It is only weeks away from an eagerly awaited launch but CARSguide has nabbed the new Holden Commodore VE ute.
The disguised SS ute had 18-inch alloys, dual exhausts and a modest body kit. It was caught on the Western Highway, returning from Daylesford, by eagle-eyed readers Jamie Smith and Lucy White.
The new range will be launched to the media in 12 days, the line-up including an entry base model SV6 and an SS V8. High-performance HSV models are expected next year.
Visually, the ute adopts the same features as the sedan from the A-pillars forward, but has total bespoked metal behind the front doors.
Unlike the Ford Falcon ute, the Commodore ute has a single side pressing for the ute tray and door frame.
The ute's tray appears slightly higher, which should mean a deeper tub to improve carrying capacity.
Outgoing Holden chairman Denny Mooney was a big fan of the VZ ute and believed there were potential export markets for a left-hand drive VE ute.
However, Holden remains tight-lipped about any export plans.
It is widely known that General Motors lacks a smaller car-based utility in its US product portfolio and is keen to add a smaller, more economical 'pickup.'