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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 $31,400 up to Calais V at $54,230.

Holden Calais Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Holden Calais varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $31,400 and going to $54,230 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 $31,400 $52,250
2020 Wagon 3.6L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $35,700 $54,230
2019 Hatchback 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $20,600 $45,320
2019 Wagon 3.6L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $23,100 $47,080
2018 Hatchback 2.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $17,100 $35,090
2018 Wagon 3.6L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $19,100 $34,210
2017 Hatchback 2.0L, Diesel, 8 SP AUTO $17,500 $31,020
2017 Sedan 3.6L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $17,700 $60,720
2017 Wagon 3.6L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $18,200 $42,900
2016 Sedan 3.6L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $16,100 $37,730
2016 Wagon 3.6L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO $18,200 $36,740
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Holden Calais Interior

Shown above are interior details for the Holden Calais 2019.

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
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Holden Calais Q&As

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

  • Why is the paint in the drain channels on the roof of my 2018 Holden Calais peeling off?

    This is an ongoing concern for owners of cars that were built in places that simply don’t have the UV radiation levels we experience in Australia. And, yes, I know your car is a Holden Calais, but the ZB model you own was actually built in Europe and is a fully imported car. That said, even local car-makers have had an awful time over the years trying to get their paint to last in the Aussie sun.

    However, I don’t believe that a 2018 car should be showing signs of paint degradation this early, so I think you’d have a very chance of making a warranty claim to have the problem put right. Even though Holden no longer exists as a brand, its parent company still has an obligation to provide parts and service (and warranty) for the next few years. That said, there’s not much in it for General Motors to keep you happy as you won’t be a repeat Holden customer (since the brand is gone).

    But it’s definitely worth a try and if you don’t get any satisfaction from head office’s customer service division, I’d be talking to the ACCC (what used to be Consumer Affairs) to see if a resolution can be found. It’s difficult to diagnose problems by remote control, but if the paint is peeling in a very specific section (the drain channels) rather than randomly on the roof, then it would seem as though there might have been a production problem when the roof was painted. If that’s the case, what’s left of Holden should put it right.

     

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  • What gearbox can I use in my 2007 Holden Calais?

    The five-speed automatic in your Calais is a bit of an odd one, Mark, as it was only used for a handful of years and only in the high-feature 3.6-litre V6. Holden switched the car to a six-speed automatic in September 2009, so technically, that would be possible to fit to your car. As with a lot of these things, however, it’s not as simple as finding a gearbox and bolting it in. Modern engineering dictates that the five-speed and six-speed transmissions, while physically similar, may have featured bigger differences in terms of the information they fed to the car’s on-board computer and the program within that computer that, in turn, told the gearbox what to do next.

    At the very least, you’d need the electronic transmission-control module to make the six-speed work and possibly some changes to sensors and wiring. Even then, you might find that your speedometer needs recalibration. Unlike the good old days when the transmission was simply a set of gears, a modern transmission these days is a much more sophisticated piece of equipment and does a much more complex job.

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  • How much is a used 2006 Holden Calais worth?

    The prices of second-hand cars have sky-rocketed recently due to a lack of supply. People are simply not selling their old cars at the usual rate (as trade-ins and private sales) so the laws of supply and demand apply. That is; more demand plus less supply equals higher prices. This phenomenon has been most strongly felt in the case of locally-made Holdens and Fords, perhaps because of nostalgia and the `they don’t make ‘em any more’ factor. Either way, it’s true that the second-hand Holden Calais that cost $6000 this time last year can be worth almost double that now.

    With just 120,000km showing, your car is a relatively low-mileage example and the fact that it’s a V8 is good news. Beyond that, however, you haven’t given me much to go on. For a start, 2006 was a change-over year for Holden models; the VZ left showrooms and the new VE model entered. The difference between a VZ and VE in price is significant, particularly in V8 form. I’d also need to know whether your car is a Calais V. All those things have a bearing on value.

    For the record, though, a VE Calais sedan in good condition with similar kilometres to yours would probably be advertised for around the $14,000 mark or even more. And that’s almost twice what it was worth just a year ago.

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  • Why is water coming into the passenger side of my 2006 Holden Calais?

    The prime suspect for this is a blocked vent that normally funnels condensation from the air-conditioning system to the outside of the car. If this vent becomes blocked or split, the condensation can enter the cabin. Other possibilities include a damaged heater matrix which can leak coolant into the cabin or a sunroof with blocked drainage channels that can also leak into the vehicle.

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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
Shown above are boot space details for the Holden Calais 2019.