2013 Holden Trax Price And Features: Holden's New Crossover Hits Australia

TMR Team | Aug 13, 2013


UPDATE: Read TMR's Trax review here.

Holden's compact new Trax SUV is now on sale in Australia, following the overseas launch of its Chevrolet-badged twin in 2012.

Kicking off at $23,490 plus on-roads, the Trax undercuts the entry level variants of the Nissan Dualis, Mitsubishi ASX and Hyundai ix35 - while also giving Holden a crucial headstart on Ford's EcoSport, due here in December.

“The SUV segment continues to grow rapidly with small SUV sales growing 20 per cent this year," Holden marketing boss Philip Brook said today.

The Trax will be offered with familiar LS and LTZ trim grades, both powered by the same 1.8 litre four-cylinder petrol engine offered with the Cruze range.

Mechanical Package

As it does in the Cruze, the Trax's 1.8 petrol engine produces 103kW and 175Nm of torque, the latter available at 3800rpm.

Matched to a five-speed manual (LS only) or a six-speed auto, the engine promises fuel consumption figures of 7.0 and 7.6 l/100km respectively.

The auto transmission is Holden's Gen II Active Select package, fitted as standard with the LTZ and available as an option with the LS model.

In manual form, the Trax carries a 4.5 star rating on the Government Green Vehicle Guide, while the auto models get a 4 star rating.

Suspension in all Trax models is by McPherson struts up front, matched to a compound crank rear axle.

Both models are available in front-wheel-drive form only, but Holden says it has invested hundreds of hours into fine-tuning the Trax for Australian roads and expectations.

“Our engineers led the calibration development of multiple Trax engine and transmission combinations for more than 20 markets around the globe, including Australia," Holden's boss of Planning and Program Management, Maria Koutsimpiris, said.

“We’ve also had a member of the global Trax team, Juneil Lee, working in Australia over the last 18 months to support the close collaboration between Holden Engineering and the Trax homeroom."

The Trax's local suspension tune includes enhancements to the rear axle's mounting bushes, revised to reduce interior noise on course chip road surfaces - a common feature of Australian roads.

Koutsimpiris added that the Holden team has struck a balance between enthusiastic performance and drive quality, devising a Holden-specific suspension tune in the process.

“We’ve had a significant amount of input into the way Trax is tuned for Australia so we set out to reward the driver with a secure and confident handling feel,” Holden's Vehicle Dynamics Specialist, Michael Barber, said.

Features & Dimensions

Both LS and LTZ models get Holden's new MyLink infotainment system, featuring a seven-inch colour touch screen, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, image and video viewing, BringGo navigation, and connectivity to music apps that include Pandora, TuneIn, and Stitcher radio.

Apple's Siri Eyes Free is also integrated, offering enhanced voice control of the Apple iPhone's Siri assistant system.

Also standard in the LS is a rear view camera and rear parking sensors, 16-inch alloy wheels, leather steering wheel with audio controls, cruise control and auto headlights.

Move up the $27,990 LTZ and there's 18-inch alloys, Sportec seats (heated up front), fog lights, under passenger storage and a trip computer.

Standard safety features include six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Traction Control System (TCS), Hydraulic Brake Fade Assist, Break away brake pedal, Three-point seatbelts in all five seating positions and ISOFIX at two rear outboard seating positions.

All models are equipped with a reversing camera and rear parking sensors.

The Holden Trax measures 4248mm long, 1766mm wide and 1674mm tall, riding on a 2555mm wheelbase.

Those seeking practicality in the cabin will find a 60/40 split-folding rear seat layout, and 358 litres of storage space with the rear seats in their upright position.

Holden Trax LS Highlights

  • 1.8 litre petrol engine
  • Five-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select
  • 6 airbags (driver, front passenger, front side and curtain), ESC, ABS and TCS
  • Hill Start Assist, Descent Control System
  • 16” alloy wheels (4)
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear view camera, Rear parking sensors
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage system
  • Holden MyLink infotainment System with 7” colour touch-screen display
  • Embedded apps including Pandora®, Stitcher SmartRadio™, TuneIn and BringGo navigation
  • Siri® Eyes Free Mode
  • AM/FM Radio with RDS display, USB with iPod connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity
  • Leather steering wheel with audio controls
  • Jet black cloth interior
  • Auto headlamps, Daytime running lamps

Holden TraLTZ highlights over LS

  • Six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select
  • 18” alloy wheels (4)
  • Jet black Sportec trim
  • Heated front seats
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Trip Computer
  • Storage Tray Under Front Passenger Seat

A range of Holden accessories will also be available, including a $1590 Sports Pack for the LTZ, a $510 Essentials Pack for either model, and a number of individual items.

