Holden has confirmed plans to take on the Subaru Outback and Volkswagen Passat Alltrack with a high-riding Commodore Tourer wagon.
Following a well-established recipe, the machine blends all-wheel-drive traction with extra ride height and butch-looking bodywork additions to broaden the appeal – and practicality – of its next wagon.
In a move that may ruffle feathers over at HSV, Holden has elected to name its machine the Commodore Tourer, a moniker currently reserved for HSV’s Commodore-based, 430kW Tourer R8 LSA wagon. It’s not surprising that the brand elected against reviving the Adventra nameplate used by a previous and somewhat unloved attempt at a high-riding, all-wheel-drive Commodore.
And buyers are unlikely to be confused by HSV’s Tourer and an Opel-sourced, European-built machine that will have little in common with Australia’s fastest wagon.
Though it won’t offer a supercharged V8 engine, the new machine will offer technology that isn’t currently available in the Commodore range including active cruise control with autonomous emergency braking, active lane keeping assistance and all-wheel-drive.
On the inside, the top model in the Commodore range will also feature massaging seats, a power tailgate and active noise cancellation with technology similar to that used by expensive headphones preferred by frequent flyers.
Holden spokesman Sean Poppitt says the car combines “Australia’s love for SUVs with the practicality of a wagon and the driving appeal of a sedan”, while design director Richard Ferlazzo praised its blend of “style and robustness”.
The Commodore Tourer arrives locally in 2018.
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