Barina to be no bit player
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.