The last thing any family wants to do ahead of their annual road trip this summer is worry about the safety of their car. Well, with the new Holden Equinox, families don’t have to and can focus on the important things in life – road trip snacks; BBQ or Pizza flavoured Shapes anybody?

It’s all because Holden’s newest SUV, Equinox, has bagged itself a five-star ANCAP safety rating – the maximum available – following multiple local crash tests performed recently.

“Safety is Holden’s number one priority, especially for family vehicles like Equinox. I’m a parent of three and I know the peace of mind a five-star rating, and a car packed with safety features, can bring,” said Holden’s Vehicle Safety Manager, Lindsay Mitchell. “Equinox packs a huge amount of high-tech user-friendly safety features that are designed to be used frequently and intuitively without being confusing or overwhelming.

“I personally love Equinox’s Safety Alert Seats* that give the driver a small vibration on the side of the seat a hazard is present. It works really well, especially when you’ve got the kids in the back screaming over the car’s beeps!”

The key to Equinox’s impressive safety credentials is its combination of active and passive safety features, designed to prevent accidents and protect occupants during accidents respectively. On the active safety front, the intelligent Holden Eye* forward facing camera provides Equinox with Auto Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert amongst other features. Equinox also boasts automatic headlights and automatic high-beam dipping to avoid dazzling other drivers.

Passive safety includes six airbags and two ISOFIX child seat attachment points.

To check out the new Holden Equinox’s safety features, customers are encouraged to visit their local Holden dealer with those that buy this year receiving an industry leading seven-year warranty and capped price servicing.

Safe to say, now is a great time to get into an Equinox.

MY18 Equinox Safety Feature Highlights

  • 6 airbags
  • Rear view camera and rear park assist
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage system (x2)
  • Automatic headlamps with LED DRLs
  • Holden Eye forward facing camera system (LS+ and above)
  •      -Autonomous Emergency Braking
  •      -Lane Keep Assist
  •      -Lane Departure Warning
  •      -Following Distance Indicator
  •      -Forward Collision Alert with Head-Up Warning
  • Side Blind Zone Alert (LS+ and above)
  • Safety Alert driver’s seat (LS+ and above)
  • Rear cross traffic alert (LS+ and above)
  • Automatic high beam assist (LS+ and above)
  • Front parking sensors (LT and above)
  • Advanced park assist (automatic perpendicular and parallel parking) (LTZ and above)

*LS+, LT, LTZ and LTZ-V

The all-new Holden Equinox, Australia’s most user-friendly SUV, has been put to the test by Australia’s motoring experts ahead of going on sale and bolstering Holden’s growing SUV line-up. Holden Chairman and Managing Director, Mark Bernhard said, with the all-new Equinox, Holden is responding to changing Australian buyer habits while delivering all the high-tech features and exceptional vehicle dynamics Holden has built its name on.

“Holden already has a strong SUV line up with Captiva, Trax and Trailblazer and now the Equinox takes it to another level. We have an SUV for every lifestyle and still have the Acadia coming later next year,” Bernhard said. “The all-new Equinox is a world-class SUV with an enviable blend of technology, performance and practicality. It also boasts incredible value for money, falling into our seven-year warranty offer until the end of 2017.

“We’re confident Aussies will love Equinox, in fact, we expect it and our other SUVs to account for about 35 per cent of our sales in the future.”

EQUINOX IS PURPOSE-BUILT TO PERFORM

Available at Holden dealers from early December, Equinox launches with two standout turbo-petrol engines (diesel to launch in 2018). With exceptional leading fuel economy, the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol with six-speed manual/auto uses just 6.9L/100km while offering 127kW power and 275Nm torque.

For drivers that want a little more oomph, there’s the stunning, class-leading 2.0-litre turbo-petrol with 9-speed auto, capable of producing 188kW and 353Nm – enough to propel Equinox to 100kph in just over seven seconds.

Equinox’s impressive performance is also underpinned by an adaptive All-Wheel-Drive system† that provides incredible stability, traction and handling. The advanced system uses both pre-emptive and feedback control to precisely control the amount of torque going to the rear wheels, delivered through an electro-hydraulic clutch pack mounted to the rear differential. Monitoring vehicle speeds and throttle position amongst other things, the system can predict the exact amount of torque that is required, ultimately providing the driver with confident handling to provide peace of mind.

Working at Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground and on test trips to North America, Holden engineers have developed unique Australian suspension hardware, damper tune and EPS steering calibrations.

