side dish, but the main course for many automakers’ profits. Holden? It’s had just the Colorado 7 (now the Trailblazer) and the Captiva 5 and 7 while rivals flood Aussie shores with CUVs of all sizes.
The 2018 Holden Acadia and 2018 Holden Equinox are prepared to remedy the brand’s lack of utility vehicles, however, and Holden recently gave local journalists a go in the upcoming vehicles. Per the brand, each passed challenging terrains and typical Australian conditioning tests with flying colors after the softer, floatier American tuning was done away with.
“SUVs are more popular than ever and the segment just keeps on growing,” said Holden’s Director of Communications, Sean Poppitt.
“Where once SUVs were seen as just the typical ‘soccer mum’ car, or for outback off-road adventures only, that’s no longer the case. Aussies love their SUVs and Holden is primed to launch two all-new SUVs into the market by 2018 in the Equinox and Acadia.”
The 2018 Holden Acadia, which will be built and exported from the Spring Hill, Tennessee plant, will become Holden’s more luxurious full-size flagship SUV, and the 2018 Holden Equinox will become a mid-size replacement for the Captiva 5. Holden expects the Equinox to arrive in December of this year, while the Acadia will join the Holden lineup in early 2018.