The next-generation Opel Insignia with a Holden badge is heading to Australia where it will have a beefy V6 version serving as the range topper.

[update] Opel has announced the new model will be called "Insignia Grand Sport" (like a Bugatti) and it will make its public debut in March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show. It's going to be up to 175 kg (385 lbs) lighter than the outgoing car, despite growing in size by 55 mm (2.1 inches).

Basically the Aussie version of the next-gen Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, the all-new Holden Commodore will arrive in the Land Down Under at the beginning of 2018. It will be available from day one in a strong flagship version rocking a naturally-aspirated 3.6-liter V6 engine pushing out 308 horsepower (230 kilowatts) and 273 pound-feet (370 Newton-meters) of torque channeled to an AWD setup with torque vectoring. Output will be delivered to the road with help from a nine-speed automatic transmission, representing a first for Holden.

By making the switch to the 2017 Insignia’s underpinnings, the new Commodore will shave off a whopping 200 - 300 kilograms (440 - 661 pounds) of weight, but as most of you know by now, the new platform will also mean a shift to a standard front-wheel drive layout. Lesser versions of the Commodore are going to be offered with turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline and diesel engines sending their power to the front axle.

2018 Holden Commodore teaser
2018 Holden Commodore teaser
2018 Holden Commodore teaser
2018 Holden Commodore teaser

Holden has plans to sell the next Commodore both as a liftback and as a wagon, with optional goodies such as an adaptive suspension, matrix LED headlights, and a head-up display. There’s also going to be a latest-gen infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

As far as the Insignia version for Europe is concerned, Autocar has learned that despite the drastic diet, the new midsize model will substantially grow in size. It's going to be 55 mm (2.1 inches) longer than its predecessor and its wheelbase will be stretched by a considerable 92 mm (3.6 inches). This will translate into more legroom for passengers sitting in the back and a larger trunk for all body styles.

The Euro-spec model with the Opel and Vauxhall badges will be available with a 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline unit, which is an evolution of the existing 1.4-liter, rated at 163 hp (121 kW) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) linked to a six-speed manual. This hardware will grant the midsize model from Rüsselsheim with a sprint to 62 mph (100 kph) in an estimated 8.5 seconds and onto a top speed of 130 mph (209 kph), also estimated. To get an idea about the car's weight, the prototype Autocar had the chance to test drive tipped the scales at around 1,400 kg (3,086 lbs).

There’s also going to be a turbocharged 2.0-liter unit with 247 hp (184 kW) mated as standard to an all-wheel drive setup and an eight-speed auto ‘box. Details regarding diesels are scarce at this point, but we do know these will have from 110 hp upwards, and let’s not forget there’s that spicy rumor about a new beefy biturbodiesel unit.

Opel will take the online wraps off the all-new Insignia in December and will have it on sale across the old continent from early 2017.

Source: Opel, Holden, Autocar

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