After much speculation, we're finally reaching the end of the road for the domestically produced Holden Commodore. As the 2017 Holden Commodore will be the last model year of this large four-door sedan, there have been a few changes. So, to find out what to expect from the last year of Commodore, here's an overview so you can decide if it's a good time to get one brand new while you still can.
Changes for 2017
Obviously there are not going to be big styling changes and upgrades to the engines and features of a car that's reaching the end of production. The usual way manufacturers go is to actually streamline a range in its last year, and that's sort of what Holden has done with the Commodore. The SS-V and Calais Sportwagon models have been discarded this time around, and lower-grade manual options have also been done away with so the manual gearbox is now the preserve of V-8-powered variants. However, what may surprise some is the fact some extra gear has been added to some models. The Commodore Calais now comes with navigation as standard, and the more premium Calais V gets a set of smart new 19-inch alloy wheels, a jet black interior, Calais lettering on the doors, new V sill plates, and even an SS-V Redline steering wheel.
The entry to the 2017 Commodore range is the Evoke, and from there the range of sedans goes onwards and upwards to the SV6. SS, SSV Redline, Calais and finally the Calais V. Then of course there are the Sportwagon versions, which in order are the Evoke, SV6, SS, SSV Redline and the Calais V. Prices start from $39,934 for the Evoke Sedan and go up as far as $55,809 for the Calais V Sportwagon, although for pricing and availability of SS and SSV Redline models you have to enquire.
Engines and Power
Part of what many of us love about the Commodore is the complete lack of weedy four-cylinder engines as the range is made up entirely of V-6s and V-8s. The Evoke gets a standard 3.0-litre V-6 that develops 185kW, while the V-6 in the SV6 is a 3.6-litre unit offering 210 kW. If you can get your hands on a V-8 you won’t be disappointed as it's the 6.2-litre LS3 from the Corvette that produces a very healthy 304 kW.
There's no such thing as an underpowered 2017 Holden Commodore, and there's no such thing as a sparsely equipped one either. Even the Evoke comes standard with features including: Holden MyLink Infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity and audio streaming, cruise control, enhanced multi-function display, rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control and plenty more besides. To be fair, Holden has pretty much maxed out the entire Commodore range as far as infotainment is concerned. The SSV Redline and Calais V sedans get an upgrade to a premium Bose nine-speaker audio system, but apart from that, every model gets the full complement of infotainment goodies as standard.
If you like your large sedan full-blooded and bristling with the latest features and equipment, be sure to get in touch with the folks at Peninsula Motor Group for more details on the 2017 Holden Commodore and to arrange a test drive.