The next-gen Holden Commodore is going to be a very different car to the one that came before it in a lot of ways. But it'll also have a bit of a hat-tip to the early 2000s: the just-announced Commodore Tourer will be a rugged, lifted wagon in the vein of 2003's Adventra crossover.
Like the Adventra — an unloved car clearly before its time, given Australia's modern-day obsession with SUVs — the Commodore Tourer will be all-wheel drive, but it's not immediately clear if that also means the car will only be offered with the evolved version of the 3.6-litre V6 currently being used in the VFII Commodore and with Holden's 9-speed auto currently in development. It's practical-looking, courtesy of those blacked-out fascia and wheel arch protective covers.
The Tourer is predominantly a styling upgrade over the regular Sportswagon — it's 20mm longer, or a full 110mm longer than the Commodore sedan. With an extra 20mm of suspension travel, it should be a little more capable off-road, where you can show off what Holden is calling its "bush-walk meets fashion week" styling. As well as that suspension bump, the Tourer also has 40/20/40 split rear seats so should be a little more versatile for hauling cargo.
The Opel Insignia Grand Sport — the car that will soon be coming to Australian shores badged as the Holden Commodore — has been launched in Europe. Early reception of its driving dynamics is good, and that's a positive start for a vehicle that will have to be spectacular to impress the stalwarts that know the Commodore as a rear-drive, tyre-shredding V8 monster.