By Barry Green
“It was time for the Barina to grow up at bit and expand its global appeal beyond the young adult market,” GM Australia’s Exterior Design Manager Justin Thompson said.
Thanks to the work of the GM Australia Design team, the Barina has a new fascia inspired by the Camaro muscle car, redesigned front grille and signature LED lighting.
The 2017 Barina’s interior refresh has been structured around technology and connectivity introductions, including passive entry, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a reversing camera and push-button start. The car scores a five-star ANCAP safety rating.
The Barina design changes fashioned in Port Melbourne have been adopted by other GM markets using the Chevrolet Sonic nameplate, resulting in what is a truly global vehicle.
The range has been restructured to offer two variants, LS hatch and LT hatch, both powered by the same 1.6-litre petrol engine available in its 2016 predecessor.
On sale at Holden dealers nationwide, the 2017 Barina comes with Holden’s Lifetime Capped Price Service program.
LT (above LS)
1.6-litre LS manual $14,990
1.6-litre LS automatic $17,190
1.6-litre LT automatic $20,390.