2018 Holden Commodore is the Australian Insignia Grand Sport with a V6 image

Not long after General Motors’ Opel/ Vauxhall divisions revealed the all-new Insignia Grand Sport, the Australian brother – the Holden Commodore – has also arrived.

While purists will long for the days when the Commodore had its own bespoke architecture with rear-wheel drive, Holden still considers the new one as the “most advanced Commodore ever,” using the all-new platform underpinning the Insignia Grand Sport – and also set to be used by the Buick Regal. The version for the Land Down Under will be introduced early in 2018 and will arrive with ample power from the get go, thanks to the use of a naturally-aspirated V6 3.6-liter engine packing a meaty 308 horsepower (230 kilowatts) and 273 pound-feet (370 Newton-meters) of torque. The outgoing version of the engine lacks some 27 hp (20 kW) and 15 lb-ft (20 Nm) compared to the new one. The new Commodore in this version will also feature a standard all-wheel-drive system and a nine-speed automatic transmission, for the first time ever fitted to a Holden.

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The switch to a new architecture will have its perks – the successor to the RWD Commodore will discard some 441 pounds (200 kilograms) and will arrive in liftback and wagon body styles. More affordable versions will have front wheel drive and a range of turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline and diesel engines – as well as all the perks found in the Insignia Grand Sport, from torque vectoring to FlexRide chassis to head-up display, matrix LED headlights, eight-inch infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration or a power liftgate for the wagon.