Opel Insignia Sports Tourer Makes Jump Down Under As Holden Commodore Sportwagon
Earlier this month, Opel revealed the Insignia Sports Tourer, leading to speculation as to whether the United States would eventually receive it in the form of a Buick Regal Wagon. The other burning question that it raised: would the Insignia Sports Tourer be rebadged as a Holden Commodore and sold in Australia? Yes. Yes, it absolutely would.
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The Holden Commodore Sportwagon “has emerged from the gym; trim, toned, and beautifully presented,” notes Holden’s press release. So where does the Commodore Sportwagon work out? Is it doing a bodybuilder split or focusing mostly on cardio? Does it prefer the Romanian or sumo style of deadlift? So many questions.
The Holden Commodore Sportwagon will be offered with a powertrain lineup that matches that of the NG Commodore: “four-cylinder petrol and diesel options, alongside the flagship V6 model with 230 kW and 370 Nm, world-first ‘Twinster’ all-wheel drive system, and nine-speed transmission for the first time ever in a Holden.” The flagship V6 will also be offered with Stop-Start technology and active fuel management for better fuel efficiency.
The next-gen Commodore Sportwagon will be up to 200 kilograms lighter, and it will be offered in liftback and sportwagon body styles. Its adaptive suspension will provide three different driving modes—Tour, Standard, and Sport—and it will be offered with driver assistance technologies up to and including Autonomous Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
The Holden Commodore Sportwagon/Opel Insignia Sports Tourer will debut in earnest at the Geneva Motor Show on March 7. Holden anticipates that sales of the Commodore Sportwagon will begin in 2018.
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