“We’ve worked closely with the team in the US to make sure Equinox has all of the attributes to perform on Australian roads, sealed or unsealed,” said Holden’s Lead Development Engineer for Equinox, Tony Metaxas. “Not only do we have the most power and torque in the segment, we’ve got unique front and rear sway bars, front handling bush, front ride bush and rear lower control arm bushes, all of which work to give drivers a more connected and engaging driving experience.

“Combined with a beautifully weighted, confidence-inspiring steering tune, Equinox is a great SUV for the daily commute and rewards those that venture beyond the city limits.”

AUSTRALIA’S MOST USER-FRIENDLY SUV

Equinox’s credentials go far beyond a strong powertrain lineup and further establish Holden’s focus on user-friendly technology. Making its debut on Equinox is Holden’s Safety Alert driver’s seat which gives drivers a small vibration to alert them of potential hazards. The new safety seat system joins a long list of active safety features including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Keep Assist and Blind Spot Alert.

“Safety Alert driver’s seat, as well as automatic park assist and AEB† are three standout features that will give drivers peace of mind and help mitigate collisions,” said Metaxas.

There’s also an impressive list of comfort and convenience technology additions such as wireless mobile phone charging*, automatic park assist and a kick-motion hands-free power tailgate, all working to make life and the latest adventure that little bit more enjoyable. Equinox also boasts exceptional practicality with segment leading storage space totaling 1798-litres with its 60:40 split fold-flat seats folded down.

Equinox will go on sale December 2017 with customers encouraged to register their interest on the Holden website for the latest info and offers.

* for compatible devices
† certain trim levels only

Pricing - RRP

LS MT $27,990
LS AT † $29,990
LS+ † $32,990
LT † $36,990
LTZ* † $39,990
LTZ-V † $46,290

* AWD option on LTZ - $4300
† Diesel option on sale 2018 - pricing TBC

Pricing - Driveaway

LS MT $29,990
LS AT $31,990
LS+ AT $34,990
LT AT $39,990

Colours

  • Summit White
  • Glory Red
  • Blue Steel^
  • Son of a Gun Grey^
  • Nitrate Silver^
  • Pepperdust^
  • Tuxedo Black^

^ prestige paint - $550 premium

MY18 Equinox Feature Highlights

LS:

  • 1.5-litre turbo ECOTEC petrol engine
  • 6-speed automatic/manual transmission
  • 6 airbags
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Rear view camera and rear park assist
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage system (x2)
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Automatic headlamps with LED DRLs
  • Active Noise Cancellation (auto only)
  • Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 7-inch high-resolution colour touch-screen display 
  •      -Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto phone projection
  •      -Full iPod® integration including Siri Eyes Free

LS+ features over LS:

  • Holden Eye forward facing camera system
  •      -Autonomous Emergency Braking
  •      -Lane Keep Assist
  •      -Lane Departure Warning
  •      -Following Distance Indicator
  •      -Forward Collision Alert with Head-Up Warning
  • Side Blind Spot Alert
  • Safety Alert driver’s seat
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automatic high beam assist
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Power folding exterior mirrors
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)

LT features over LS+:

  • 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 8-inch high-resolution colour touch-screen display
  •      -Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto phone projection
  •      -Full iPod® integration including Siri Eyes Free
  •      -Satellite Navigation with full colour mapping with live traffic updates, traffic management control and points of interest
  • USB charge points (2x front, 2 x rear), 12v charge point (1 x front, 1 x rear) and 230V universal power outlet
  • Heated front seats
  • Front parking sensors
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Provision for roof rack mounting
  • One-touch 60/40 split-folding rear seats with rear cargo release
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)
  • HID headlights

LTZ features over LT:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • Advanced park assist (automatic perpendicular and parallel parking)
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Leather-appointed seating
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Roof rails
  • DAB+
  • LED headlights and tail-lights
  • Bose® premium audio system
  • LED headlights
  • Power driver’s seat with lumbar and memory
  • Adaptive AWD system (optional)
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)

LTZ-V features over LTZ:

  • Dual-panel panoramic sunroof
  • Heated leather steering wheel
  • Power passenger seat with lumbar and memory
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Adaptive AWD system (standard)
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)

Holden has announced pricing and further product details for the all-new Equinox, slated to go on sale in December. With SUV sales booming in Australia during 2017, Equinox has the credentials to take advantage of the trend and battle it out at the top of the mid-size SUV segment, in technology, practicality and performance.

