OFF the back of welcoming the Astra and Cascada convertible variants, Holden is preparing to launch its first turbocharged all-wheel drive performance sedan in the new Insignia VXR.
The Insignia VXR will be priced from $51,990 plus on roads when it rolls into dealerships next month.
Like the Astra and Cascada, the Insignia comes from the Opel stable which is also under the General Motors umbrella. It was launched here a couple of years back with an Opel badge, but now the Insignia will feature the Holden Lion.
Built in Russelsheim, Germany, Insignia VXR features a 2.8-litre V6 turbocharged engine which, when partnered with a six- speed automatic transmission, delivers 239kW of power and 435Nm of torque.
The vehicle will introduce three new technologies to Holden, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Change Alert and Auto Emergency Braking, which join numerous other features such as Adaptive Forward Lighting, Blind Spot Alert and FlexRide Suspension.
Insignia offers three performance settings; Standard, Sport and VXR, allowing drivers to customise the vehicle's performance features such as responsive accelerator and gear change, sport steering, firmer sports suspension and a greater rear bias AWD setting.
Holden's Peter Keley said Insignia VXR was an exciting and fitting addition to the Holden range.
"Performance and great to drive have always been part of Holden's DNA. Add to this a German designed and engineered AWD performance sedan, loaded with equipment, and you have one very exciting vehicle," Mr Keley said.
"The Holden Insignia VXR is visually stunning with great road presence, exceptional build quality and breathtaking performance, all at an incredibly competitive price.
"This car is sure to make customers who are looking for a true performance mid-size sedan take a serious look at this latest Holden.
"It is further evidence that Holden is serious about our future product strategy. Insignia VXR is a very exciting taste of things to come."
Basic features include 20-inch alloy wheels, heated Recaro leather-appointed front sports seats, front and rear park assist, rear view camera, dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers and lights, sat nav, MyLink touch-screen entertainment system and digital cluster with 18cm display.
It will be available in white, black, blue and silver. The three latter colours are all regarded as "prestige", which attracts a $550 price premium.
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