Holden Captiva – January
The updated Holden Captiva – without the 5 or 7 suffixes – will arrive in the first month of the year.
The Captiva 5 has been dumped, with the SUV previously known as the Captiva 7 now renamed to be the Captiva. It gets a facelift, too, with new front-end styling bringing it more into line with the Commodore and Cruze.
The entry-level Captiva LS model will be a five-seat offering, while the higher-spec versions will have seven seats.
The 2016 model year upgrade will bring not only a shift in seating options, but also a final facelift for the Captiva 7 and some key new infotainment features in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Stay tuned for full pricing and specification details of the updated Holden Captiva as they come to hand.
Holden Spark – quarter one
Keeping on the theme of changing names, the Barina Spark will be dumped in favour of the all-new Holden Spark, which will arrive towards the end of quarter one, 2016.
The all-new Spark – which was revealed at the Seoul and New York auto shows in April 2015, and is sold in most markets as a Chevrolet – is quite a different beast to the car it replaces.
It has a longer wheelbase, but its height has been reduced by about 40 millimetres. The brand claims it is now more aerodynamic, but still roomy, and that its new “more robust architecture … enabled engineers to tune ride and handling more precisely”.
It is expected to be powered by a 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 73kW of power and 130Nm of torque. Five-speed manual and CVT auto gearboxes are expected to be offered.
A touchscreen media system is likely on all models, with a reverse-view camera also expected.
Stay tuned for more on the Holden Spark soon.
Holden Trax – quarter four
An updated version of the Holden Trax is likely in the latter part of the year.
There has been no official indication that this will happen, but CarAdvice’s spies have spotted an updated version of the Opel Mokka in the past, and there’s a chance the brand will switch away from the Korean-built Trax to the Europe-sourced Mokka, albeit with the Trax name expected to continue.
The model we’ve shown you has updated styling elements such as revised headlights and tail-lights, and interior updates are likely, too.
Stay tuned for more on the Trax.
Holden Astra – quarter four
The widely anticipated return of the Astra range will likely take place in October, with the European-made hatchback set to take on the likes of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.
While there’s no official word on what Holden is planning to do with its Cruze model in light of the arrival of the Astra hatch and new-generation Cruze sedan (from 2017), it is possible that Australian Cruze production will wind up towards the end of the year to make space for the new imported small cars.
The Astra is a vital part of the brand’s future plans, with hatchbacks easily outselling sedans in the small car segment (the ratio is generally 3:1). It will be almost nine years since a five-door Astra has been sold here when the new model arrives.
It will bring with it 1.4- and 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engines, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, and multiple trim levels.
Touchscreen infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay will be standard (Android Auto should also be available depending on the spec of the screen), while Holden is also looking at a number of other features including first-in-class adaptive LED headlights, advanced safety assist systems including autonomous emergency braking, and 18-way adjustable front seats and heated rear seats, to name a few.
Stay tuned for more on the Holden Astra.