• Image Credit: Holden
  • Image Credit: Holden
  • Image Credit: Holden
  • Image Credit: Holden
  • Image Credit: Holden
  • Image Credit: Holden
The glorious era of rear-drive Holden Commodores is at an end. The model won't disappear, but the next generation, which will share its platform with the next-generation Opel Insignia, will be far removed from its predecessors. The new Commodore also goes on sale in early 2018, and will be the first Commodore ever imported to Australia.

This news comes directly from Holden, which issued a press release and photos of a camouflaged 2018 Commodore. It will be built in Germany alongside the new Insignia, and most of the engineering was done there as well. Holden does say it has been working closely with the German team to make sure it lives up to the Commodore name. And yes, the Buick Regal is also based on the Insignia, if by based you mean nearly identical.

The new range will start front wheel drive and 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines in both gasoline and diesel versions, and available as a sedan, hatchback or wagon. The top-of-the-line model will feature a gas V6 making 308 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. That V6 will also be coupled to a 9-speed automatic and a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. The nifty news here is that it features the same type of GKN rear-end as found in the Focus RS and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. However, Holden made no mention of a drift mode.

This news is also disappointing for fans of the Chevrolet SS who may have hoped Holden might get a new rear-drive model built outside of Australia that could underpin a new SS. Combined with slow sales, the future of the bow-tie brand's only rear-wheel-drive sedan looks even more grim.

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