The Essentials Pack includes carpet mats, mudlfaps, cargo tray and cargo net.

The Sports Pack includes Midnight Silver 18-inch wheels and a Track Stripes graphics pack.

Pricing (excludes on-road costs)

  • Holden Trax LS Manual - $23,490
  • Holden Trax LS Automatic - $25,690
  • Holden Trax LTZ (Auto only) - $27,990

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  • Doctor says,
    2 years ago
    I hope that it looks better in the flesh!
  • Greg says,
    2 years ago
    Disappointing the Trax doesn't get the 1.4 turbo, even as an option
    • MotorMouth says,
      2 years ago
      I think that's an issue around sourcing - none of the cars we get from Korea seem to get it.
  • PA says,
    2 years ago
    This thing already looks like it's had a front on. How about the styling department, pull it's finger out, or give up and let Holden slip away.
  • Mel says,
    2 years ago
    Great value, where is the 1.7 Diesel turbo and 1.4 Turbo, may be it was reserved for Opel.
    • MotorMouth says,
      2 years ago
      No, Opel get even worse choices with either a 1.4 without a turbo or the 1.6 from Barina. They do get the 1.7 disiesel option but only an idiot would want that here.
    • macca says,
      2 years ago
      Great value? pffft 4 star safety rating sure it's cheap just don't expect to have any legs when you have a major accident. Stupid SUV's not only endanger others but the drivers of these. Spend the extra 10k and get a Commodore, More luxury and safer, More power and maybe an extra $10 a week to run for most people.
      And if people are tight then buy a Cruze instead!
  • FrugalOne says,
    2 years ago
    THIS is the future, and is what killed off the AUSSIE 6

    JEEP are working on one and would thing BIG.T would not be sitting around either

    Its the type of vehicle that mums really want, well done Holden
  • FrugalOne says,
    2 years ago
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    Pissed of no trip computer in base modelsad

    For a few $k more buy the Mitsu ASX, you will thank me lattersmile
    • MotorMouth says,
      2 years ago
      Really? I'm yet to read a decent review of the ASX, which is bigger, heavier and more expensive. This is an exellent example of the two Cazzos, though, side-by-side.
      • CAZZO says,
        2 years ago
        Really? I'm yet to read a decent review of the ASX, which is bigger, heavier and more expensive. This is an exellent example of the two Cazzos, though, side-by-side.

        The ASX is Japanese, it wins v the korean by defaultsmile
  • Brad Ashworth says,
    2 years ago
    So the 1.8 litre fits into a Barina based platform...........Hmm Barina GTI anyone!?biggrin
  • greg says,
    2 years ago
    damn hit every branch of ugly tree on way down ! what is it with that ugly corporate face ?! malibu,dunnydoor,cruze,trax etc . No thanks gmh
    • Ben says,
      2 years ago
      That's the Korean interpretation of what they think Americans like! It's just plain wierd!
  • donk1 says,
    2 years ago
    Why Holden have you not considered the 1.7 td version? (96 kw 300 nm). This is the pick of the engines available, as the standard petrol is so gutless, so fuel inefficient, that it wouldn't rip the guts out of a condom! The diesel would account for around 45% of all sales. Can't tell me there's no business case for a diesel, when diesels are currently accounting for nearly 40% of ALL new vehicle sales in Australia. C'Mon Holden, wake up!
    • Tony O'Kane says,
      2 years ago
      1 like
      Hi stevea,

      The strong diesel uptake is mainly in the large SUV and commercial ute segments. Smaller vehicles are still predominantly petrol, with very few diesel sales.

      Getting 45 percent diesel share for the Trax would be nothing short of a miracle.

      With diesel prices these days, you'd also struggle to recoup the extra cost of a diesel engine over the typical lifespan of a car like the Trax.
  • Ian Kiernan says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    Am I reading this right? Is this "SUV" only available in front-wheel drive? Bit of a non-starter if you ask me. I'll stick with 4wd or AWD and give this vehicle a miss.
  • Pete says,
    2 years ago
    Why no AWD version?
    • Tony O'Kane says,
      2 years ago
      Hi Peter,

      AWD is unavailable as it's not currently engineered for right hand drive. Holden has no plans to introduce an AWD Trax.
  • Matt says,
    2 years ago
    It looks like they tried to make a poor man's Forester but made it 100 times uglier.

