Holden VF Commodore: Model by model

words - Marton Pettendy
Full pricing and equipment details announced for Holden’s vital new VF Commodore

It’s official: GM Holden has announced full specifications and pricing details for its crucial new VF Commodore sedan and Sportwagon line-up, which goes on sale on June 1.

Confirming leaks from last week’s Holden dealer conference and our exclusive report last month, Holden has confirmed price cuts of between $5000 and $9800 for the Commodore passenger car range.

Holden is yet to officially reveal that the upgraded long-wheelbase WN Caprice sedan will cost $10,000 less than before at $59,990 plus ORCs.

VF Ute pricing is also yet to be publicly announced but, as we’ve reported, prices will be axed by between $2500 (for the entry-level Evoke auto -- $32,990) and $5500, with the SV6 Ute to cost the same with a manual transmission.

The SS Ute will be $3500 cheaper from $38,990 plus ORCs, while the SS-V Ute will cost from $42,490 plus ORCs (down $5000) and V8 models will also be available in Redline guise for the first time, priced from $48,490 plus ORCs.

Even more generous price cuts have been applied to the volume-selling sedan and wagon range, with the facelifted entry-level Evoke – which has now been revealed for the first time and replaced both the VE Commodore Omega and Berlina – opening the range at $34,990 plus on-road costs (the same as the run-out VE Z Series sedan on the road with three years’ free servicing and a five-year warranty).

The $5000 base price cut follows recent reductions of up to $3500 for the MY14 Cruze and rewinds the clock to 2006, when Holden launched its billion-dollar VE Commodore with a starting price of $34,490 for the entry-level Omega sedan.

And it comes despite a range of new standard features, including electric steering with Auto Park Assist, which can steer the car into a parallel and right-angle parking spaces by itself, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, an automatic electric parking brake, dual-zone climate-control and a more upmarket interior.

Other new technologies fitted as standard on the Evoke and therefore across the VF range include an eight-inch high-resolution colour touch-screen with MyLink app-embedded technology including voice recognition and Siri Eyes Free integration, built-in apps like Pandora and Stitcher SmartRadio and full iPod integration.

Powered by a carryover 3.0-litre direct-injection SIDI V6 petrol engine, the Evoke also now comes with Hill Hold Control and Hill Start Assist, Trailer Sway Control and remote vehicle starting for automatic versions.

However, unlike Holden’s US export version, the Chevrolet SS, all VF Commodores will miss out on a full-width lower dashboard airbag designed to protect unrestrained front occupants in the event of a collision, because Holden says they would provide no extra safety to front-seat occupants wearing seatbelts.

“The VF range comes with six airbags as standard,” confirmed GM Holden Product Launch Communications Director, Craig Cheetham.

“Our colleagues in the US have confirmed that the (Chevrolet) SS will also feature knee airbags. This is to satisfy legal requirements in some US states around unrestrained passengers, and does not affect the crash performance or occupant safety of the VF Commodore where passengers are correctly wearing seatbelts. Where seatbelts are worn, knee impact is not a concern.”

Nor will the Evoke feature the LED daytime running lamps fitted as standard to all other models, and new technologies like Blind Spot Alert and Reverse Traffic Alert will costs $350 more for the base VF.

Next up in Holden’s slimmer VF Commodore range is the Calais sedan, which costs $8300 less at $39,990 plus ORCs and adds Blind Spot Alert, Reverse Traffic Alert, push-button starting and premium front and rear styling with chrome accents.

The top-shelf short-wheelbase Calais V sedan, powered by a 3.6-litre SIDI V6, will cost $46,990 plus ORCs (down $9800), with the 6.0-litre V8-powered version set at $52,990 (down $9000).

Exclusive Calais V equipment includes Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, a colour Head-up Display, heated front seats, electric eight-way powered driver’s seat, Bose premium sound, a sunroof and satellite-navigation with full colour mapping, live traffic updates and traffic management control.

The sports Commodore continues to include the 3.6-litre SV6 sedan at $35,990 (down $6800) and 6.0-litre V8 SS at $41,990 (down $5800), both fitted as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox, Blind Spot Alert, Reverse Traffic Alert, sports front and rear styling, side skirts, a lip spoiler and chromed exhaust outlets.

The Commodore SS V sedan will be $9800 more affordable at $45,490, with the extra $3500 adding 19-inch alloys, leather appointed seats, sat-nav, a multi-function driver information display and push-button starting.

Priced at $51,490 ($6300 less than before), the SS V Redline sedan adds Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Head-up Display, Brembo brakes, forged 19-inch alloys, an updated sports-tuned FE3 suspension package, Competition Mode with launch control and track settings and, for sedan models only, a premium Bose audio system and sunroof.

Missing from Australia’s upgraded Commodore but fitted as standard in North America’s Chevy SS, however, is the TAPshift steering wheel paddle shift system.

Auto-only Sportwagon models will bring the same savings as the VF sedan with a $2000 price premium continuing across the board, while prestige paint will be a $550 option for all models.

An automatic transmission will cost $2200 extra on sports models, which will also be available with a factory-fitted wing spoiler for a further $500, while satellite-navigation is standard from V-Series level but costs $750 extra for Evoke, SV6, SS and Calais customers, as does a sunroof ($1990) and leather-appointed seats ($1500 in the SV6).

VF Commodore production begins later this month and Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) will reveal full details of its VF Commodore-based GEN-F line-up on May 15, including the tyre-smoking new GTS powered by a supercharged 6.2-litre LSA V8 that produces 430kW/740Nm, making it Australia’s most powerful production car ever.

