Another chapter in Holden’s product renaissance is set to begin with the Australian debut of the stylish all-new Barina hatchback at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne.
The new generation model, on sale in October, will enhance the appeal of Holden’s small car range which now includes the highly-acclaimed Australian-built Cruze sedan and hatch and the baby of the Holden family, Barina Spark.
Barina, which has already been launched successfully in Europe and the United States by Holden’s sister brand Chevrolet, brings fresh new styling and a high level of standard safety features to the sub-compact segment.
Its striking interior and exterior design was led by Holden’s Ondrej Koromhaz while on assignment at General Motors’ South Korea design centre and takes familiar design cues from its Barina Spark and Cruze siblings.
Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux said the Australian debut of the new-generation Barina marked a new chapter in the proud 26-year history of the popular light car.
“The introduction of this new model shows Barina has really grown up. This is a world-class vehicle with leading design and safety credentials. We think it’s going to be a real hit in showrooms around the country,” Mr Devereux said.
“Importantly, it represents yet another example of our product renaissance which is seeing our entire model line-up refreshed with exciting new vehicles designed to beat other entries, not just compete with them.
“The eye-catching design of the all-new Barina will make it stand out from the crowd and deliver what Australian small car drivers need and want.
“We’re excited about Barina’s potential and we think it will appeal to an even broader range of customers when it goes on sale in a few months.”
Locally-inspired interior and exterior design
Barina boasts a muscular appearance with a wide stance, sculpted body panels and dynamic proportions. Its five door body has a coupe-like profile with aggressive shoulder lines and concealed rear door handles.
Rounded, exposed head and taillights give the front and rear fascia a three-dimensional, sporty appearance with its dynamic proportions carried through the high beltline, sweeping roofline and integrated rear spoiler.
Its compact dimensions conceal a spacious and edgy interior complete with motorcycle-inspired instrument panel and multiple storage pockets.
On the driver’s side, the detailed instrument cluster features a large, round analogue tachometer set within an asymmetrical LCD readout alongside an easy-to-read digital speedometer. Ice blue interior illumination and LED backlighting is featured throughout the cabin.
As the leader of the advanced global design work, Koromahz said he was proud to see the all-new Barina make its first appearance in his home country.
“After several years in the making, it’s very satisfying to see the finished product ready to hit Aussie roads. I think customers in this country will respond really positively to the new Barina,” he said.
“We worked hard to give it an assertive appearance with lots of character that will appeal equally to men and women.
“We also aimed to deliver a really strong road presence with modern, sporty details like exposed headlights and concealed rear door handles.
“Overall, it’s pleasing that we’ve been able to deliver Holden customers such a strong package.”
Barina’s modern interior design and spacious layout is enhanced by an array of convenience features, including Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB input with iPod connectivity, cruise control and steering wheel audio controls.
With performance to match its good looks, the all-new Barina is equipped with a responsive 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine equipped with a 16-valve cylinder head with dual overhead camshafts and variable valve timing. It comes mated to a five-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic.
Barina also boasts a high level of standard safety features.
It delivers the active safety benefits of Electronic Stability Control (ESC), incorporating an anti-lock braking system, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution and traction control. Occupants are protected by a total of six airbags – dual front, front side impact and full length curtain airbags.
The all-new Barina will be on display alongside a range of Holden vehicles at the Australian International Motor Show at Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 1-10 July.
New model pricing, full specifications and features will be announced closer to launch.