Re­freshed Trax checks-in

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

Holden has re­leased spec­i­fi­ca­tion and costs for its up­dated 2017 Trax small-sized cross­over, reshuf­fling vari­ants and pric­ing with the in­tro­duc­tion of a new mid-tier vari­ant and boost­ing con­nec­tiv­ity tech­nol­ogy across the range.

The Trax line-up still opens with the 1.8-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated four-pot LS five-speed man­ual for $23,990 be­fore on-road costs, but now its six-speed au­to­matic sib­ling gains the 1.4-litre turbo unit from higher grades.

Au­to­matic-equipped LS ver­sions also gain front and rear disc brakes, while all base vari­ants are fit­ted with 16-inch al­loy wheels, cloth in­te­rior, a six-speaker sound sys­tem, re­vers­ing cam­era, cruise control, rear-park as­sist and leather steer­ing wheel.

New in the up­dated range are pro­jec­tion head­lights with day­time-run­ning lights, as well as a 7.0-inch colour touch­screen en­ter­tain­ment sys­tem with Ap­ple Carplay and An­droid Auto smart­phone con­nec­tiv­ity.

Mean­while, Holden has repo­si­tioned its top-spec LTZ fur­ther up the peck­ing or­der, push­ing it up to $30,490 and in­tro­duc­ing a new mid-tier LT in its place at $28,890.

Sim­i­lar to last year’s LTZ, the new LT vari­ant gains 18-inch al­loy wheels, front fog lamps and arm­rests for the driver and front pas­sen­ger, but 2017 model year up­dates bring a sun­roof, new-look in­te­rior trim, dig­i­tal ra­dio, key­less en­try and start.

The range-top­ping LTZ nets Sportec syn­thetic leather seats, heated front pews and au­to­matic wipers, along with the new-to-the-range LED tail­lights, side mir­ror-in­te­grated turn sig­nals, 3.5-inch driver dis­play, blindspot mon­i­tor­ing and rear-cross traf­fic alert.

Both LT and LTZ grades are pow­ered by the 1.4-litre tur­bocharged four-cylin­der and are ex­clu­sively avail­able with a six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

Across the 2017 Trax range, new front and rear de­signs keep the small cross­over in-line with styling up­dates to other Gen­eral Mo­tors prod­ucts in­clud­ing the Chevro­let Volt and Mal­ibu.

Fur­ther dif­fer­en­ti­at­ing it­self from last year’s model, the new Trax is also equipped with a new con­sole de­sign with con­trast stitch­ing across the dash.

Stan­dard colours avail­able across the Trax range in­clude red and white, while pres­tige colours in­clud­ing blue, black, sil­ver and grey in­cur a $550 price pre­mium.

Holden de­sign di­rec­tor Richard Fer­lazzo has high hopes for the up­dated Trax de­scrib­ing it as a re­fined and lux­u­ri­ous en­vi­ron­ment for driv­ers to en­joy their jour­ney in.

“The new Trax is the lat­est model to be re­leased in Holden’s new prod­uct on­slaught and with its ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy and pre­mium de­sign, is one I’m sure will con­tinue to be pop­u­lar with cus­tomers,” he said.

Last year, Holden en­joyed a 25.6 per­cent sales in­crease in its Trax cross­over, mov­ing 7976 units in the 12 month pe­riod.

How­ever, the Trax still placed fifth in the bur­geon­ing small-suv seg­ment be­hind the Mazda CX-3 with 18,334 sales, Mit­subishi ASX, 18,126, Nis­san Qashqai, 12,259 and Subaru XV, 8290.

TRAX AT­TACK: A new mid-tier vari­ant will boost Holden’s Trax range to three, with the en­try-level LS, mid­dleof-the-range LT and top-spec LTZ.

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