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Holden Adventra

VY Series

Series II : September 2003 - March 2005

With the introduction of its new versatile V8-powered Adventra all road wagon, Holden becomes the first manufacturer to offer an all wheel drive crossover vehicle that has been designed, developed and engineered in Australia specifically for unique local conditions.

The product of a $125 million design and engineering program over three years, Adventra is the first of a series of upcoming Holden vehicles to incorporate advanced Cross Trac AWD technology. The traction-control based, permanent AWD Cross Trac system has been developed, extensively tested and fine tuned by Holden to suit the unique Australian driving environment. The Cross Trac all wheel drive system provides high levels of traction on a wide range of surfaces and has a rear wheel drive-biased torque split for maximum flexibility, stability and 'driver's car' chassis dynamics. Cross Trac has 1781 calibration variables, which determine the wheel control strategies for all common driving scenarios inherent in Australian conditions. Using automatic brake differential (ABD) software and electronic brake force distribution (EBD) to achieve desired levels of traction across all wheels, Adventra has the capacity to conquer stony shale track climbs, steep descents, desert tracks, beach and fire trails, shallow river crossings, slippery, muddy and icy surfaces.

With its wide stance, high ride height, flared wheel arches, unique tailgate with folding glass, Euro-style roof rack and bold front end treatment, the Holden Adventra is dynamically different in appearance from the rear wheel drive wagon upon which it is based. The rear glass incorporated in Adventra's distinctive tailgate lifts separately and can be operated remotely, and the tailgate lifts completely at the push of a button. The Adventra is powered by the 235kW, 5.7 litre GEN III V8, teamed with automatic transmission.

Adventra chassis, underbody, key components and systems are engineered to cope with all-road applications. The significantly strengthened underbody includes front and rear 'bash plate' undertrays and a heavy duty engine cradle. Front strut bracing provides extra rigidity across the chassis. The modified transmission is mounted on a two-piece system that doubles as an extra body brace and acts to enhance safety performance in side impact crashes. Front and rear suspension systems are reinforced, the front redesigned for better isolation and absorption of impact harshness. Brakes and cooling system are upgraded for heavy duty use, the steering system modified but retaining a sedan-like 'feel'. It also features a specially developed, puncture-resistant all-road tyre.

Added features include aircraft-style cargo rails and multi-purpose hooks for extra tie-down security and flexibility, particularly useful in rough terrain. There are integrated side storage compartments incorporating an auxiliary power outlet and cupholder fitment, flexible straps in two locations to secure thermos or drink bottles upright, a load-covering retracting roller blind and a handy storage net (standard on LX8) which can cover the entire load floor or adapt to suit a range of uses. Rear seats have a 60/40 split feature and fold almost completely flat to provide a capacious 2683 litres of cargo space. Above the tailgate, the rear spoiler with its full-width LED stop lamp extends into a full length, Euro style roof rack.

The Adventra is available in the following colours:


The VY Adventra Specifications page, with details on engines, suspension, gearboxes, etc.

Adventra CX8


The Adventra CX8 has a standard features listing comparable to a Holden Berlina.

Standard Equipment:

235 kW High Output Generation III 5.7 litre V8, 4-speed automatic transmission, Cross Trac Constant AWD, six spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, six disc CD player, rear park assist, electronic climate control, cruise control, trip computer, power windows, driver, passenger and side airbags, soft velour seat trim in Neutral Pewter, a re-designed instrument cluster, leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-wrapped transmission shifter and handbrake with satin chrome highlights, Control-link independent rear suspension, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Four wheel traction control using Automatic Brake Differential (ABD), Chrome twin exhaust tips, Tailgate dust deflector, containing quick-response LED stop lamp.

Optional Equipment:

Holden Assist, factory fitted sunroof

Adventra LX8

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The Adventra LX8 has a standard features listing comparable to a Holden Calais.

Standard Equipment:

As per CX8, plus: Unique five-spoke 17-inch alloys, a factory fitted sunroof, leather-trimmed SS wagon-style sports seats in Anthracite black or optional Ochre, leather wrapped sports profile steering wheel with satin chrome spokes, premium audio system with subwoofer and 260W amplifier, eight way adjustable electric front seats, dual zone electronic climate control, active front seat head restraints, level ride suspension with superlift shock absorbers, fog lamps, heated exterior mirrors with memory, high-mounted pitch and roll gauges and stainless steel sill plates.

Optional Equipment:

Holden Assist.

The VY Adventra Specifications page, with details on engines, suspension, gearboxes, etc.

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Last modified: 8 March 2005

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