Equinox’s enviable list of technology features include active safety aides such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Side Blind Spot Alert, all combining to create a radar-sensor shield to cover the car from every angle. There’s also comfort and infotainment standouts including active noise cancellation, driver’s seat safety alert, heated front and rear seats, hands-free power tailgate and wireless phone charging.*

Combined with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol, nine-speed auto powertrain that boasts more power than its nearest competitor along with the Aussie engineering know how that’s ensured Holdens for generations have been great to drive, means exciting times for SUV lovers in Australia.

“Equinox is a game-changer for Holden and will undoubtedly battle it out at the top of the mid-size SUV segment,” said Holden’s Executive Director – Sales, Michael Filazzola. “Our customers are demanding more technology and more performance without sacrificing any practicality or value, and with Equinox, Holden is delivering once again.

“We’ve got premium features like a dual-panel panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel and safety alert drivers seat that gives a small vibration to warn drivers of potential hazards. Not to mention Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a rear-view camera as standard across the range.

“In terms of practicality, Equinox has a huge cargo space of 1798 litres when the fold-flat seats are down, a hands-free power tailgate and the one of the highest towing capacities in the segment. With the range starting at $27,990 and a launch offer including seven year/175,000km warranty this car provides outstanding value to our customers.”

Equinox will go on sale December 2017 with customers encouraged to register their interest on the Holden website for the latest info and offers.

*for compatible devices

Pricing

  • LS MT - $27,990
  • LS AT † - $29,990
  • LS+ † - $32,990
  • LT † - $36,990
  • LTZ* † - $39,990
  • LTZ-V † - $46,290

* AWD option on LTZ - $4,300
† Diesel option on sale 2018 – pricing TBC

Colours

  • Summit White
  • Glory Red ^
  • Blue Steel^
  • Son of a Gun Grey^
  • Nitrate Silver^
  • Pepperdust^
  • Tuxedo Black^

^ prestige paint - $550 premium

MY18 Equinox Feature Highlights

LS:

  • 1.5-litre turbo ECOTEC petrol engine
  • 6-speed automatic/manual transmission
  • 6 airbags
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Rear view camera and rear park assist
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage system (x2)
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • Automatic headlamps with LED DRLs
  • Active Noise Cancellation (auto only)
  • Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 7-inch high-resolution colour touch-screen display 
  •      -Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto phone projection
  •      -Full iPod® integration including Siri Eyes Free

LS+ features over LS:

  • Holden Eye forward facing camera system
  •      -Autonomous Emergency Braking
  •      -Lane Keep Assist
  •      -Lane Departure Warning
  •      -Following Distance Indicator
  •      -Forward Collision Alert with Head-Up Warning
  • Side Blind Spot Alert
  • Safety Alert driver’s seat
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Automatic high beam assist
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Power folding exterior mirrors
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)

LT features over LS+:

  • 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Holden MyLink Infotainment System with 8-inch high-resolution colour touch-screen display 
  •      -Apple CarPlay® and Android® Auto phone projection
  •      -Full iPod® integration including Siri Eyes Free
  •      -Satellite Navigation with full colour mapping with live traffic updates, traffic management control and points of interest
  • USB charge points (2x front, 2 x rear), 12v charge point (1 x front, 1 x rear) and 230V universal power outlet
  • Heated front seats
  • Front parking sensors
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Provision for roof rack mounting
  • One-touch 60/40 split-folding rear seats with rear cargo release
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)
  • HID headlights

LTZ features over LT:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels
  • Hands-free power tailgate
  • Advanced park assist (automatic perpendicular and parallel parking)
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Leather-appointed seating
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Roof rails
  • DAB+
  • LED headlights and tail-lights
  • Bose® premium audio system
  • LED headlights
  • Power driver’s seat with lumbar and memory
  • Adaptive AWD system (optional)
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)

LTZ-V features over LTZ:

  • Dual-panel panoramic sunroof
  • Heated leather steering wheel
  • Power passenger seat with lumbar and memory
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Adaptive AWD system (standard)
  • Diesel engine option (coming 2018)

Holden’s new kid on the block, Astra Sportwagon, has landed in Australia offering customers a sleek and stunning blend of car-like dynamics and drivability with SUV-like space. The thirteenth new vehicle to launch following Holden’s 2015 promise to launch 24 new models by 2020, Astra Sportwagon joins its Astra Hatch and Astra Sedan siblings to complete Holden’s most advanced small car range ever.

