Euro NCAP awards five-star rating to Chevrolet Trax

Article by Anita Panait, on May 30, 2013

The Chevrolet Trax small sports utility vehicle has earned a five-star rating from European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP). The Trax is the seventh Chevrolet model to secure Euro NCAP's five-star rating, along with the Aveo, Volt, Cruze, Orlando, Malibu and Captiva. The Chevrolet Trax particularly scored an excellent 94 percent in the Adult Occupant category of the Euro NCAP safety tests.

The Trax also scored maximum points in the side barrier test, as it was able to provide passengers with good protection on all body regions. The Trax also gained good scores for frontal impact.

The small SUV was also able to give ample protection against whiplash injury thanks to adjustable seat and head restraints in case of a rear impact. The vehicle likewise gained favorable results in the side impact test and child restraint installation in the Child Occupant category.

In the Pedestrian Safety category, Euro NCAP said that the Trax’s bumper provides good protection for pedestrians in all areas, giving the vehicle maximum points. In the Safety Assist category, the small SUV’s standard safety equipment like its Electronic Stability Control and speed limitation assistance all passed Euro NCAP’s test requirements.

Susan Docherty, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe, remarked that the bold and rugged exterior design of the Trax suggests a high level of safety at first glimpse. She noted that one the main reasons why consumer buy SUVs is safety. She said Chevrolet is proud of the Trax’s five-star NCAP test result, which confirming what customers expect from the new small SUV.

Chevrolet disclosed that three engines will be offered for the Trax, two are gas-powered, with one being the 1.6-liter unit, and the remaining one diesel-powered. The first is the turbocharged 1.4-liter gas engine which is paired to the manual six-speed transmission resulting in maximum power of 103 kW (140 hp) with peak torque measured at 200 Nm.

Meanwhile the 1.7-liter diesel engine is capable of 96 kW (130 hp) with top torque of 300 Nm. The brand said that all versions fitted with automatic transmission will have the Start/Stop function included. Customers though have the option to pair the 1.4-liter engine and the 1.7-diesel unit to an automatic six-speed gearbox. Using manual transmission, the variant with the 1.7-liter diesel unit will have fuel efficiency at 4.5 liters/100 km with CO2 emissions at 120 g/km. For the 1.4-liter engine, fuel consumption is estimated to average around 6.5 liters.

CO2 emissions meanwhile measure 149 g/km. Further, for the 1.7-liter engine and the turbo 1.4-liter version, Chevrolet will be offering the AWD system. Using this system, the Trax would be able to make the needed adjustments in order to match the current condition of the road and thus improve the traction significantly, important when driving on graveled roads, or even slippier ones.

Space is not an issue as the interior can hold a total of 5 people sitting comfortably in high seating. The Trax will also offer car-like handling and at the same time ensure that true off-road capability is there when needed.

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