MIMS: Sportwagon hits the market at sedan plus $1000

Holden has aggressively priced its seven-model Sportwagon range, officially launched in Melbourne today

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Holden's handsome VE Sportwagon was unveiled in production form at today's opening of the Melbourne International Motor Show (MIMS). And the General is not taking any prisoners when it comes to value for money -- available in the corresponding trim levels to its sedan counterpart, the wagon demands a slim $1000 margin and includes six airbags, stability control and rear park assist across the range.

The Sportwagon was first unveiled in concept form at last October's Australian International Motor Show (AIMS) in Sydney. Holden announced the full variant line-up in January (more here), but has kept quiet on pricing and equipment levels until now.

Kicking off at $37,790 for the Omega variant, the seven-model VE Sportwagon range includes SV6, SS and SS V sports models and is topped by a bells-and-whistles V8-powered six-speed auto Calais V which sells at $60,290. The Calais V is the most expensive wagon Holden has ever offered.

Holden is championing the fact the midrange $41,290 Berlina Sportwagon hits the market at $5600 less than its VZ equivalent. This is before taking into account the VE's stability control, rear park sensors and six airbags, the company opines.

In introducing the new Sportwagon range GM Holden's Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, Alan Batey, said: "The extended VE range offers real choices in practicality and flexibility to both the business buyer and Aussie families".

"The Australian market is becoming increasingly challenging and at Holden we believe the VE Sportwagon's pricing, sedan-like handling and stylish design will ensure it has the competitive edge it needs to succeed in its segment," he said.

The Sportwagon models offer essentially the same powertrain combinations as the current VE sedan range.

The Omega base model features Holden's 3.6-litre 180Kw/330Nm Alloytec V6 coupled with a four-speed auto box. The SV6 and Calais step the V6 up to 195kW/340Nm with five-speed auto box. SS, SS V and Calais V models feature Holden's 270kW/530Nm 6.0-litre Gen IV V8 variously coupled to manual and automatic six-speed gearboxes. The Calais V is also available with a V6.

A full specification and pricing rundown follows

 

 

Holden VE Sportwagon range: prices and specifications

Omega: priced from $37,790

  • 3.6-litre Alloytec V6, peak power 180kW, peak torque 330Nm, four-speed automatic
  • Electronic Stability Program including Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic
    Brakeforce Distribution, Electronic Brake Assist and Traction Control
  • Four 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Multifunction driver display
  • Cruise control
  • Rear Park Assist
  • Automatic headlamp mode
  • Single disc CD player
  • Dual stage front airbags; side and curtain impact airbags

Berlina: priced from $41,290
Includes Omega standard features plus:

  • Four 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Front fog lamps
  • Leather wrap steering wheel
  • Trip computer with triple display
  • Bluetooth connectivity for compatible mobile phones
  • Six-disc in-dash CD player, MP3-compatible
  • Four-way electric adjustment of driver's seat
  • Dual zone electronic climate control
  • Six-inch multifunction display screen

SV6: priced from $42,290
Standard features include:

  • 3.6-litre High Output Alloytec V6, peak power 195kW, peak torque 340Nm, five-speed automatic with Active Select
  • Sports suspension
  • Four 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather wrap steering wheel
  • Bluetooth connectivity for compatible mobile phones
  • Single disc CD player
  • Sports interior
  • Sports body kit
  • Dual exhaust
  • Chrome highlights
  • Rear Park Assist

SS: priced from $46,290 (manual) and $48,290 (auto)
Standard features include:

  • 6.0-litre V8, peak power 270kW, peak torque 530Nm, six-speed manual or automatic with Active Select
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Sports suspension
  • Four 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Bluetooth connectivity for compatible mobile phones
  • Six-disc in-dash CD player, MP3 compatible
  • Sports front seats
  • Rear Park Assist

SS V: priced from $53,790 (manual) and $55,790 (auto)
Includes SS standard features plus:

  • Projector headlamps
  • Alloy-faced pedals
  • Four 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather wrap gear selector
  • Leather wrap sports profile steering wheel
  • Leather seat inserts
  • Dual zone electronic climate control
  • 6.5-inch multi-function display screen
  • Zone based Rear Park Assist

Calais: priced from $46,790
Standard features include:

  • 3.6-litre High Output Alloytec V6, peak power 195kW, peak torque 340Nm, five-speed automatic with Active Select
  • Four 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather wrap gear selector
  • Leather wrap steering wheel
  • Trip computer with triple display
  • Bluetooth connectivity for compatible mobile phones
  • Projector headlamps
  • Six-disc in-dash CD player, MP3-compatible
  • Six-way electric adjustment of driver's seat
  • Dual zone electronic climate control
  • 6.5-inch multi-function display screen
  • Zone based Rear Park Assist

Calais V: priced from $55,290 (195kW V6) and $60,290 (270kW V8)
Includes Calais standard features plus:

  • Four 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Chrome finish body side mouldings
  • Chrome highlights on exterior door handles
  • Leather wrap sports profile steering wheel
  • Zone based Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • Rear overhead DVD
  • Eight-way driver and front passenger seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Memory settings for driver seat & exterior mirrors


Holden VE Sportwagon range: factory options
Leather seat inserts (Berlina, Calais, SV6, SS) -- $2500
Six-disc CD stacker (Omega, SV6) -- $595
Satellite Navigation, turn-by-turn -- $1290
Satellite Navigation, Full colour mapping -- $1990
Full-size spare wheel and tyre (Omega, Berlina, SV6, SS, SS V, Calais, Calais V) -- $250
Leather trim, eight-way front seats (Calais) -- $3000
FE2 Sports suspension (Omega, Berlina, Calais, Calais V) -- $330 (plus mandatory fit LSD see below)
Limited Slip Diff -- $360
Overhead DVD player (all models except Omega. Standard on Calais V) -- $1290
Metallic paint -- $400

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