The Holden Trax.
The Holden Trax.

Holden Trax compact SUV gains extra turbo oomph

ZESTY performance has been added to the Holden Trax line-up.

A revised range was launched this week, headlined by a range-topping 1.4-litre turbocharged variant which starts just shy of $30,000.

The Barina-based soft-roader has become Holden's fourth most popular model, and this new powerplant will not only boost its appeal but also performance.

Generating the same 103kW of power as the carryover non-turbo 1.8-litre which remains in all other Trax models, the new LTZ turbo variant hammers out 200Nm of torque. That's an extra 25Nm available from a low 1850rpm all the way up to 5000rpm for improved acceleration.

Mated exclusively to a six-speed automatic transmission, average fuel economy is 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres - which makes it the most efficient of the range despite improved performance credentials.

Trax LTZ gets the lot in terms of features, including rain sensing wipers, a driver's arm rest and new 18-inch alloy wheels. A sunroof also comes standard with the 1.4-litre iTi option.

The basic TS Trax variants come complete with six airbags, auto lights, 16-inch alloys, air-con, rear view camera and parking sensors, MyLink infotainment system with 17.7cm colour touch-screen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls.

The 1.8-litre engine is available with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic.

Trax is available in eight colours, red (new addition), white, pearl, carbon, blue, orange, black and grey.

Launched last year, the Trax was a trailblazer in the sub-compact SUV segment. But since then the market has been inundated with new additions, including the Peugeot 2008, Ford EcoSport and Nissan Juke.

"Trax has received great traction in the market as well as plenty of positive reviews and we are committed to building on that success to ensure Trax continues to evolve and respond to customer needs," Holden's general manager marketing communications Teresa Basile said.

"In 2014 Trax is currently Holden's fourth highest selling vehicle and we're confident that with the introduction of the 1.4 turbocharged engine and new added extras, it will continue to appeal to a broad customer base ensuring continued success."

Capped price servicing will be carried over including four regular services in the first three years (or 60,000kms whichever comes first) which cost $185 for each dealership visit.

BOTTOM LINE

Holden Trax

LS 1.8 litre (m) $23,990

LS 1.8 litre (a) $26,190

LTZ 1.8 litre (a) $28,490

LTZ 1.4 litre iTi (a) $29,990


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