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Images of the Holden Trax at an official photo shoot have been released ahead of its mid-August launch.

Despite their low resolution, the brochure shots give us our first look at the production version of the sub-compact Trax SUV.

Our only other look at Holden’s new Barina-based crossover has so far come in the form of a computer-generated image released by the car maker more than 12 months ago.


The Holden Trax will lead a wave of new entrants into Australia’s booming sub-compact SUV segment, with the Peugeot 2008, Ford EcoSport, Renault Captur and Opel Mokka all destined for local showrooms in the coming months.

Specifics of Holden’s Trax line-up will be confirmed closer to its local launch. Three four-cylinder engines are available overseas: an 85kW/155Nm 1.6-litre petrol, a 96kW/300Nm 1.7-litre diesel and the 103kW/200Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol from the Cruze.

The entry-level 1.6-litre petrol is available exclusively in front-wheel-drive, while the turbo petrol and diesel models can be optioned with an on-demand all-wheel-drive system.


At 4248mm long, 1766mm wide, 1674mm tall and riding on a 2555mm wheelbase, the Trax is similar in size to the Mitsubishi ASX, while its 358-litre boot puts it on par with most small hatchbacks.

The Holden Trax is expected to launch with a low-$20,000s starting price when it arrives in showrooms next month.

CarAdvice will be at the Australian launch of the Holden Trax on August 13-14.

Read CarAdvice’s Chevrolet Trax Review.

  • horsie

    this could be a good seller for Holden. small car with high driving position/visibility . exactly what my wife demands in a car.

    • Sumpguard

      I reckon you’re right. it’s certainly a more convincing offering than the old Cruze SUV they had.

    • ohyeah

      your wife needs to learn to drive! She doesn’t need a SUV!

      • horsie

        I am not saying i would buy one. I am just saying it may be a good seller

  • marc

    Holden Tax (FBT)

    • Sumpguard


      • matt

        +1 sumpguard, how dare the government remove middle class welfare therefore removing artificial demand.

        • Sumpguard

          He was sprouting similar rubbish in the other thread too. I doubt he even understands the legislation or is old enough to drive for that matter.

          • marc

            You guys must work in the city. No sense of humour.

  • Poison_Eagle

    Dihorrea on wheels.

  • Sonic

    Looks cheap and ugly, but I’m sure Aussies will buy it because of the Holden badge.

    • Igomi Watabi

      Welcome back. How was 1986? has it permanently shaped your opinions?

    • Zaccy16

      yep exactly, this car is based on the worst in class horrible barina, it is another classic example of c##p GM Korean rubbish with a holden badge eg. horrible, captiva, barina, barina spark, colardo/7 etc and now the sub par malibu! but because of the holden badge we are going to see alot of these ugly things on the road, the only good car by a mile that has a holden badge is the commodore, the only one that is actually a proper holden!

      • ZukDriva

        have you actually driven any off these vehicles? The Barina is middle of the road in dynamics but in spec level its High…com’on heated front partial leather seats in a 20k car with 7″ app compatible system with ancap. Ok I work for Holden…but I don’t drive a Holden (but that’s for another reason all together) I am currently driving a EVAL Cruze CDX wagon and have been pleasantly surprised. It quiet smooth and full of gear. A colleague has a Barina CDX hatch and its as good a the Kia RIO Si 1.6DI but with more gear. The Malibu s___ts all over the old Vectra in all ways. and drives pretty good. I am a Car man and love my vehicles. The exception to the good cars are Barina spark and Captiva 5(not bad but below par). The Captiva 7 is well built and drives well and a very good price point. The Colorado ute and 7 has had some issues but getting sorted. Destroys boring stalemates like the Hilux! Sat in the new Trax the other day and well for a front wheel drive high hatchback/suv its pretty nice. I’m always looking at car stuff and I am not Bias despite who I work for.

        • Zaccy16

          yes i have, the only current model holden i haven’t driven is the colarado 7 but i have driven the normal colarado, there is alot more to cars than just what features they have stuck on it! it is how it is engineered and how it drives is what car nuts like!

  • Don Quay

    I dunno, I look at this car and others such as the Ford Eco thingy and I just keep thinking “Diahatsu Terrios” They seem about as appealing too.

  • Roger Browning

    The European versions have been very successful for Vauxhall/Opel, so much so that GM has now started making them in at their plant in Spain (as opposed to South Korea where Australia models are coming from and where Europe sourced them initially). It looks considerably less stupid than the Nissan Juke, but then that’s selling like hot cakes as well. There’s no accounting for taste

  • LowRezFez

    I spotted one on the Bolte Bridge last week. Looks ok, but nothing to write home about. Should do well, and the styling should not date too quickly.

    For me this is another ho hum GM product.

  • Martin

    I wouldn’t buy one but I think it looks cute for what it is.

  • crouchy35

    Perfect for the low-income soccer mum. When hubby’s business goes pear shape they can downgrade the Range Rover for one of these.

  • filippo

    Trax? Cruze? Malibu? All of these sound like names that a bogan would call their baby. Can’t wait for the Holden Jaxxon.