The new Chevrolet Trax:
a global model except for the USA.
August 2012, Gaby
Sakr: You may remember the recent world
première of the new Opel Mokka small
SUV, at the 82nd Geneva motor show last March.
prepare now for the world première of one of its
brothers, the 2013 Chevrolet Trax, next month at the 2012
Paris motor show (Mondial
de l'Automobile, public days from 29 September to
the new Chevrolet Trax
will be made in Mexico where it
will be sold, as in Canada, from late 2012. It will
reache the European roads, and many other markets around the
world (140 markets says GM),
from spring 2013.
Although Chevrolet is an American
brand which belongs to the American GM (General
Motors) group, the Trax will not be offered in the
least not in the foreseeable future, as the
sales of the mid-size Chevrolet Equinox SUV may be
affected there by the smaller, compact Trax.
new Trax gets a boot volume of 358-litre (12.64
rather than let the Trax get too close to the Equinox on the
lower price bands, another structural
brother of the Trax / Mokka will be available for the U.S.
market, but at a higher price / equipment level... as the Buick Encore.
to the Trax now, the new small crossover SUV will
measure 4,248 mm
(167.2 inches) in length, 1,776 mm (69.9 inches)
in width, with a
wheelbase of 2,555 mm (100.59 inches).
Representing Chevrolet’s first
entry to the small SUV segment, the 5-passenger crossover SUV
(lower medium / C segment size category in the
European classification) will be available with three engines:
two petrol (gasoline) choices with 1.4-litre (turbocharged)
or 1.6-litre (atmospheric) displacements and a 1.7-litre
turbo comes with a six-speed manual transmission, and delivers 140 hp (103
kW, 138 bhp) with a maximum
torque of 200 Nm (147.6 lb-ft).
Mokka, the Chevrolet Trax will be available in
either front- or all-wheel-drive (AWD) configurations.
The AWD system is available on the Trax variants that come with the 1.4L turbo petrol or the
1.7L diesel engine.
1.7L diesel engine will deliver 130
hp (96 kW, 129 bhp) and a maximum torque of 300 Nm
says that all powertrains with manual transmission come with
Start/Stop functionality, and both the 1.7L diesel and
1.4L turbo petrol engine will also be available at
later date next year with a
six-speed automatic transmission.
adds that the new Trax provides a
358-litre boot (trunk) volume (12.64 cubic-foot), with
several bins above and on
both sides of the centre stack, as well as a tray
under the passenger seat and further possible stowage
available under the cargo floor.
other practical terms, the 60/40 split rear seat comes
in addition to a
front passenger seat which can be folded flat (to be
checked later according to versions and standard /
optional equipment lists).
versions will be equipped with a standard Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system
that pulls content from smartphones onto a
seven-inch colour touch-screen
display. MyLink will also feature, from this winter, a
navigation app which can be downloaded onto compatible
smartphones to project the route calculated by
the smartphone, onto the system’s touch-screen.
Chevrolet indicates that the new Trax will be equipped
with six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
including Hill Start Assist (HSA), Traction Control (TC),
an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic
Brake Distribution (EBD). The LT versions will get standard Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) and
Hill Descent Control (HDC).
details are expected to be announced at the 2012
Paris motor show, while price details will
probably be announced nearer to the launch dates this spring.