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2018 Holden Commodore pricing: German import undercuts Aussie-made predecessor

It’s been a long build up to this point but Holden has taken one final step towards the release of the 2018 Holden Commodore by today announcing the pricing for the entire range ahead of its showroom debut in February.

The car looks great, some of the early drive experiences have been reported as quite positive, but the price is critical here – take a look at the experience of Toyota. The imported Camry is now more expensive than the outgoing Australian Made model, Holden couldn’t afford that to be the case for the iconic Commodore brand.

Looking at drive-away pricing, the base model Commodore LT is just shy of $4,000 cheaper than the outgoing VF model, on RRP it’s under $2,000.

The features and inclusions in just the base model are impressive, with several huge jumps in technology and safety up the range.

Holden Commodore LT is the new name for the base model, moving up to the RS, Calais and sporty VXR.

In 2018 the Commodore comes in two body types and three variants, the “Sedan” is now a “liftback”, while the Sportwagon comes in standard and “Tourer” models (the Tourer is a “high-ride” variant).

Most importantly, and perhaps controversially, there’s no V8 and there’s no rear-wheel drive either. A 2.0l turbo engine powers the base model, with a diesel available for an extra $3,000, or the 3.6l V6 variant offering the power and performance mode many Aussies are searching for, albeit minus two important cylinders.

Looking for grip? Try the all-wheel-drive models in Calais and RS, or the all-sport VXR to tempt the previous SS owners.

LT model kicks off the pricing at $33,690, while the RS begins at $37,390. Calais trim comes at $40,990 jumping up to $55,990 for the Commodore VXR.

Standard equipment includes a 9-speed automatic transmission, push button start, remote start, the Holden Eye safety camera which enables Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assistance, Lane Departure Warnings and a Following Distance indicator – while commonplace in many cars today, Commodore owners from 5 and 10 years ago will be blown away by this stuff.

Then there’s the self-parking, rear-view camera and the 7-inch touch-screen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

Kicking up into the range there’s more features like blind spot assistance, rear cross-traffic alert, a larger infotainment display, Siri eyes-free for iPhone, Wireless phone charging and the amazing LED Matrix Headlights.

All the pricing and features are below – we’ll have full reviews of the entire range over the months ahead.

2018 HOLDEN COMMODORE PRICING – RRP

Liftback (sedan)

LT 2.0-litre turbo * $33,690
Calais 2.0-litre turbo * $40,990
Calais-V V6 AWD $51,990
RS 2.0-litre turbo $37,390
RS V6 AWD $40,790
RS-V V6 AWD $46,990
VXR V6 AWD $55,990

Sportwagon

LT 2.0-litre turbo * $35,890
RS 2.0-litre turbo $39,490
RS-V V6 AWD $49,190

Tourer (high-ride)

Calais Tourer V6 AWD $45,990
Calais-V Tourer V6 AWD $53,990

* diesel available – $3,000 premium

2018 HOLDEN COMMODORE PRICING – DRIVEAWAY PRICING

Liftback (sedan)

LT 2.0-litre turbo $35,990
RS 2.0-litre turbo $38,990
RS V6 AWD $42,490

Tourer (high-ride)

Calais Tourer V6 AWD $47,990

2018 HOLDEN COMMODORE SPECIFICATIONS

LT: Commodore and Commodore Sportwagon

• 2.0-litre turbo engine
• 9-speed automatic transmission
• 17-inch alloy wheels
• Auto headlamps with LED Daytime Runnings Lights
• LED tail lights
• Passive Entry and Push-button Start
• Remote Start
• Holden Eye Forward Facing Camera
o Autonomous Emergency Braking
o Lane Keep Assist
o Lane Departure Warning
o Following Distance Indicator
o Forward Collision Alert with Head-Up Warning
• Advanced Park Assist (semi-automatic parking)
• Rear View Camera. Front and Rear Park Assist
• Rain Sensing Wipers
• Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 7-inch high-resolution colour touch-screen display
o Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto phone projection
o Full iPod® integration including Siri Eyes Free
• Cruise Control
• Leather Steering Wheel
• 8-way Power Driver Seat
• 60/40 split-folding rear seats
• Spacesaver spare wheel
• Diesel engine option

RS features over LT: Commodore and Commodore Sportwagon

• 18-inch alloy wheels
• Sports body kit
• Sports front seats
• Side Blind Zone Alert
• Rear Cross Traffic Alert
• Leather sport steering wheel
• Rear lip spoiler
• Handsfree power tailgate (Sportwagon only)

RS-V features over RS: Commodore and Commodore Sportwagon

• 3.6-litre V6 AWD engine
• 9-speed automatic transmission
• Adaptive AWD with electric LSD
• Hi Per Strut Suspension
• Rear Sports Fascia
• Wireless phone charging
• Ambient Lighting
• Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 8-inch high-resolution colour touch-screen display
o Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto phone projection
o Full iPod® integration including Siri Eyes Free
o Embedded Satellite Navigation
o DAB+
• 8-inch colour cluster screen
• Colour Head-up display
• Leather appointed seat trim
• Heated front seats
• Sports steering wheel with paddles

VXR features over RS-V: Commodore

• 20-inch alloy wheels
• Continuous Damping Control – Magic Ride suspension
• Brembo brakes (front)
• Sunroof
• Alloy pedals
• VXR sill plates
• LED Matrix Headlights
• 360-degree camera
• Adaptive cruise control
• Performance leather sports seats
• Ventilated front seats
• Heated rear seats
• BOSE premium audio

Calais features over LT: Commodore and Tourer

• 18-inch alloy wheels
• Leather appointed seat trim
• Heated front seats
• Wireless phone charging
• Side Blind Zone Alert
• Rear Cross Traffic Alert
• Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 8-inch high-resolution colour touch-screen display
o Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto phone projection
o Full iPod® integration including Siri Eyes Free
o Embedded Satellite Navigation
o DAB+
• 4.2-inch colour cluster screen
• 3.6-litre V6 AWD engine (Tourer only)
• Adaptive AWD with electric LSD (Tourer only)
• High-ride suspension (Tourer only)
• Handsfree power tailgate (Tourer only)

Calais-V features over Calais: Commodore and Tourer

• 3.6-litre V6 AWD engine
• 9-speed automatic transmission
• Adaptive AWD with electric LSD
• 20-inch alloy wheels
• Rear lip spoiler
• LED Matrix head lights
• Electric sunroof
• 8-inch colour cluster screen
• Colour Head-up display
• 360-degree camera
• BOSE premium audio
• Massage driver seat
• Ventilated front seats
• Heated rear seats
• Sports steering wheel with paddles
• Panoramic sunroof (Tourer only)

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Galleon

    December 13, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Missed opportunity to retire the Commodore name.

  2. Ken harris

    December 16, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Be interesting to know if it’s capable of towing anything decent m , my old commodore 3’8 eco tech could tow 2200 kg with a fairly decent ball weight , ,I wonder if this glorified OPEL will cut the mustard

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