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Mike Stevens | Jun, 07 2012 | 4 Comments

Holden has confirmed a 2013 debut for its new Trax small SUV, hot on the heels of its unveiling in Chevrolet form last month.

Destined for more than 140 global markets, the Trax will retain much of its existing 'Chevy' styling when it comes to Australia, while donning the familiar Holden badge and grille.

Entering below the existing Captiva 5 midsized SUV, the small Trax will likely start between $20,000 to $25,000.

Engine details for the new Barina-based crossover have not been revealed, although it is likely that GM's 1.4 litre petrol engine - already powering the Buick Encore and Holden Cruze - will feature.

The Encore also features a six-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel-drive layout, and both will likely come to the Trax.

While specific launch timing in 2013 has still to be revealed, Holden says the Trax is currently undergoing testing on public roads - meaning buyers could catch a glimpse of the new model in the lead-up to its sales debut.

“Holden is well recognised within the GM world for our expertise in engine and transmission calibration and we are very pleased to be involved in the development of this important vehicle,” Holden Director of Powertrain Engineering, Simon Cassin said.

“We are working closely with the homeroom on global calibration work and of course making further refinements to ensure Trax will be well suited to Australian roads and conditions when it arrives next year.”

In Australia, Holden's crossover will tackle the Subaru XV, the Skoda Yeti and the upcoming Ford EcoSport.

Above: the Buick Encore.
Above: the Buick Encore.

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