The facelifted HQ was released as
the HJ model in 1974, and while many improvements were
made to the vehicle the re-introduction of the "swipe" style
speedo immediately dated the interior and was reminiscent
of the HK.
Although the chassis dimensions remained
unchanged, the revised front end styling gave the car
a larger more dominant look.
Revisions to the bumpers
saw them extended out from the body, and they afforded
better protection and reduced repair costs in the event
of minor collisions.
A new body-mounted tail-light assembly was incorporated
into the rear quarter panels, replacing the HQ's bumper
On the inside, new seats were introduced
that were made from a full-foam construction (rather than
the previous models Z-spring design).
Apart from being
more comfortable, they were considered safer as the head
restraints were now integrated into the seat design.
An even more upmarket luxury Holden was introduced
with the Statesman "Caprice", the existing "DeVille"
now a 2nd tier luxury car sitting above the sedan based
Mechanical improvements included cable-type
throttle control on all engines, while the 308's were
mated to the Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 transmission rather
than the Tri-Matic.
The Kingswood now sported power front discs, and was fitted
with the 3300 (202) engine as standard, but unfortunately
the HJ saw the demise of the Chevy 350 engine and with
it, the GTS350.