Refreshing new look inside and out for 3-door & 5-door hatch GM Holden continues its competitive push into the value end of the light car market with a fresh new look and feel for the Barina 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks, plus the addition of side impact airbags across the range.

Starting from $14,490*, the upgraded Holden Barina hatchbacks represent exceptional value for money, boasting a 1.6 litre powertrain and refreshed exterior and interior styling.

Most notably, the Barina 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks have been given a more dynamic body design, highlighted by a strong Euro-styled front fascia and rear end treatments.

Inside, the interior is significantly upgraded and features an updated instrument panel, console and new fabric trim.

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From a safety perspective, all Barina models including the the 4-door Barina sedan receive driver, front passenger and side impact airbags as standard.

GM Holden Director of Marketing, Philip Brook said the latest Barina range offered customers choice, style and function at a great value price.

"With three body styles, striking exterior and interior design improvements, Barina will appeal to a broad range of customer groups. Add side impact airbags and the package becomes even more attractive," Brook said.

"Barina represents great value for money in a growing segment of the market that appreciates fuel economy and the convenience of a small vehicle."

Barina 3-door and 5-door hatchback's updated design is reflected in the strong signature radiator grille flanked by large curved and jewelled headlamps.

Dynamic detailing includes sporty contours which flow from the bonnet to the A-pillar with prominent shoulder lines, rear roof spoiler and a rear bumper fascia surmounted by clear round tail lamps.

The Barina hatch models also get a cleverly packaged interior characterised by the new instrument panel which features a matt chrome-trimmed four-circle instrument cluster.

Air vents on the new centre console repeat the circular theme and the fully integrated audio unit is MP3 compatible. Heating and air-conditioning controls are large and user-friendly.

The Barina range improves occupant safety with the inclusion of side impact airbags for driver and front passenger, which extend upwards to provide head as well as thorax protection and complement the driver and front passenger airbags already standard.

Barina is powered by a 1.6 litre DOHC multi-point fuel injected engine that produces 76kW of peak power at 5800rpm and develops peak torque of 145Nm at 3600rpm#.

The 16-valve 1.6 litre powerplant returns 7.0 litres per 100 kilometres (manual transmission) and 7.6 litres/100 kilometres (automatic).

Ventilated front disc brakes are standard and alloy wheels and four-channel ABS braking system are available in an option pack.

Colour selection

On sale now, Barina offers a choice of eight exterior colours, five of them new to the range:

Arctic White

Chilli Red

Fayence Uni (metallic) - NEW (3 & 5 door hatchback only)

Impression Blue (metallic) - NEW

Urban Grey (metallic) -NEW

Mercury Silver (metallic)

Horizon Blue (metallic)

Carbon Flash Black (metallic) - NEW

Flame Red (metallic) – NEW (sedan only)

Metallic paint is a $300 option.

Holden Barina recommended retail pricing*

3-Door Hatch starting from $14,490

4–Door Sedan starting from $15,990

5-Door Hatch starting from $15,990

Optional ABS and alloy wheels (4) pack $1,190