GM to build the Chevrolet Trax in Mexico

Article by Christian A., on July 20, 2012

General Motors Co. will invest $120 million to manufacture the Chevrolet Trax crossover and a new generation of big pickups at plants in Mexico, according to GM Mexico president Ernesto Hernandez. GM is planning to build the small SUV crossover in the central state of San Luis Potosi.

Hernandez said that the Trax will be seen this September at the Paris Motor Show before it arrives in the fourth quarter at the Mexican market.

About $200 million more will be invested in GM's Silao plant in Guanajuato state where it will start to work on a new generation of full-sized pickups in 2013. Hernandez said that 1,000 new jobs will be created from the investment that amounts to $420 million. Last May, GM said that the Trax will be available in 140 countries but not in the U.S.

However, it will share the platform that was used on the Aveo and Sonic subcompact sedan. The Sonic is offered in the markets in the U.S. and Canada. Meanwhile, the Aveo is available in the other parts of the world. GM didn’t reveal further details about the Trax’s price, length, weight, and fuel economy.

With enough space to house five people in a comfortable high level seating position, Chevrolet Trax will introduce car-like handling and enable a superior off-road capacity when needed.

The engine roster will be composed of a 1.4L turbocharged gasoline unit, a 1.6L gasoline engine and also a 1.7L diesel engine. Attached to a six-speed manual MT, the 1.4L puts out 140 hp (103 kW) and generates a max torque of 200 Nm and the 1.7L diesel engine will give an output of power at 130 hp (96 kW), and a max torque of 300 Nm. All MT models function with a Start/Stop option. The 1.4L turbo gasoline engine and the 1.7L diesel engine will also be available with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

On the other hand, the 1.7L diesel engine will need 4.5L/100 km when matched to an MT, and the 1.4L turbo with the manual transmission’s fuel consumption will be around 6.5 liters. CO2 emissions are at 120 g/km and 149 g/km for each.

An AWD system will be offered on models that have a 1.4L turbo gasoline or the 1.7L diesel engine. The system automatically adjusts to the usual road conditions and definitely improves traction on graveled or slippery roads.

Rock-solid safety

A string of active and passive safety systems make sure that unforeseen circumstances produce minimal damage to the vehicle’s passengers. Besides the unibody structure composed of super strong steels, Trax is proud of its standard airbags, three-point seatbelts on all seats and a releasable pedal assembly.

The vehicle will come with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including Hill Start Assist (HSA), Traction Control (TC), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution. Hill Descent Control (HDC) is standard on LT trim vehicles.

The car will be available with Traction Control (TC), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including Hill Start Assist (HSA), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution. LT trim vehicles has a standard Hill Descent Control (HDC).

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