    And you really have to try to make a Subaru uglier in most cases.
  • donk1 says,
    2 years ago
    I agree Ian. Needs AWD in the diesel to be a proper contender. Petrol in a FWD man/auto on the cheaper end of the scale & the diesel auto AWD on the higher side. Not a bad vehicle dynamically. Quality above average, but the standard petrol engine is a dud. Just too lethargic & fuel consumption won't come under around 9.6l/100km. So theoretically you are looking around 450-500km out of a tank if you are lucky.
    • War Rocket Ajax says,
      2 years ago
      I don't think awd models would be that popular (other than you guys wanting one!). The target market is probably the 'soccer mom' one. Used to ferry the kids to school, has more space in the boot and a high driving position etc. just like my wife's Nissan Dualis and the most that car has seen off road is a gravel track and parking on the grass. No need for her to have awd. Parking sensors would have been handy though....mad

      It might not appeal to us petrol heads but I can see it being quite successful in the market given its price and features.
      • Balthazaaaaargh says,
        2 years ago
        What would anyone do with an AWD Trax?

        It'd come with the inherent safety that AWD offers, obviously, but if that's the only argument then you might as well say that every car should be AWD, regardless of segment.

        Are you then suggesting you'd buy an AWD Trax so you could take it off-road, or onto the beach?

        You've got other options if that's your goal. Holden's unlikely to suffer because it didn't bother with AWD in the Trax. All they're doing is appealing to people who want exactly nothing more than a jacked-up hatch - and that's a lot more people than you seem to think.
  • Chest Rockjaw says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    A Barina on stilts with a dud petrol engine, naff instrument cluster, and a price premium. GM is joking, right?
  • donk1 says,
    2 years ago
    The idea of an AWD TRAX is the way that a lot of manufacturers are heading. IE. Hyundai,Kia, Subaru etc. It's not a 4WD with high and low range. All wheel drive gives better traction in wet, dry or slippery conditions. 4WD has both High/Low range and is permanent or part time. AWD vehicles have a better ability to keep put of trouble in challenging conditions and can do a little more than the average front or rear wheel drive car.
  • donk1 says,
    2 years ago
    Hi Tony, Diesel cars have a BIG acceptance in Australia for their durability, reliability & economy. This only occurred in the last 12-13 yrs. Current FCAI figures are showing an overall increase of 10-12 % over last yrs totals. Approximately 365,000 diesel cars alone were sold in Australia last yr or 36.5%. of ALL new car sales.This does not include 4WD or light commercial vehicles, which come into a different segment. In 2000/2001 only around 6,000 diesel cars were sold. This had a lot initially to do with petrol being reasonably cheap at that stage, and also acceptance. As fuel prices started increasing dramatically over the last few yrs , more people wanted to downsize to more fuel efficient vehicles, and many importers here were getting enquiries on importing diesels into the country. 2003/2004 saw an explosion of diesel sales for the importers that already had cars for sale, though a lot of importers were still reluctant to bring vehicles in. Once sales figures of the initial importers were realised, just about every other brand on the market jumped in to join the sales rush. Sales have increased substantially since 2004, and have shown no signs of slowing. Currently, it appears that extra diesels will be added by importers over the next 12 months to meet and satisfy current & expected demand.
  • slaptheboss says,
    2 years ago
    1 like
    Another ugly, cheap and nasty car from GMH. Who makes these decisions? No styling, nothing that makes you even want to take a second look. Even VW cars have better looks. No wonder the company is cant sell any cars........
  • Bryan Watson says,
    2 years ago
    Why on earth would they put out a SUV option with out 4 wheel drive . Another reason for not buying a Holden . Down here in Tasmania with its snow bound and slippery roads where I go you would be made not to have 4 wheel drive.
    Guess I will have to stick with Honda CRV.
  • ric farrington says,
    2 years ago
    why is there a digital speedo?very hard to keep on speed just like the barina,no rear disk brakes this is 2013 i think. should be able to get the turbo engine,1.8 not briliant
  • Tash says,
    1 year ago
    smile I bought a trax in February 2014. Sorry guys but I love it. Great on fuel, plenty of space, I think it looks great. I am happy that I have purchased it. Go Holden. smile
  • Lindsay Alford says,
    6 months ago
    Should Have Sat/Nav For People Who Do Not Have A Cell Phone Even If Its A Payable Oppt. Compared With Other Makes On The Market Not A Good Buy.
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