Facelifted Trax lands with new look and more tech

The upgraded 2017 Holden Trax crossover has arrived in Australia, bringing a number of positive changes to the lion brand's increasingly important small SUV offering.

The revised Korean-made crossover gets significantly more mature frontal styling, a thoroughly overhauled cabin and more equipment, while the base LS now comes available with the superior 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine, previously the province of higher grades.


Holden has also kept the base price of the LS at an unchanged $23,990 plus on-road costs (though it has been discounting below this for years), but has increased the cost of the flagship LTZ by $1600 (to $30,490) in return for a number of additions.

However, a new LT variant joins the range in the middle priced at $28,890, the same as the old LTZ and adding equipment.


Holden's revised rival to the Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Suzuki Vitara and Toyota C-HR among many, many others gets a softer and sportier frontal design with new LED daytime running lights as standard, while there are some less obvious tweaks to the rear.

Inside the cabin, there's a whole new fascia with nicer contrasting trims and a new 7.0-inch touchscreen that displays the standard reversing camera ad Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration. This addresses a key shortfall of the previous vehicle.


Holden has also added the punchier and more efficient 103kW/200Nm 1.4-litre turbo engine to the base LS in six-speed automatic transmission guise, meaning the only car with the old 103kW/175Nm 1.8-litre normally aspirated unit is the base LS with five-speed manual.

The mid-range LT and flagship LTZ (cabin pictured above) are 1.4/auto only propositions. The 1.4 LS also gets rear disc brakes now, not drums.


Capacities are familiar. The Trax is 4278mm long (Mazda CX-3-matching), 1776mm wide, 1674mm high, on a 2555mm wheelbase. Boot space is 357L/785L, tare weight is 1390kg and towing capacity is a 1200kg braked trailer.

A number of features have been added over the MY16 model.

The LS gets the 1.4 engine, LED daytime running lights and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. The new LT grade gets (over and above the old LTZ) a sunroof, push-button start and DAB+. The MY17 LTZ adds new gear such as LED tail lights, TFT driver information display, an illuminated blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert.

There's also a new paint line-up. Base colours are red and white, while $550 premium options are Boracay blue, Burning Hot orange, Mineral black, Nitrate silver, and Son of a Gun grey.


The Trax joins the Trailblazer in Holden’s refreshed SUV range, with the recently revealed Acadia and Equinox due by early 2018.

Holden sold 7976 units of the Trax last year, up 26 per cent, though still well behind the CX-3 (18,334), Mitsubishi ASX (18,126), Nissan Qashqai (12,259) and HR-V (12,403). It was Holden's fifth most popular car behind the Commodore, Colorado, Cruze and Captiva.

Keep an eye out for our review of the revamped 2017 Holden Trax early next week. 


2017 Holden Trax pricing (plus on-road costs)

LS 1.8 manual - $23,990 (no change)

LS 1.4 turbo auto - $26,490 (up $300)

LT 1.4 turbo auto - $28,890 (new variant)

LTZ 1.4 turbo auto - $30,490 (up $1600)

2017 Holden Trax specifications (new features in bold)

Trax LS

1.8-litre engine with five-speed manual

1.4-litre turbo engine with six-speed automatic 

16-inch alloy wheels

Cloth trim

Six-speaker audio

Daytime running lights

Automatic headlights

7.0-inch touchscreen

Siri Eye Free voice control

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Reversing camera and sensors

Hill Start Assist

Hill Descent Control System

Cruise control

Leather steering wheel

Heated door mirrors

Trax LT adds 

1.4-litre turbo engine with six-speed automatic

18-inch alloy wheels

Cloth seat trim with fake leather bolsters


Fog lights

Chrome door handles and belt-line

Passive entry push-button start 

Driver’s armrest

Digital Radio (DAB+)

Trax LTZ adds

Sportec fake leather trim

Heated front seats

Rain-sensing wipers

LED tail lights

Enhanced 3.5-inch TFT driver information display

Blind-spot monitor

Rear cross-traffic alert