GM Holden Confirms Diesel Commodore Within 18 Months
By Chris Haak
According to Australian website GoAuto, GM’s Holden subsidiary in Australia is expected to offer the same 2.9 liter V6 turbodiesel (pictured) that GM will also offer in the Cadillac CTS in Europe (and possibly/likely in the US as well) in its VE platform vehicles. Among others, these include the Commodore, which is the vehicle that became the Pontiac G8 in the US.
Of course, since GM North America needs to improve fleet fuel economy, and because the G8 is built in Australia alongside the Commodore, it seems like a reasonable assumption that the G8 may eventually offer the same engine as an option. The V6 diesel’s output is approximately 250 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque.
The same article said that it expects the South African-built (and Australia-sold) Hummer H3 to offer the same engine at some point.
Even more interesting would be whether GM took a play from Audi’s playbook and fitted the upcoming 4.5 liter Duramax V8 turbodiesel into a high-performance HSV variant of the Commodore or G8. This “Baby Duramax” is intended for light duty trucks and SUV such as the Suburban/Tahoe/Yukon and half ton pickups, and is designed to fit into the space occupied by a small block Chevy V8. Imagine this engine, which will produce “at least” 310 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque in a sporty car!
I’m all for consumer choice and fuel-saving technology, so I hope to see more powertrain diversity from GM and others in the coming years. High economy/high performance diesels sound like a great combination.
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