The city car gets a Camaro-inspired front fascia and some other cosmetic tweaks tailored to the Australian market.

It’s essentially a case of rebadging, but the 2017 Holden Barina does get a new pair of headlights along with a slightly modified grille and some other minor tweaks. All of the changes implemented are the work of GM’s Australia Design team to make the city car look “all grown up” and expand its appeal beyond the usual customer base consisting mostly of youngsters. Holden is confident the changes over the Sonic will make the Barina “turn heads in all the right ways,” although frankly that sounds like an exaggeration.

The new model year also brings a simplified model lineup as only two trim levels are going to be offered for the 2017 Barina: LS and LT. Both of them will share a seven-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system featuring support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights are also standard, as is a rearview camera with rear park assist.

2017 Holden Barina
Holden Barina Hatch CD Trio

Go for the LT trim and Holden will replace the standard 16-inch wheels with a larger 17-inch set and it will also throw in several goodies, such as heated front seats, leather steering wheel, passive entry, push button start, and different upholstery.

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Regardless of selected trim, the 2017 Holden Barina is going to be powered exclusively by a naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter gasoline engine linked to either a five-speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed automatic transmission available on the LT trim. Output is rated at 114 horsepower (85 kilowatts) at 6,000 rpm and 114 pound-feet (155 Newton-meters) of torque at 4,000 rpm. In the U.S.-spec version, there’s the option of a beefier turbocharged 1.4-liter developing 138 hp (103 kW) and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm).

Pricing kicks off at 14,990 AUD for the base LS version with the manual gearbox and rises to $20,390 for the automatic-equipped LT.

Source: Holden

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