2018 Holden Commodore SS/VXR unveiled in Buick form – UPDATE

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UPDATE: Two glossy new marketing images have made their way online, published by Russian site AutoWP. The images reveal a crisp view of the new model’s front, and of its more sports-inspired cabin. This article is otherwise unchanged.


May 1, 2017: Here it is, folks. In line with our computer generated images, images of the Buick Regal GS, which is based on the Opel Insignia, have been leaked on a Chinese automotive website.

The Regal GS body design will mimic the Insignia VXR, which is the car that will wear a badge signifying its sporty presence in the Commodore line-up.

Holden is yet to confirm what the SS Commodore replacement will be called, but we do know it’s almost certainly going to share its design with the Regal GS.

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The sporty Commodore model will be powered by a naturally-aspirated 3.6-litre V6 engine that produces around 230kW of power and 370Nm of torque, sending that torque through a Twinster all-wheel drive system similar to the one fitted to the Ford Focus RS.

The big air inlets at the front and sculpted sections from the rear bumper help differentiate the SS/VXR model from ‘regular’ Commodore models.

Visible from the front is what appears to be a set of red Brembo brakes — similar to those currently fitted to the Commodore.

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Above: CarAdvice’s early pre-unveiling speculative render of the new Commodore in sports form. Pretty close!

China’s Buick Regal GS will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, meaning that Australia will be one of the few markets in the world to use a petrol V6 as the performance engine.

Holden is understood to have been involved with the initial design process of the Opel Insignia, ensuring characteristics relevant to Holden’s needs were included in the final product.

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What do you think of the design? Did Opel designers get it right?

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