Holden Caprice gains VF interior, A$10k price cut; exterior unchanged

Holden has finally whipped the covers of its updated Caprice, which adopts most of the underbody and interior changes made to the VF Commodore, but keeps the body work of the WM model launched way back in 2006.

The revised Caprice retains all of the sheet metal work and, from what we can deduce, bumpers as well. This means that the Caprice misses out on the weight saving benefits of the VF Commodore’s aluminium bonnet, boot and front fenders. It does, however, benefit from the VF’s completely reworked and much, much nicer interior.

Like other Commodore-based cars the new(-ish) Caprice has had its sticker price slashed, with both models receiving a price chop of A$10k.

The VF-based Caprice range kicks off with the regular Caprice that’s now priced at A$54,490 (down A$10k). The Caprice is powered by a 3.6-litre V6 mated to a 6-speed auto that drives the rear wheels. The Caprice features 18-inch alloys, auto parking for both parallel and reverse parking, blind spot warning, reverse traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, electric parking brake (no more finger chopping!), trailer sway control and remote vehicle start.

As we mentioned earlier the Caprice features the VF Commodore’s vastly improved interior that’s full of soft touch materials. In the centre of the dash there’s a 8-inch high-res touchscreen running Holden’s MyLink entertainment system. MyLink, here, incorporates sat nav, Bluetooth, USB port, DVD playback and support for various smartphone apps, such as Pandora and Stitcher streaming radio, and the Apple iPhone’s Siri voice command system.

Step up to the A$59,990 (down A$10k) Caprice V and you’ll find Holden’s 6-litre V8 under the hood. Additional kit on the V includes new design 19-inch alloy wheels, “deluxe” front and rear bucket seats, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a colour head-up display, “sports” leather steering wheel, 9-speaker Bose sound system and an electric sunroof. There’s also a rear seat entertainment system with individual screens mounted on the front seat backs. The rear screens have a DVD drive, aux jack, remote control and dual-channel wireless headphones.

Updated (Jun 8, 2013): Corrected an error regarding the rear seat entertainment system where we incorrectly claimed that the old Caprice had a single pop-down screen.

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Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]