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The all-new 2012 Holden Barina hatch has been unveiled for the first time before it goes on sale in Australia in October.

The new Barina has already been launched in Europe and the US and now it arrives in Australia to join the Barina Spark and the Cruze in Holden’s small car ranks.

The Barina has been styled with a hip, young market in mind. The exterior showcases one of the most dramatic light car designs, with an aggressive headlight and grille assembly, pumped front wheel arches, concealed rear door handles and black-based taillights.

Inside, the instrument panel is dominated by the tacho, with all other vehicle information (including digital speed readout) displayed on an ice blue LCD screen. The centre console looks clean, modern and functional.

Safety will be a strong suit, with the new Barina to offer the full suite of active and passive features as standard, including six airbags (dual front, side and curtain) and electronic stability control, among others.

The Barina will be equipped to meet the expectations of the younger market too, with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB input with iPod connectivity, cruise control and steering wheel audio controls all included in the package.

The Barina will be powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine and teamed with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Holden is yet to reveal specific power, performance and fuel consumption figures.

Holden Barina interior and exterior design leader, Ondrej Koromhaz, said he believed the new model would have a wide appeal in Australia.

“After several years in the making, it’s very satisfying to see the finished product ready to hit Aussie roads. I think customers in this country will respond really positively to the new Barina,” Mr Koromhaz said.

β€œWe worked hard to give it an assertive appearance with lots of character that will appeal equally to men and women.

β€œWe also aimed to deliver a really strong road presence with modern, sporty details like exposed headlights and concealed rear door handles.”

Full pricing and specification details of the all-new 2012 Holden Barina hatch will be revealed closer to the vehicle’s Australian launch around October. The current model is officially priced from $16,290 to $17,990, although now in runout mode there are many deals to be found.

  • delux

    I like it. Much more masculine than the current Barina. The glasshouse reminds me of the old Astra.

  • Shak

    Judging by the fact that the 1.4T wasnt mentioned, im assuming it wont be offered at all in the line up. is this true CA?

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Tim Beissmann

      Hi Shak

      No mention of the 1.4T from Holden, so don’t expect it to come here – at least not in the short term anyway.

      Tim Beissmann

      • Bent 8 Brigade

        How about a small diesel/auto?

      • pja

        what did they say about the standard 10 airbags in the states?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1715760895 Charles Dean

      Because the car is still korean made, they do not have access to the 1.4T till early 2013, Holden will then be set to release the “ss Barina” (concept name) with the 1.4T, I was looking forward to have the 1.4T with out a doubt, its taken me 4 years to get my 1.6l to wear i want it, needless to say thats a long time to run in the car, and After drivin the 1.4T cruze it would be a great thing if the barina had the engine.

  • Able

    Theyre certainly back to non-Korean standards in terms of styling (i really like how it looks) but where’s the 1.4T!? Ohhhh, SRi eh Holden?

    • Phil

      Non-Korean standards? Chinese standards maybe. It looks horrid, especially those tail lights. Yuk. Don’t see would anyone buy this over a fiesta or mazda2.

      • aza

        with the exception of the tail lights (too rice-looking) its actually not bad. the interior looks much better as well.

      • Goodfa

        I think it is a big improvement over the old model. Any new model being released now with a manual should be 6 speed.

        As long as price is lower than the Fiesta,Mazda 2 and Yaris it will sell.

  • Frostie

    I vomited.

    • Peter Stone

      Which made me vomit, cause I hate the smell of vomit. But then I looked at the picture of the Barina and felt better again πŸ˜€

    • Phil

      I’m definately with you Frostie :)

  • Byron

    Damn, talk about sexy! πŸ˜‰ lol. Massive improvement over horrid TK Barina in all areas esp. the interior. TL Barina can’t get here soon enough!!!

  • azza85

    Totally agree with aza, awesome front, totally disconnected back end!

  • bangel

    BEEP BEEP mitsubishi want their front back , ugly , and that interior is sub standard chinese .

  • filippo

    Not quite as unfortunate as the praying mantis Spark, but still rather tinny and awkward looking.

    However, it has the lion badge on the grill, and to 99% of its buyers that will be the only thing that matters.

  • Chris

    What a huge, huge improvement over the current model Barina, this will be a runaway best seller in the light car class.
    This will definately be my partners new Barina to replace her 2004 XC Barina. We have been waiting for a much better Barina to update.

  • Al Juraj

    The headlights are so Lancer.

  • TA

    How much do u think it will be? I love it! When do they come out for sale?

  • Sue

    Will there be a convertible?

  • jessica

    i dont understand is there two different barinas one of the barina has the fog lights and nicer wheels and the other one doesnt have fog lights and has smaller wheels whats the go do confused can someone tell whats the go please!

  • jessica

    oh and im talking about the new 2012 barina thankyou

  • David

    The current Yaris Hatch makes me vomit.

  • Shannon

    You must be joking? The front design of this car is a carbon copy of the CJ Lancer – Are Holden intimidated by the Head turning and stylish Lancer?

  • Jasmine

    Just brought a Flame red one and i love it!!!!!!!!!Β  …amazing car and it feels safe ; )