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Holden Calais

Debuting in 1984 with the introduction of the third generation VK Commodore, the Calais represented a slightly more luxurious, yet still sporting version of one of Australia’s most iconic cars.

Along with the SS model, the Calais marked the debut of various technologies into the Commodore line over the ensuing years, including anti-lock braking (as an option) in 1992. It also offered customers the option of V8 power, right through to the fourth generation of VE and VF Commodores, where it was known as the Calais V in V8 form. 

The nameplate continues in Holden's switch to the fully imported ZB Commodore in 2018. The range stretches from Calais (base) at $40,990 up to Calais V at $53,990.

Holden Calais Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Holden Calais varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $40,990 and going to $53,990 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2020 Hatchback 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $40,990 $51,990
2020 Wagon 3.6L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $45,990 $53,990
2019 Hatchback 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $22,980 $45,320
2019 Wagon 3.6L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $23,100 $47,080
2018 Hatchback 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $18,300 $42,990
2018 Wagon 3.6L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $19,100 $42,990
2017 Wagon 6.2L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $21,990 $47,999
2017 Sedan 6.2L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $21,990 $69,965
2017 Hatchback 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $26,990 $34,990
2016 Sedan 3.6L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $16,100 $44,790
2016 Wagon 6.2L, PULP, 6 SP AUTO $16,888 $44,790
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Holden Calais Wheel Size

The Holden Calais has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 245x45 R18 for Hatchback in 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 18x8.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2020 Hatchback 245x45 R18 18x8.5 inches 245x45 R18 18x8.5 inches
2020 Wagon 245x45 R18 18x8.5 inches 245x45 R18 18x8.5 inches
2019 Hatchback 245x45 R18 18x8.5 inches 245x45 R18 18x8.5 inches
2019 Wagon 245x45 R18 18x8.5 inches 245x45 R18 18x8.5 inches
2018 Hatchback 245x45 R18 18x8.5 inches 245x45 R18 18x8.5 inches
2018 Wagon 245x45 R18 18x8.5 inches 245x45 R18 18x8.5 inches
2017 Hatchback 245x45 R18 18x8.5 inches 245x45 R18 18x8.5 inches
2017 Sedan 245x45 R18 18x8 inches 245x45 R18 18x8 inches
2017 Wagon 245x45 R18 18x8 inches 245x45 R18 18x8 inches
2016 Sedan 245x45 R18 18x8 inches 245x45 R18 18x8 inches
2016 Wagon 245x45 R18 18x8 inches 245x45 R18 18x8 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Holden Calais Wheel Sizes

Holden Calais Dimensions

The dimensions of the Holden Calais Hatchback, Wagon and Sedan vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2020 Hatchback 1455x1863x4897 mm 105 mm
2020 Wagon 1525x1863x5004 mm 105 mm
2019 Hatchback 1455x1863x4897 mm 105 mm
2019 Wagon 1525x1863x5004 mm 105 mm
2018 Hatchback 1455x1863x4897 mm 105 mm
2018 Wagon 1525x1863x5004 mm 105 mm
2017 Sedan 1476x1899x4900 mm 110 mm
2017 Wagon 1476x1899x4900 mm 110 mm
2017 Hatchback 1455x1863x4897 mm 105 mm
2016 Sedan 1476x1899x4900 mm 110 mm
2016 Wagon 1476x1899x4900 mm 110 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Holden Calais Dimensions

Holden Calais Fuel Consumption

The Holden Calais is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel, PULP and ULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 5.8L/100km for Hatchback /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2020 Hatchback 5.8L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2020 Hatchback 7.6L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2020 Wagon 9.1L/100km 3.6L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback 5.8L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2019 Hatchback 7.6L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2019 Wagon 9.1L/100km 3.6L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback 5.8L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2018 Hatchback 7.6L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2018 Wagon 9.1L/100km 3.6L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback 5.8L/100km 2.0L Diesel 8 SP AUTO
2017 Hatchback 7.6L/100km 2.0L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 9.5L/100km 3.6L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2017 Sedan 14.6L/100km 6.2L PULP 6 SP AUTO
2017 Wagon 9.1L/100km 3.6L PULP 9 SP AUTO
2017 Wagon 9.8L/100km 3.6L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2016 Sedan 9.5L/100km 3.6L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2016 Sedan 14.6L/100km 6.2L PULP 6 SP AUTO
2016 Wagon 9.8L/100km 3.6L ULP 6 SP AUTO
2016 Wagon 14.6L/100km 6.2L PULP 6 SP AUTO
* Combined fuel consumption See All Holden Calais Pricing and Specs for 2020

Holden Calais Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Holden Calais here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Holden Calais 2008: Does the timing belt need to be replaced?

    I think there’s a bit of confusion sneaking in here. Your Calais doesn’t have a timing belt, its engine is fitted with a timing chain instead. However, if it’s a V6 engine, then there’s every chance the timing chain does need to be replaced.

    This seems counter to conventional wisdom where a timing chain should last the entire life of the car. But in the case of the particular V6 we’re talking about, the chain was definitely a weak point and lots of Calais and Commodores have needed replacement chains. That was particularly true if the engine received less routine maintenance than the handbook stipulated.

    The first sign can be a rattle when the engine is started; sometimes you’ll get a check-engine light on the dashboard because the chain has stretched sufficiently to allow the camshafts and the crankshaft to become out of phase with each other. Either way, it’s new-chain time and you can expect to pay something like $2000 to have the job done, possibly more.

    Most workshops will be able to carry out this work and, when it comes to finding a local garage, word of mouth from friends and family is usually a good way to proceed.

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  • Do I need windscreen replacement coverage?

    If you happen to damage a windscreen you’ll have to use a genuine replacement ’screen. It can be fitted by a windscreen service, but if it needs to be calibrated they would have to send the car to a Holden dealer for that to happen. If you go ahead and buy the Calais make sure you’ve got windscreen replacement coverage on your insurance policy.

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  • Holden Calais 2014: What should I do about the safety recall on my car?

    Don’t stress yourself. Take it to your nearest Holden dealer and book it in to be fixed. There shouldn’t be any problem in having it attended to.

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  • Holden Calais 2019: Water leaking from exhaust

    Water vapour from the exhaust is common during the warm-up phase. It should stop after a short time of driving, but I wouldn’t be concerned about it.

     

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Holden Calais Towing Capacity

The Holden Calais has maximum towing capacity of 2100kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2020 Hatchback 1800kg 2100kg
2020 Wagon 2100kg 2100kg
2019 Hatchback 1800kg 2100kg
2019 Wagon 2100kg 2100kg
2018 Hatchback 1800kg 2100kg
2018 Wagon 2100kg 2100kg
2017 Hatchback 1800kg 2100kg
2017 Sedan 2100kg 2100kg
2017 Wagon 2100kg 2100kg
2016 Sedan 2100kg 2100kg
2016 Wagon 2100kg 2100kg
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Holden Calais Boot Space

The Holden Calais SUV has a boot space size of 793 Litres.
Holden Calais Boot space