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.
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.
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.
Gallery: 2017 Holden Barina
All Grown Up: New Holden Barina Delivers Smarts and Style in One Package
- GM Australia-designed 2017 Holden Barina hits the market
- 2017 Barina gets technology boost as the latest vehicle in Holden’s range to offer Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto* phone projection
- 2017 Barina offers Rear View Camera and Rear Park Assist across the range and passive entry and push button start on top-spec LT
- Barina boasts new LED daytime running lamps, updated front grille, and new front and rear fascias
Fresh off the back of their success with the Colorado Extreme and Trailblazer Premier show cars, the GM Australia Design team is at it again, this time designing the refreshed 2017 Holden Barina with a distinctly grown-up feel.
“It was time for the Barina to grow up at bit and expand its global appeal beyond the young adult market,” said Justin Thompson, GM Australia’s Exterior Design Manager.
With a new fascia inspired by the Camaro, a redesigned front grille giving it a seriously premium aesthetic, and signature LED lighting completing the new look, Barina’s exterior design upgrades will turn heads in all the right ways.
“We were challenged to explore what Barina could be; to create a more athletic exterior whilst providing an interior that people can enjoy their time in,” said Mr Thompson.
Keeping drivers more connected than ever, 2017 Barina’s interior refresh is also impressive, structured around technology and connectivity introductions including passive entry, Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto*. Rear View Camera and push button start complete this future-focused package – all supported by a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
“Barina has always been a fun-to-drive car and we wanted to somehow maintain that quality but also offer a more mature and sophisticated design for a more complete package overall.”
“With its trademark wheels-at-the-corners stance and dramatic changes to its front grille and fascia, Barina’s design really points to its pleasurable driving dynamics and technology inside.”
Underlining the strong global reputation the GM Australia Design studio has earned itself, the Barina design changes fashioned in Port Melbourne have been adopted by other GM markets using the Chevrolet Sonic nameplate, resulting in what is a truly global vehicle.
The 2017 Barina range has been restructured to offer two variants, LS hatch and LT hatch, both powered by the same responsive 1.6-litre petrol engine available in its 2016 predecessor.
Holden’s Executive Director of Sales, Peter Keley, said the 2017 Barina offered customers style, technology and safety in one smart package.
“With the GM Australia-led redesign and new technology, we’ve given Barina an injection of energy for 2017,” said Mr. Keley.
“We know our customers place a great deal of importance on staying connected and feeling like their car is an extension of their lives, and we’re confident that Barina delivers this and more with its new phone projection connectivity and passive entry/push-button start technology.
“We’ve also added to Barina’s maximum five star ANCAP safety performance, adding Rear Park Assist and Rear View Camera as standard across the range.”
On sale at Holden dealers nationwide, the 2017 Barina not only offers fresh new styling and technology, it also promises exceptional customer value both during and beyond the point of purchase thanks to Holden’s leading Lifetime Capped Price Service program as well as financial assistance in the form of Holden Financial Services.
2017 Holden Barina Feature Highlights
- 1.6-litre petrol engine
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- New front fascia, grille and rear fascia
- 7-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto*
- Rear View Camera with Rear Park Assist
- Auto headlamps with LED DRLs
LT (above LS)
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Passive Entry and Push Button Start
- Leather steering wheel
- Sportec seat Trim
- Heated front seats
* MyLink infotainment system not compatible with all devices. Apple CarPlay is a registered trade mark of Apple Inc. Android is a registered trade mark of Google Inc.
selected models only
2017 Holden Barina Recommended Retail Pricing
1.6-litre LS manual $14,990
1.6-litre LS automatic $17,190
1.6-litre LT automatic $20,390