The new Holden Trax is the smallest crossover SUV Holden offers right now, but it's just one of a growing segment of utes built on the platform of a subcompact car. It's definitely designed more for the urban jungle than negotiating the bush or tackling a real jungle, but that's just fine because that's why so many of us buy this type of vehicle these days. So, let's take a closer look at the 2017 Holden Trax and see what it's all about.
The Trax is a global
model for GM that's sold in a number of pretty diverse markets, so the exterior
styling has to try and be all things to all buyers. That could be a problem,
but it isn’t here as the manufacturer seems to have come up with a design of
pretty universal appeal. This year sees the little Holden benefitting from a
very smart facelift, although as this is only the mid-point of this vehicle's
first-generation, the sheet metal remains essentially the same. The front
fascia, grille, and headlamps take on the look of a number of other recently
updated models, and grades with the halogen projector headlamps and LED
signature lighting really do look quite different from last year's model.
naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine is the standard unit in the base LS
model, which comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission but can be had
with the optional six-speed automatic, and develops 103 kW and 178 Nm of
torque. If that's not enough for you a 1.4-litre turbo-four is also available,
and the Trax LS can be upgraded to this unit. It develops the same amount of
power as the 1.8, but the torque rating is higher at 200 Nm and it's available
from lower down in the rev range. This engine is standard in the LT and LTZ
versions of the Holden Trax, but in both cases the six-speed auto is the only
Features and equipment
There's no lack
of essential equipment even in base LS versions of the Holden Trax. Standard
equipment includes the likes of air conditioning, LED daytime running lights,
16-inch alloy wheels, rear park assist, a rear view camera, Apple CarPlay and
Android Auto compatibility, the Holden MyLink infotainments system, Bluetooth
with audio streaming and plenty more.
Performance and fuel economy
The 1.4 turbo is definitely the livelier performer of the two engines, although the standard 1.8 with the manual box can be quite a lot of fun too. Because of the small car platform it's based upon, the Trax handles a lot more like a car than an SUV. Although the taller body does bring about a bit of lean in bends and corners, it's no worse than any of its rivals and the Holden is actually quite a bit better in this area than some. The Trax also has a five-star rating for safety from ANCAP, which is as good as it gets for vehicle safety. Although there's no stop/start or other clever technology to help with fuel economy, the little Holden is pretty frugal all the same. The official figure on premium unleaded is 6.7 L/100 km, which isn't too bad at all.
The 2017 Holden Trax is available now, so get in touch with us here at Peninsula Motor Group for more information on this updated version of the subcompact crossover, and to get yourself sorted for a test drive.