Designed and engineered alongside its hatch sibling, at Opel’s Russelsheim headquarters, and built in the UK at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing facility, Astra Sportwagon benefits from the same tuning setup as the hatch, co-developed by the Holden team over multiple European testing drives.

“Astra Sportwagon gives our customers a real alternative to small SUVs. It’s got the space and practicality you’d expect of an SUV but with the style and performance of the award-winning Astra Hatch,” said Holden’s Executive Director – Sales, Michael Filazzola. “Astra Sportwagon is also packed to the brim with technology, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic park and a kick-gesture power tailgate which is great when your hands are full with the week’s grocery shop!”

But it’s not all about space and practicality, dynamically Astra Sportwagon is no slouch with the same punchy 1.4-litre turbo engine and six-speed automatic transmission as in the hatch, capable of producing 110kW and 240Nm torque. In terms of fuel economy, drivers can expect a frugal 5.9l/100km thanks to Astra Sportwagon’s lightweight architecture and stop/start technology across the range.

Important for SUV converts and active families, Astra Sportwagon boasts an impressive 1,630L (rear seats folded) boot space, in addition to all the high-tech safety features you’d expect of a new Holden. Astra Sportwagon is protected by a full suite of active safety technology including Auto Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert in addition to a Rear View Camera – all available as standard across the range. All combine to offer a full five star ANCAP safety rating.

Astra Sportwagon will be available at Holden dealerships nationwide from October.

Pricing:

  • LS+ auto - $25,740
  • LT auto - $29,940

Vehicle range highlights:

LS+

  • 1.4-litre turbo engine (110kW/240Nm)
  • 6-speed Auto standard with Stop/Start
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Rear Park Assist / Rear Camera
  • Holden Eye forward facing camera
  •     -AEB City Stop
  •     -Lane Keep Assist
  •     -Forward Collision Alert
  •     -Forward distance indicator
  • Phone projection (Apple CarPlay/Android Auto)
  • Digital Radio (DAB+)
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Electrochromatic Mirror
  • 7-inch colour touchscreen
  • Projector headlamps with LED DRL’s
  • Six speaker premium audio
  • Cruise Control – with Speed Limiter
  • 60/40 fold flat rear seat
  • Express Up/Down Windows

LT (additional to LS+)

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather Interior Trim
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Passive Entry & Push-Button Start (PEPS)
  • 8-inch colour touchscreen
  • Embedded satellite navigation
  • Climate Control
  • Side Blind Spot Alert
  • Advanced Park Assist (automatic park)
  • Heated Outside Mirrors

Colours available

  • Absolute Red
  • Nitrate Silver*
  • Cosmic Grey*
  • Phantom Black*
  • Heron White
  • Darkmoon Blue*

* Prestige paint - $550 premium

Holden has lifted the covers on the range-topping VXR variant of the next-generation Holden Commodore.

With a focus on dynamic handling, efficient performance and stunning traction off the line, Commodore VXR will show a different side to Holden’s performance capabilities while still using lessons learned from almost 40 years of continuous local Commodore development.

Differentiating the VXR as the jewel in the next-generation Commodore crown, the range-topping model boasts Brembo front brakes and a unique sports set-up allowing drivers to switch between driving modes. Driver-adjustable settings include Continuous Damping Control (CDC), steering, transmission and the adaptive AWD system.

Packing a 3.6-litre V6 engine pumping out 235W and 381Nm, paired with a 9-speed transmission and adaptive all-wheel drive system boasting torque vectoring technology and a twin-clutch rear differential. Combined with the selectable drive modes, the all-new Commodore VXR blends power with control for ultimate driver engagement.

“The next-gen Commodore VXR offers a different execution of performance to the outgoing SS but make no mistake, this is a more than worthy successor,” said Holden’s renowned Lead Dynamics Engineer, Rob Trubiani.

“We’ve been involved in the development of this car from the beginning and I personally have spent significant time behind the wheel overseas and at Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground.

“The V6 engine with the adaptive AWD and 9-speed transmission make the VXR a quick and smooth car to drive, even in wet conditions. Importantly we also have Brembo front brakes and Continuous Damping Control (CDC) and drivers are able to switch between three driving modes for distinctly different drive experiences.

“We can’t wait to get the car in the hands of our customers next year but for now, we’ve still got some work to do and will continue to work with the team in Europe, who are currently completing chassis development at Nürburgring in Germany.”

