The new Holden Commodore ZB has clearly been created with the family in mind but gone are the days of the rear-wheel drive, and V8 power. The new era of Commodores is upon us, with Holden taking a chance on an all-wheel-drive model powered by a V6 petrol engine.

The range launched with three different versions, a station wagon dubbed with the decidedly more trendy label of Sports Wagon, the Liftback, and a high riding station wagon they are calling the Tourer.

Powering the range will be the option of a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine, or a 3.6-litre V6 naturally aspirated petrol engine.

The LT 2.0 turbocharged petrol engine outputs 191kW of power with 350Nm of torque. The turbo-diesel engine is a $3000 option on all the LT range and is a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder outputting 125kW of power and 400Nm of torque. Economy wise the spec sheet reports 5.6L/100km.

The RS 2.0 litre turbo is available in Liftback or Sportswagon and can be ordered with a V6 all-wheel-drive (AWD) powertrain.

The RS-V is the sportier Commodore which is available in Liftback or Sportswagon, and a V6 powertrain as standard, but also includes HiPer strut suspension and a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system with a limited-slip differential.

At the luxury end of the range, the Calais makes its entry with a 2.0-litre turbo in diesel, or the top of the range Calais-V V6 AWD. Those who want the very best in what Commodore has to offer will be interested in the VXR V6 AWD.

Holden Commodore is synonymous with spacious interiors, and for the most part, the new Commodore delivers, as it sits squarely between the VT and VE models regarding head and leg room. Those coming from the previous models will notice less head and shoulder room, but there is still plenty of room for the knees.

The front of the cabin certainly doesn’t do anything to make you feel cramped, with plenty of storage space provided. The Commodore is built in Germany, so there’s a definite feeling of solidness all round, and the quality of the interior finishes edge close to being prestige.

Technology wise the 2018’s Commodore range doesn’t leave much out if anything at all. There’s a 360-degree camera providing an all-encompassing view of the surrounding environment. Safety is undoubtedly crucial to Holden, with autonomous emergency braking and pedestrian detection promising to make school pick up and suburban driving a lot safer.

The entire range is treated to a 7.0 or 8.0-inch infotainment system, with Apple Car Play and Android Support providing seamless access to the content on all models of smartphones. The upper range of vehicles also has a large LCD screen providing critical information, with the VXR range also offering details about the vehicle’s performance.

Lighting up the night are matrix LED headlights providing next-generation levels of technology with 32 LED modules operating independently to turn and off and block part of the beam so as not to dazzle oncoming drivers.

A new feature which many will no doubt come to wonder how they ever did without is the power tailgate. The boot will open with a wave of your foot. A projected Holden logo on the ground ensures you are never in any doubt as to where your foot should be to get the job done.

Backseat passengers also get plenty of room for the knees and ample head space, with room for two adults to sit comfortably without feeling cramped. A centre armrest containing two cup holders adds an extra touch of class and comfort.

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