2017 Holden Barina is out – still a Chevrolet Sonic image

The city dweller for Australia gets a new front end inspired by the great Chevrolet Camaro and a host of other improvements to make it more interesting for the buyers in the Land Down Under.

The 2017 Holden Barina is a rebadged Chevrolet Sonic but at least it does come with a new pair of headlights along with a slightly reworked radiator grille and other subtle styling enhancements. All changes were designed by GM’s Australia Design team to build an “all grown up” look and make it more interesting among young customers. The new model year also includes changes to the lineup – which gets simpler – the 2017 Barina can be had in LS and LT trims. Both feature perks such as a seven-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Other amenities include LED daytime running lights and a rearview camera with rear park assist.

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In the LT trim Holden will also pack a bigger 17-inch set of alloys, as well as heated front seats, leather steering wheel, passive entry, push button start, and a better upholstery. No matter the choice, the 2017 Holden Barina’s heart is a naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter gasoline engine mated to a five-speed manual gearbox or an optional six-speed automatic transmission exclusive to the LT. The power reaches 114 horsepower (85 kilowatts) at 6,000 rpm and 114 pound-feet (155 Newton-meters) of torque at 4,000 rpm. Pricing starts from 14,990 AUD for the base LS with manual and surges to $20,390 for the automatic LT.