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A modern-day Holden Adventra is heading to Australia from 2018 to tackle the likes of Subaru’s Outback and Volkswagen’s Passat Alltrack in the all-wheel-drive SUV wagon segment.

The new high-riding wagon follows a well-established recipe – blending all-wheel-drive traction with extra ride height and butch-looking bodywork additions to broaden the appeal (and practicality) of Holden’s next Sportwagon.

In a move that may ruffle feathers over at HSV, Holden has elected to name its machine the Commodore Tourer, a moniker currently reserved for HSV’s Commodore-based, 430kW Tourer R8 LSA wagon. It’s not surprising that the brand elected against reviving the Adventra nameplate, which was used by a previous and somewhat unloved attempt at a high-riding, all-wheel-drive Commodore during the VY and VZ days.

And buyers are unlikely to be confused by HSV’s Tourer and an Opel-sourced, European-built machine that will have little in common with Australia’s fastest wagon.

Though it won’t offer a supercharged V8 engine, the new SUV wagon – like its sedan and Sportwagen stablemates – will offer technology that isn’t currently available in the Commodore range including active cruise control with autonomous emergency braking, active lane keeping assistance and all-wheel-drive.

The extra ride height gives the Commodore Tourer 20mm of extra ground clearance over the Sportwagon, while the body is also 20mm longer.

On the inside, the top model in the Commodore line-up will also feature massaging seats, a power tailgate and active noise cancellation with technology similar to that used by expensive headphones preferred by frequent flyers.

Holden spokesman Sean Poppitt says the car combines “Australia’s love for SUVs with the practicality of a wagon and the driving appeal of a sedan”, while design director Richard Ferlazzo praised its blend of “style and robustness”.

The Commodore Tourer arrives locally in 2018. Stay tuned for more.

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