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This is the Holden Commodore Australia will not get

The discontinuation of the Holden Commodore means we will miss out on the updates introduced to the overseas Opel Insignia.

Holden’s decision to discontinue the Commodore means Australia will miss out on the just-revealed Insignia update shown overseas, which includes a new 169kW/350Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with cylinder deactivation.

Differentiating itself from the existing Holden Commodore, the new Opel Insignia wears a grille with active aero that can close at high speeds for improved aerodynamic efficiency.

Other exterior changes include LED headlights and an updated rear fascia including bumper and tail-lights.

Topping the revised line-up is the aforementioned 2.0-litre engine, which also features a nine-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel-drive system with torque vectoring, Brembo brakes and FlexRide adaptive suspension in top-spec GSi form.

In fact, the Insignia’s entire engine line-up has been trimmed in the update, with five options in total - two diesel offerings (a 90kW/300Nm 1.5- and upcoming 2.0-litre engine) and three petrol engines (the newly-introduced 2.0-litre, a detuned version outputting 147kW/350Nm and a 107kW/236Nm 1.4-litre engine).

Australia’s exiting Holden Commodore range however, featured two petrol choices (191kW/350Nm 2.0-litre four cylinder and 235kW/381Nm 3.6-litre V6) and a single 125kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel.

Holden last month decided to axe the Commodore after switching from local manufacturing to imported model in 2017.

The brand cited slow sales and a renewed focus on its SUVs, including the Equinox, Trailblazer, Acadia and Trax, as well as the Colorado ute.