The next-generation Commodore VXR also adds sports styling to its ‘Sculptural Artistry Meets German Precision’ design language with bespoke 20-inch alloy wheels, larger rear spoiler, front and rear sports fascias and premium VXR sill plates.

Other highlights include next-generation adaptive LED Matrix headlights, heated and ventilated leather performance front seats, a wealth of cutting-edge driver assistance technology. The next-generation Commodore VXR will be on sale alongside the rest of the sedan range, along with Sportwagon and Tourer body styles, in early 2018.

NEXT-GENERATION COMMODORE VXR KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Performance credentials
  •      -3.6-litre V6 engine
  •      -9-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifter select
  •      -Adaptive AWD with torque vectoring
  •      -Hi-per strut suspension
  •      -Three driver-select modes for engaging drive experience;
  • Sports inspired styling
  •      -Front and rear sports fascias
  •      -Unique VXR rear lip spoiler
  •      -20-inch alloy wheels
  •      -Unique VXR sports performance front seats
  •      -Heated and ventilated leather front seats
  • Cutting-edge driver assistance systems and technology:
  •      -Next-generation Adaptive LED Matrix headlights
  •      -360 degree camera
  •      -Autonomous Emergency Braking (with pedestrian protection)
  •      -Adaptive Cruise Control
  •      -Lane Departure Warning
  •      -Lane Keep Assist
  •      -Forward Collision Alert
  •      -Side Blind-Zone Alert
  •      -Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  •      -Head Up Display

Holden has announced the all-new Astra Sportwagon will be heading to Australia to join the recently launched Astra hatch and the recently announced Astra sedan to complete Holden’s most advanced small car range ever.

Following its popularity with European customers, and utilizing the same design language as the award-winning Astra Hatch, the incoming Astra Sportwagon boasts a spritely 1.4-litre turbo engine with six-speed automatic transmission and stop/start technology across the range.

Arguably the greatest attraction for adventuring families is Astra Sportwagon’s internal storage, with over 1,600L of boot space ensuring even the most indecisive of luggage packers is taken care of. Precious cargo is protected by a full suite of active safety technology including Auto Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist and Forward Collision Alert in addition to a Rear View Camera. Astra Sportwagon’s technology also extends beyond safety with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, hands-free power tailgate and passive entry/push-button start, combining for ultimate driver convenience.

Holden’s Executive Director – Sales, Michael Filazzola, said Astra Sportwagon provides style, space and technology to customers whilst not sacrificing the engaging driving dynamics Astra has built its reputation on.

“With Astra Sportwagon joining Astra hatch and Astra sedan, we’re making sure there’s an exciting and desirable Holden small car to suit any taste or circumstance,” said Filazzola. “Astra Sportwagon gives customers the best of all worlds with sleek, stylish design and impressive interior space, all supported by a wealth of driving and infotainment technology.”

Designed and engineered alongside its hatch sibling, at Opel’s Russelsheim headquarters, and built in the UK at Vauxhall’s Ellesmere Port manufacturing facility, Astra Sportwagon benefits from the same tuning setup as the hatch, co-developed by the Holden team over multiple European testing drives.

Astra Sportwagon will be the thirteenth new vehicle to be launched since Holden’s 2015 commitment to introduce 24 new models by 2020. Holden’s new model onslaught also includes a further three vehicles confirmed; Equinox, Acadia and the next-generation Commodore.

Just weeks before hitting showrooms, pricing has been confirmed for Holden’s all-new Astra Sedan, starting at just $21,990 driveaway. That’s $21,990 driveaway for Holden’s newest, world-class small car with a five star ANCAP rating, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a rear view camera as standard. Not to mention with sleek new design, Aussie engineering and Lifetime Capped Price servicing for the full ownership experience.

“We’re really proud of the new Astra Sedan, not just because of its long list of features and comfortable drive but also for its outstanding customer value both at purchase and throughout ownership,” said Holden Managing Director, Mark Bernhard. “Launching with $21,990 driveaway puts Astra right at the pointy end of small-car segment pricing and then when you consider Capped Price Servicing totaling only $916 for the first three years or 60,000km, customers can be sure they’ve got a great deal and will be well looked after.”

Offered in four trim levels – LS, LS+, LT and LTZ – Astra Sedan packs the same sharp but frugal 1.4-litre turbocharged engine that has proven popular in the Astra hatch. The turbocharged engine, boasting 110kW and up to 245Nm of torque, is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with active select. Manual transmission is also available on the LS model.

