Ba­rina to be no bit player

Pilbara News - - Motoring - Ewan Kennedy

The solid push to­wards the fu­ture of Holden con­tin­ues.

Long af­ter the com­pany shuts down its Aus­tralian fac­to­ries, Holden will con­tinue as a big part of the GM global em­pire.

As a strong ex­am­ple, the Holden Ba­rina for 2017 has re­ceived a facelift and tail-tuck, in­te­rior en­hance­ments, an up­graded in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem and added safety fea­tures.

A great deal of the de­sign of the Holden Ba­rina was car­ried out by Aus­tralians, work­ing lo­cally and over­seas, to the ex­tent the car is be­ing pro­moted as the “GM Aus­trali­ade­signed 2017 Holden Ba­rina”.

The de­sign changes penned in Port Mel­bourne have been adopted by other GM mar­kets us­ing the Chevro­let Sonic name­plate and will be seen in tens of thou­sands on the road in dozens of coun­tries.

GM Aus­tralia ex­te­rior de­sign man­ager Justin Thomp­son says the Ba­rina’s new front was in­spired by that of the Chevro­let Ca­maro. It has a new front grille and head­lamp hous­ings.

We are not sure it’s ever go­ing to be mis­taken for a Ca­maro, but the small­est Holden cer­tainly looks at­trac­tive.

The 2017 Ba­rina now of­fers Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto phone pro­jec­tion on all mod­els.

Th­ese are con­trolled through a seven-inch colour touch­screen.

The Holden Ba­rina con­tin­ues to earn a five-star ANCAP safety rat­ing.

In ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing safety fea­tures, the 2017 model gets rear park as­sist and rearview cam­era as stan­dard.

As be­fore, the Ba­rina range is sold only as a five-door hatch­back.

For 2017, it’s of­fered in two vari­ants: LS and LT. The Ba­rina LS has 16inch al­loy wheels and au­to­matic head­lamps.

The LT gets 17-inch al­loys, push­but­ton lock­ing and start­ing, leather trimmed steer­ing wheel, Sportec seat trim and heated front seats.

There have been no me­chan­i­cal changes and Ba­rina is pow­ered by a 1.6-litre 85kW petrol en­gine, mated ei­ther to a five-speed man­ual or sixspeed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion in the LS and auto only in the LT.

The 2017 Ba­rina is on sale now and is part of the Holden Life­time Capped Price Ser­vice pro­gram.

We will ar­range a road test as soon as pos­si­ble.

The 2017 Holden Ba­rina LS is priced at $14,990 (man­ual) and $17,190 (au­to­matic), the auto-only LT at $20,390.

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