2015 Holden Trax LTZ gets 1.4 turbo, on sale August

Holden has announced a new flagship variant of the funky little Trax small SUV, introducing the company’s 1.4-litre turbo into the lineup for the first time. The new engine option coincides with the MY2015 update.

2015 Holden Trax LTZ

Up until now the Trax has only been available with a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine producing 103kW of power and 175Nm. Its average fuel consumption figure is 7.0L/100km when fitted with the manual transmission, and 7.6L/100km with the auto.

The new 1.4, now standard with the top-spec LTZ, produces 103kW as well but thanks to the turbo it produces 200Nm. The maximum torque is available from 1850rpm to 4900rpm, giving it a wider span of comfortable pulling grunt.

Like the rest of the Trax range, the LTZ is front-wheel drive. It only comes with an automatic transmission, and provides a fuel economy average of 6.9L/100km. Jeremy Tassone, Holden’s vehicle development manager, 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.”

Other MY15 updates include a set of fresh 18-inch alloy wheels for the LTZ, auto wipers, a standard sunroof, and an armrest for the driver. All models continue to come with the company’s latest MyLink touch-screen interface with full connectivity and media options.

It officially hits the market on August 18. Prices are as follows (excluding on-road costs):

2015 Holden Trax LS 1.8 manual – $23,990
2015 Holden Trax LS 1.8 auto – $26,190
2015 Holden Trax LTZ 1.8 auto – $28,490
2015 Holden Trax LTZ 1.4T auto – $29,990