Holden Sportwagon debuts in Australia
Unique features abound in the new model. The rear gate opens much wider than you might expect thanks to a tailgate hinge positioned well into the roof, which also helps reduce the space necessary to open the rear gate. A high cargo floor makes loading easier, while a 60/40 split in the rear seat makes it simple to accomoate larger cargo. Inside, the Sportwagon features a roof-mounted DVD player, Bluetooth capability, multi-function driver information display system, and front and rear park-assist systems standard.
Seating for five adults makes the car a legitimate people-mover, whether for family or work use. The show vehicle also features a V8 with Active Fuel Management (AFM) and E85 Flex Fuel capability. AFM allows the engine's computer to shut off come cylinders under light load conditions to conserve fuel. The AFM and E85 technologies are intended as a showcase of GM's capabilities - providing a fuel-efficient vehicle that doesn't sacrifice performance.
As in any car destined for family use, safety is a primary concern. The VE Sportwagon features Holden's proprietary ESP standard, as well as all the safety options available on the Commodore sedans.
As the car moves closer to production, more details, such as pricing, powertrain options, and model line-up will be announced. Until then, it's a safe bet that the Sportwagon line will mirror the sedan's range from entry-level to sports models to the luxurious VE Calais V-Series.