Standard Evoke sedan and Sportwagon features:

    3.0L SIDI V6 engine
    Six airbags
    Electronic stability/traction control
    Anti-lock braking system
    16-inch alloy wheels (4)
    Dual-zone climate-control
    Electric Power Steering (EPS)
    Auto Park Assist
    Automatic release electric park brake
    Hill Hold Control and Hill Start Assist
    Trailer Sway Control
    ISOFIX child seat anchorage system
    Remote vehicle start (automatic transmission only)
    Enhanced multi-function display (one colour)
    Holden MyLink Infotainment System
    Eight-inch high-resolution colour touch-screen display
    Embedded Apps including Pandora and Stitcher SmartRadio
    Single-CD player with MP3 capability
    Full iPod integration including Siri Eyes Free
    Touch-screen access for playlists, artist, albums, songs and genres
    Enhanced voice recognition: phone calls, radio, navigation, smartphone/iPod/MP3 or USB audio control
    Bluetooth audio streaming and auxiliary input jack

    Additional features for SV6 and SS sedan and Sportwagon:

    3.6L SIDI V6 engine (SV6)
    6.0-litre Gen IV V8 engine (SS)
    Front and rear sports fascia
    18-inch alloy wheels (4)
    LED daylight running lamps
    Sportec/cloth sports seats
    Lip spoiler (sedan only)
    Blind Spot Alert (option on Evoke)
    Reverse Traffic Alert (option on Evoke)
    Sports styling: front and rear sports fascia, side skirts
    Chrome exhaust tip

    Additional features for SS V sedan and Sportwagon over SS:

    Leather appointed seats
    19-inch alloy wheels
    Sensor key technology with push-button start
    Front foglights
    Colour digital instrument display: vehicle information menu, trip information menu, fuel economy menu, warning/messages
    Satellite-navigation with full colour mapping with live traffic updates, traffic management control and points of interest
    Footwell lamps
    Eight speakers
    DVD (playable only when stationary)

    Additional features for SS V Redline over SS V:
    Brembo brakes
    Forged 19-inch alloy wheels (4)
    Colour Head-up Display
    Forward Collision Alert
    Lane Departure Warning
    Updated FE3 sports tuned suspension
    Nine-speaker Bose premium audio (sedan only)
    Sunroof (sedan only)

    Additional Calais features over Evoke:
    3.6L V6 SIDI engine
    Leather-appointed seats
    18-inch alloy wheels (4)
    Chrome highlights
    Sensor key technology with push-button start
    Colour digital instrument display
    LED daylight running lamps
    Blind Spot Alert (option on Evoke)
    Reverse Traffic Alert (option on Evoke)
    Premium styling: front and rear premium fascia, chrome side door accent

    Additional Calais V features over Calais:
    Eight-way power driver seat
    19-inch alloy wheels (4)
    Lane Departure Warning
    Forward Collision Alert
    Colour Head-up Display
    Nine-speaker Bose premium audio (sedan only)
    Satellite-navigation with full colour mapping with live traffic updates, traffic management control and points of interest (option on Calais)
    Rain sensing wipers
    Heated front seats
    Sunroof (sedan only)
    DVD (playable only when stationary)

    Holden VF Commodore pricing (plus on-road costs:

      Evoke sedan (a) - $34,990 (-$5000)
      ?SV6 sedan - $35,990 (-$6800)
      ?SV6 sedan (a) - $38,190 (-$5600)
      ?Calais sedan (a) - $39,990 (-$8300)
      ?Calais V sedan (a) - $46,990 (-$9800)
      ??Calais V V8 sedan(a) - $52,990 (-$9000)
      ??SS sedan - $41,990 (-$5800)??
      SS sedan (a) $44,190 (-$5600)
      ??SS-V sedan - $45,490 (-$9800)??
      SS-V sedan (a) - $47,690 (-$9600)
      ?SS-V Redline sedan - $51,490 (-$6300)
      ?SS-V Redline sedan (a) - $53,690 (-$5600)??
      Evoke Sportwagon (a) - $36,990 (-$5000)
      ?SV6 Sportwagon (a) - $40,190 (-$5600)?
      SS Sportwagon (a) - $46,190 (-$3500)
      ?SS-V Sportwagon (a) - $49,690 (-$7600)?
      SS-V Redline Sportwagon (a) - $55,690 (new)?
      Calais Sportwagon (a) - $41,990 (-$8300)
      ?Calais V V6 Sportwagon (a) - $48,990 (-$9800)
      ?Calais V V8 Sportwagon (a) - $54,990 (-$9000)
      ??Evoke Ute (a) - $32,990 (-$2500)?
      SV6 Ute - $32,990 (-$5500)?
      SV6 Ute (a) - $35,190 (-$5500)
      ?SS Ute - $38,990 (-$3500)
      ?SS Ute (a) - $41,190 (-$3500)?
      SS-V Ute - $42,490 (-$5000)
      ?SS-V Ute (a) - $44,690 (-$5000)
      ?SS-V Redline Ute - $48,490 (new)
      ?SS-V Redline Ute (a) - $50,690 (new)

      VF Commodore options:
      Prestige paint - $550
      Automatic transmission - $2200 (Sports models only)

      Blind Spot Alert / Reverse Traffic Alert - $350
      Satellite-navigation - $750 (Available September 2013)

      SV6 :
      Satellite-navigation - $750
      Sunroof - $1990 (sedan only)
      Rear wing spoiler - $500 (sedan only)
      Leather-appointed seats - $1500

      Satellite-navigation - $750
      Sunroof - $1990 (sedan only)
      Rear wing spoiler - $500 (sedan only)

      Sunroof and Bose Audio Package - $2490 (sedan only)
      Rear wing spoiler - $500 (sedan only)

      SS-V Redline:
      Rear wing spoiler - $500 (sedan only)

      Satellite-navigation - $750

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Published : Friday, 10 May 2013
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