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Opel and Holden follow Vauxhall in unveiling Insignia Grand Sport and new Commodore


With the Vauxhall version of its Insignia Grand Sport already in the open, General Motors' other major affiliates, Opel and Holden, have taken the wraps of their iterations with the latter donning the iconic Commodore nameplate Down Under.

Opel Insignia Grand Sport

Mainly differing from its Vauxhall sibling by virtue of the Opel blitz on the grille, additional details of the Grand Sport include a eight millimetre gain in head room despite the lowered roofline, boot space measuring between 490 to 1 450-litres and frameless IntelliLink infotainment system.

As with the Vauxhall, engine details of the Grand Sport remain under wraps with Opel stating that it will be made available with a "wide range of latest generation turbocharged engines next year". Similarly, a new eight-speed automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive will be optional on selected models.

The Insignia Grand Sport will make its official world premiere at next year's Geneva Motor Show in March.


Holden NG Commodore

Perhaps more importantly, and somewhat controversially, the Grand Sport based Commodore will break from tradition by eschewing its rear-wheel drive layout and V8 engine, for front or all-wheel drive with the biggest engine on offer being a 3.6-litre V6 developing 230 kW and 370 N.m of torque.

Other engines will consist of mainly 2.0-litre turbocharged units in both petrol and diesel, the latter again a Commodore first, with a GM-Ford developed nine-speed automatic box expected to be main stay on most versions.

Compared to the outgoing model's Aussie-developed RWD Zeta platform, which debuted in 2006 with the VE Commodore and also underpinned the current VF, the NG will use GM's Global FWD E2XX architecture that will cut weight by between 200 and 300 kg.

More details are expected to be unveiled closer to its 2018 launch date.

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