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Hot V8 wagon unleashed

2007-10-17 07:27
Imagine the fire power of the Chev Lumina bundled up in the practicality of a station wagon? Well, you don't have to look too far - a wagon version is being shown at the Australia Motor Show.

Unveiled at Sydney, the concept wagon previews the Holden VE Commodore Sportwagon that is due to hit Holden showrooms in the first half of next year. The Holden Commodore is sold as the Chevrolet Lumina in South Africa.

The wagon will be the third derivative and follows the unveiing of the sedan and ute versions released earlier this year. It also shares its wheelbase with the two.

The features list is somewhat altered as the wagon has a wide rear opening and a tailgate that extends into the roofline. This also reduces the space required to open the tailgate.

In addition, the wagon has a fairly high cargo floor and, for extra security, a flexible storage cover.

And of course, given its dimensions, it also has seating for five adults, while the 60/40 split rear bench allows for the carting of taller items.

However, the model on display also shows off some pimpable qualities. It is equipped with a roof-mounted DVD player, Bluetooth capability, front and rear park assist, 20-inch alloy wheels, chrome window trim and a bespoke interior colour package.

As with the sedan and ute, the wagon is powered by a brutish V8, but has added flex-fuel capabilities and an active fuel management system that switches off cylinders under light load conditions to improve fuel economy.

GMSA has confirmed that there are no plans to import the production version to South Africa.

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