It wasn't that long ago that Holden's Commodore had nothing less than a V6 engine driving the rear wheels. With the conclusion of its long and illustrious run as a locally-built car, all bets were off. For the first time since the early 1980s, you could buy a four-cylinder Commodore. And for the first time ever you get a turbocharged engine. And now - the horror - a diesel.

The lack of diesel engine was always a bit of a puzzler given towing is part of the Commodore's mythology, but there we are. The diesel is available in the Commodore sedan ($36,690), wagon ($38,890) and Calais sedan ($43,990). Each model is around $3000 more than the equivalent petrol.

Under the bonnet of all three is a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel packing 125kW/400Nm. They're all front-wheel drive, with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The diesel will tow the same 1800kg as the four-cylinder petrol but will use 5.6L/100km on the combined cycle, 1.9 litres less than the unleaded version.

As with the rest of the range, the diesel Commodores have a maximum five star ANCAP safety rating.