Signature Holden Dynamics

Complementing its impressive powertrain, Astra Sedan has also received the magic touch from Holden’s talented engineering group. In-depth local testing in and around Holden’s Lang Lang proving ground has ensured Astra Sedan exhibits the refinement and composure displayed by its sporty sibling.

“We’ve developed a unique steering tune for Astra which gives it a more balanced and responsive feel and, ultimately, adds to the drivers’ confidence in the car,” said Holden’s Lead Dynamics Engineer, Rob Trubiani. “We also tuned the car’s suspension dampers and chassis controls to make sure Astra feels safe and comfortable on long journeys, but inspiring to drive through the corners.”

Customers Demand USer-Friendly Technology

As with all new Holdens, technology is a big part of the car and in Astra Sedan it’s as user-friendly and intuitive as ever.

“We know our customers place great importance on in-car technology but they also don’t want to be overwhelmed by it,” said Bernhard. “Customers want to be able to drive with ease and in comfort and know that if they want to listen to their music, it’s safe and easy. If they need to make a call or search directions, it’s easy. That’s where Astra Sedan excels.”

With the intuitive Apple CarPlay and Android Auto offered as standard and supported by a 7-inch or 8-inch colour touch screen customers’ music, call and navigation needs are well looked after. Other interior tech goodies include push-button start, satellite navigation and a wealth of active safety features*.

Another easy-to-use bit of user-friendly technology is Advanced Park Assist which allows customers to drive alongside a car parking space, push a button and then take control of the pedals while the car handles the steering. That means no more multiple attempts and no more main street parking stress.

Specification highlights of the all-new Astra Sedan range:

LS

  • 1.4-litre turbocharged engine (110kW and up to 245Nm)
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with self-select/six-speed manual (LS only)
  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Six airbags
  • Rear view camera and rear parking sensors
  • Automatic headlights
  • 7-inch colour touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 5 star ANCAP rating
  • Cruise control

LS+ (over and above LS)

  • Holden Eye forward facing camera
  •      Lane Keep Assist
  •      Forward Distance Indicator
  •      Forward Collision Alert
  • Projector headlamps with LED daytime running lamps
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Auto highbeam assist

LT (over and above LS+)

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Side Blind Spot Alert
  • Passive Entry and Push-button Start
  • Advanced Park Assist (auto park)
  • Rain Sensing Wipers
  • 8 inch colour touch screen
  • Embedded Satellite Navigation
  • Digital Radio (DAB+)
  • Heated exterior mirrors
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Lip spoiler
  • Remote Start

LTZ (over and above LT)

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Electric sunroof
  • Heated leather-appointed seats
  • Single zone climate control
  • Chrome exterior highlights

All-new Astra Sedan is priced from:

Model Driveaway offer
LS manual $21,990
LS auto $23,990
LS+ auto $24,990
LT auto $27,990
LTZ auto See Holden.com

Astra Sedan is available in the following colours:

  • Summit White
  • Absolute Red
  • Gasoline (NEW)…+
  • Old Blue Eyes +…
  • Nitrate Silver+…
  • Satin Steel Grey… +
  • Phantom Black…+

* on LT and LTZ models
… +$550 prestige paint

Two new cars have entered the Australasian market this week with 5 star ANCAP safety ratings - the Subaru XV and Holden Astra sedan.

“The Astra sedan and XV offer high levels of protection to occupants across a variety of crash scenarios including frontal, side and rear-end crashes,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. The Subaru XV achieved a ‘Good’ pedestrian protection rating and a ‘Good’ rating for whiplash protection. The 5 star ANCAP safety rating applies to all variants.

“Autonomous emergency braking, which can assist the driver by braking automatically in a critical situation, is offered as standard on the three higher XV variants however it is not available on the base variant.”

The pedestrian protection rating for the Astra sedan was ‘Acceptable’ and its whiplash rating was ‘Good’. Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is not available on the Astra sedan.

“It is disappointing autonomous emergency braking is not available across the board on two new models and we continue to encourage consumers to ask for, and brands to offer, this potentially life-saving technology,” said Goodwin. “As our requirements become more stringent next year, it will not be possible for new models to achieve a 5 star ANCAP safety rating without an effective AEB system fitted as standard.”

