2012 Paris: Chevrolet Trax Subcompact Crossover Debuts with Global Aspirations
Although the Chevrolet Trax subcompact crossover debuts at the 2012 Paris Motor Show this week, the automaker has no plans to sell the mini-crossover in the U.S. but it will be sold in 140 countries around the world. The Chevrolet Trax is 1.3 inches shorter than the mechanically related 2013 Buick Encore but identical in width and wheelbase.
The Trax will offer three engines including the familiar turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four used in the Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Sonic, and Buick Encore. A naturally aspirated 1.6-liter gasoline four-cylinder appears to be the base engine while an optional 128-hp 1.7-liter turbodiesel that produces 221 lb-ft of torque is optional. Manual transmissions will come with stop-start technology. All-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission will be available with the turbo 1.4-liter and 1.7-liter turbodiesel engines. Hill start assist is standard.
The five-seat Chevrolet Trax has a front passenger seat that folds flat. Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system, which can display content from smartphones on the vehicle’s 7-inch touch-screen color display, will be standard on higher trim levels. Hill start assist is standard equipment while Hill Descent Control will be included with the LT trim.
After the Trax launches in Mexico by the end of this year, the Chevrolet will make its way to showrooms in about 140 countries. Europeans have seen a version of the Trax before in the form of the Opel Mokka. Chevrolet doesn’t see a market for the Trax in the U.S., but what do you think: Should a U.S.-spec Chevrolet Trax be offered along with the Buick Encore?
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By Jason Udy