Making its debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show is the Chevrolet Trax, which is the automaker’s version of the Vauxhall/Opel Mokka. It is set to go on sale in Europe in early 2013. The Trax, a high-riding vehicle that could seat five people, measures 4248mm long and 1776mm wide. It has a 2555mm wheelbase, which makes the Trax 32mm shorter and 131mm higher than the corresponding Vauxhall.
Similar to the Vauxhall Mokka, the Chevrolet model has an engine range that includes a 138bhp, 148lb ft 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, a 117bhp naturally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.7-litre diesel unit, which has an output of 128bhp and 221lb ft of torque. Only the 1.4 and 1.7-litre-powered cars could be equipped with all-wheel drive and a six–speed automatic gearbox.
A stop-start system will be used on all manual transmission versions. What’s available as standard on the top-of-the-line Chevrolet Trax models includes Chevrolet’s MyLink multimedia system, which comes with a seven-inch touchscreen. The new SUV’s safety features include electronic stability control with hill start assist (HSA). LT-spec vehicles have trailer stability assist (TSA) and hill descent control (HDC) as standard.
According to Susan Docherty, Chevrolet Europe president and managing director, Trax will ensure that the traditional Chevrolet values are evident in the model. It is a small SUV that’s modern and highly versatile but also very frugal, providing all-wheel drive and handling comparable to a car.
Chevrolet hasn’t released the pricing information but the Trax is believed to have the same price as the Skoda Yeti, which has a starting price of £14,945 for the 1.2 TSI E 2WD (the entry-level model).
Chevrolet is out and about with a brand new small SUV bound to energize the whole segment. The Chevrolet Trax is only 4,248 mm long, 1,776 mm wide and comes with a height of 1,674 mm, but its “inspired styling” as well as three choices of fuel-efficient engines and sporty yet responsive ride features make it seem bigger than it is.
The whole exterior design of the Chevrolet Trax screams of athleticism and agility. It is stamped with the iconic golden Chevrolet bowtie that cuts between the upper and lower portion of its prominent front grille. To add to its dynamic appearance, the Chevrolet Trax features a subtle centerline crease on its hood surface while detailed halogen headlamps accentuate the sides.
On the outside, body lines highlight the commanding aura of the Trax, but engineers and designers from Chevrolet made sure to focus on aerodynamic refinements – which includes its rearward swept roofline, a fascia-mounted air dam and an integrated roof spoiler functioning for aerodynamic efficiency. Side note, the Trax comes with 16 to 18-inch wheels.
Although born energetic in nature, its interior is quite sophisticated and “well-behaved” with complementary features such as cluster combining digital readouts with analog displays. Moreover, its control interfaces and instrument cluster come with an ice blue backlighting.
The Trax is also designed with a spacious storage with various compartments such as an under-seat storage tray and other spaces above and on both sides of the center stack. It has a maximum loading space of 1,370 liters, made possible by the space beneath the cargo floor.