09 HOLDEN TRAX

LOCAL TUNING SAVES HOLDENíS AGEING BABY

BYRON MATHIOUDAKIS


IT SEEMS YOU can teach an old pooch new tricks. At seven years of age, the Trax might be in the bloom of youth compared to the ancient ASX, but in the harsh light of 2020, itís still a fossil. That said, thanks to some deft Aussie tuning and a significant update, as with the evergreen Mitsubishi, the littlest Holden still holds some big appeal.

For those with short memories, the Trax is a Chevrolet built on General Motorsí Gamma II architecture - a platform initially devised by Opel (now part of PSA Peugeot) for the 2000s Corsa, but since overhauled by GM Korea (formerly Daewoo) for scores of models like the now-defunct Barina.

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Launched locally in 2013, the original proved a hit, helping establish the nascent urban crossover segment. Propelled by a Series II facelift in 2017 (which included a revamped nose, dash and trim, 1.4-litre turbo power on all autos and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto), itís easy to comprehend how the Trax remained Holdenís best-selling SUV until last year.

SPECS

Model Holden Trax LS