Future Models - Holden 2018 Commodore
Holden’s AWD-only Commodore Tourer revealed
Three’s company: Holden has completed the reveal of its all-imported Commodore line-up with the rugged Tourer body style, which will sit alongside the liftback sedan and Sportwagon offerings.
230kW/370Nm Tourer unveiled as Holden takes Commodore body styles to three
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5 April 2017
HOLDEN has unveiled its rugged Commodore Tourer high-rider that is set to
arrive early next year alongside its liftback sedan and Sportwagon siblings
with the Australian-exclusive 230kW/370Nm 3.6-litre V6 powerplant, all-wheel
drive (AWD) and, likely, a nine-speed automatic transmission.
A spiritual successor to the early-2000s Adventra – which was essentially a
jacked-up all-paw Commodore – the Tourer will also leverage a number of new
technologies found on the incoming rebadged Insignia range, including an
advanced twin-clutch torque vectoring system and switchable drive modes with a
Sport and off-road optimised option.
To distinguish the three, the Tourer will sport 20mm more ground clearance and
is longer than its Commodore Sportwagon brethren by 20mm.
Despite the increased length, the Tourer will feature the same interior volume
as the Commodore Sportwagon, which can swallow up to 1640 litres with the
40/20/40 split rear seats tucked away.
The Commodore Tourer will also wear unique off-road body cladding that is
denoted by a revised lower front fascia, black-coloured wheel arch protectors
and rugged rear diffuser treatment, as well as sharing the Sportwagon’s design
flourishes of a roof-mounted spoiler and subtle roof rails.
Also shared with the Sportwagon, the Tourer will arrive with a power tailgate,
heated seats front and rear, cooled front seats and active noise cancellation,
along with a suite of safety features such as autonomous emergency braking,
adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward
collision alert and rear cross-traffic alert.
Holden product communications manager Mark Flintoft confirmed to GoAuto that
the Tourer would only feature one engine, saying “for now, it’s a V6 only”,
meaning the high-riding wagon will miss out on the turbocharged 2.0-litre
four-cylinder petrol and diesel powertrains available in the Commodore sedan
Mr Flintoft also said the Tourer will eschew a front-wheel-drive option, at
least for now.
“For the moment, its all-wheel drive,” he said. “It’s obviously kind of a
country offering so, I guess almost an SUV alternative, so yes, it’s all-wheel
drive at the moment.”
Mr Flintoft also confirmed the Tourer will launch locally in the first quarter
next year, side-by-side with the liftback and wagon Commodores, where it will
be pitched against other rugged AWD mid-sized wagons including the Subaru
Outback, Volkswagen Passat Alltrack and Skoda Octavia Scout, as well as a the
more premium Audi A4 Allroad.