Holden’s all-new Astra Sedan has joined its hatch sibling in being awarded the maximum five-star ANCAP safety rating following recent testing in Australia.

Developed in Europe alongside Astra Hatch, the all-new Astra Sedan’s safety credentials are built from its lightweight, high-strength steel safety cage which provides outstanding levels of passive safety, particularly in side impact testing. Complementing the high-strength steel safety cage are other passive safety features including two ISOFIX child seat attachment points to aid easier child seat fitment.

While passive safety performance is critical when a vehicle is involved in a collision, it goes without saying that preventing a collision is even better, and this is another area in which Astra Sedan performs well. As with recent releases including Colorado, Trailblazer, Astra Hatch and Trax, rear park assist and rear view camera are offered as standard across the range, helping to prevent low-speed parking collisions and reducing the potential for accidents during reversing situations.

Key to Astra Sedan LT and LTZ’s active safety is the use of the ‘Holden Eye’ forward-facing camera which is packed with technology designed to alert or correct the driver before a collision situation is even close. Key features include Lane Keep Assist, which nudges you back into the lane if you veer out, Forward Distance Indicator and Forward Collision Alert, which advise a safe distance to the vehicle in front and warn of a potential impact respectively.

Another important feature to prevent collisions is Side Blind Spot Alert which gives drivers an indication of when a vehicle is approaching in their blind spot via an illuminated icon in the exterior mirrors.

“The safety features on our vehicles is of paramount importance to us and with Astra Sedan, we’ve taken a long list of features available in the global program,” said Holden’s Director Vehicle Performance & Safety, Ian Butler. “The passive and active safety features are critical to Astra Sedan’s appeal and one feature that ranks as really important for us is offering a rear view camera as standard across the Astra range. The rear view camera is something we expect drivers to use multiple times a day and often in situations where people are close by and it’s easy not to see them. Getting this into the entire Astra range as standard was a no-brainer.”

The ANCAP five star rated Astra Sedan goes on sale in Australia in early June.

Astra Sedan safety features include:

  • Rear view camera and Rear Park Assist
  • Front Park Assist (LT, LTZ)
  • Holden Eye forward facing camera that facilitates (LS+, LT, LTZ):
  •     Lane Departure Warning
  •     Lane Keep Assist
  •     Forward Distance Indicator
  •     Forward Collision Alert
  • Side Blind Spot Alert (LT, LTZ)
  • Rain-sensing wipers (LTZ)
  • Automatic park (LT, LTZ)
  • Auto high-beam lights (LS+, LT, LTZ)
  • 2 x ISOFIX child seat attachment points

Holden has announced its adventure-ready 4x4 SUV, Trailblazer, will receive the Z71 treatment in an initial run of just 400 Special Edition vehicles. Inspired by the success of its Colorado Crew Cab pick-up sibling, the Trailblazer Z71 is based off the top-of-the-range Trailblazer LTZ and adds a long list of styling enhancements to give the car a fresh new look.

Already boasting impressive three-tonne towing capacity and shift-on-the-fly 4WD, the Trailblazer Z71 adds key exterior upgrades including 18-inch black alloy wheels, a selection of black design content, as well as the striking Z71 livery. Inside, Trailblazer’s heated front leather-appointed seats are upgraded with intricate Z71 head rest embroidery, adding to the already available rear view camera and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto supported infotainment system.

“The Trailblazer Z71 special edition adds stand-out styling to our adventure-ready, family-friendly 4x4 SUV, showing customers they really can have it all,” said Holden’s Director – Communications, Sean Poppitt. “With its impressive performance on and off roads as well as its connectivity and active safety technology, Trailblazer has already proved itself a well-equipped performer and now with new black wheels and black styling features it can do it all with an even greater presence on the roads.”

The new special edition Trailblazer Z71 goes on sale in an initial run of 400 vehicles in June and is priced at a $1,000 premium to LTZ on which it is based. Trailblazer Z71 includes the following content:

  • 18-inch painted alloy wheels (from Z71 pickup)
  • Black Body Side Mouldings
  • Black Belt Line Mouldings
  • Black Mirrors
  • Black Door handles
  • Gloss black B-Pillar appliques
  • Z71 Hood Decals
  • Z71 Head Rest Embroidery
  • Z71 Floor Mats

Trailblazer Z71 is available in the following colours:

  • Summit White
  • Absolute Red
  • Satin Steel Grey*
  • Mineral Black *

*prestige paint at $550 premium