Holden releases new range topping 2014 Trax LTZ

2014 Holden Trax LTZ Turbo Holden releases new range topping 2014 Trax LTZ

The Australian automaker Holden (GM Holden) was founded in 1856 as a company for manufacturing saddles. In 1908, it first ventured into the automotive field led by Edward Holden. The brand became a subsidiary of General Motors in 1931 and since then has been in charge of GM’s vehicle operations in Australia and New Zealand. In addition to locally manufactured cars, Holden also sells rebadged models from other popular GM brands like Opel, Suzuki, Nissan, Toyota, Vauxhall and Chevrolet. In 2013, Holden launched the ‘Trax’ compact SUV in Australia and other parts of Oceania market. It is a rebadged version of the ‘Chevrolet Trax’. The model was inspired by the 2007 concept car of the same name. Now for the 2015 model year, Holden has released a range topping version, the ‘Trax LTZ Turbo’.

The official press release states, “Holden today revealed exciting updates to its popular small SUV, Trax, including the introduction of a high-tech 1.4 litre turbocharged engine on the LTZ model. The new optional 1.4 litre iTi petrol engine comes with a six-speed automatic transmission and delivers 103kW of power and 200Nm of torque. With fuel economy of just 6.9 litres per 100 kilometres*, this new addition makes it one of the most fuel efficient cars in the Australian compact SUV market. The spirited and fun to drive 1.4 litre iTi Trax LTZ boasts a flat torque curve where peak torque is achieved at a low engine speed of only 1850rpm, allowing drivers to experience a refined and responsive drive in both city and country environments. Torque remains at 200Nm right through the range up to 1850 to 4900rpm, ensuring optimum performance between traffic lights and on inclines. The 1.4 litre iTi engine, which can also be found on the sporty Barina RS and locally-made Cruze, has been specifically calibrated by Holden engineers for Australian roads and is enhanced with a locally tuned suspension, tailored precisely to meet the needs of Australian drivers.” On the occasion of the release, Holden’s Vehicle Development Manager Jeremy Tassone said, “The 1.4 litre turbocharged engine provides drivers with even greater levels of refinement and performance, and when combined with the locally tuned chassis and steering, makes for a really fun and enjoyable drive…Holden’s talented engineers have done a fantastic job to ensure that the new 1.4 litre Trax LTZ has been designed to suit Australian driver preferences. Their hard work has really paid off.”

Exterior/Interior

Since this is a range topping model, the features in the car is also likewise. The new model has on the exterior- powerful fog lights, rain sensing wipers and stylish 18 inch alloy wheels.

Inside the new ‘Trax LTZ Turbo’ has a maximum cargo capacity of 1370 liter. Some standard interior features are: manual air conditioning system, Sunroof, power windows, trip computer, rear view camera, automatic dusk-sensing headlamps, folding down driver arm rest, cruise control. There is also a good infotainment system with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming features. It is enhanced by MyLink connectivity suite with 7 inch color touchscreen display, internet streaming apps like Pandora and BringGo sat-nav, Siri Eyes-free compatibility. The steering wheel has mounted audio controls.

Engine/Safety Features

The model has received 5 star ratings for safety from ANCAP. There are safety features in the car like- Dual front, side and head airbags, height adjustable front seatbelts, adjustable head restraints, ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control and stability control.

Delivering a good performance is a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4 cylinder engine that can produce 138 bhp (103 kW) and torque of 200 Nm (147 lb-ft) of torque. It is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

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