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By Ketan Patel

Chevrolet Trax 2014 Review

Chevrolet is planning on launching a brand new CUV and after the car maker has revealed a few sketches earlier this year, now Chevrolet has decided to share some photos depicting their upcoming brand new creation. Dubbed the Chevrolet Trax, the new CUV seems to share the same architecture as the Opel Mokka and the upcoming Buick Encore, and same as the latter it will feature two rows of seats for five passengers.

The upcoming Trax will apparently hit the market with one diesel engine and two gas units. The base-model will be equipped with a 1.6 liter gas engine and will be offered with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox only. Unfortunately no performance figures regarding the 1.6 have been revealed so far.

Next in line will be the 1.4 liter turbo gas power plant that will produce 140 horsepower and 147 lb-ft of torque. The 1.4 liter version will be offered with front-wheel drive and a manual gearbox as a standard, but all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission will be available as an optional extra.

Last but not least is the 1.7 liter diesel engine that aims to deliver higher fuel efficiency, alongside 130 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque. Same as the 1.4 liter version, the six-speed automatic gearbox and the all-wheel drive are optional.

The upcoming CUV measures 4,248 in length, has a wheelbase of 2,555 mm and it's 1,776 mm in width. It is said that it will offer 358 liters and that it will come with 60/40 split rear seats, alongside a front passenger seat that can be folded flat.

Equipment will include Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system that includes a seven-inch HD color touch screen display as a standard.

Safety features include Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descend Control, Anti-lock Braking System, Traction Control, Electronic Brake Distribution and Trailer Stability Assist.

No information about the price has been given yet, but the Chevrolet Trax 2014 is expected to make its debut at the Paris auto show held next month so more details will be revealed soon enough. We should also mention that despite the fact that the Trax aims to be a global vehicle, no word regarding a US release has reached our ears yet. Would you be interested in buying one?

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  • Trax boasts true Chevrolet SUV looks
  • Modern, well-organized and flexible interior
  • Choice of three engines: 1.4L turbo, 1.6L gasoline engine, 1.7L diesel
  • On-demand all-wheel drive system for off-road adventures
  • Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system to feature navigation app

It is fair to say that Chevrolet knows a little about SUVs, having invented the class over 75 years ago with the introduction of the Suburban Carryall in 1935. In just a few weeks’ time, the all-new Chevrolet Trax will celebrate its world premiere at the Paris motor show on September 27, representing Chevrolet’s first entry to the fast growing small SUV segment. Trax will round out Chevrolet’s offer of stylish SUVs alongside Captiva.

"For many decades, Chevrolet has been known for its dependable and capable SUVs. Trax will deliver on all of the traditional Chevrolet values and more. It is a modern, highly versatile yet fuel-efficient small SUV, offering car-like handling and all-wheel drive," said Susan Docherty, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Europe. "Trax is the modern expression of one of Chevrolet’s core competencies, which is building and selling great SUVs," Docherty said.

Measuring 4,248 mm in length, and featuring a width of 1,776 mm and a wheelbase of 2,555 mm, Chevrolet’s new small SUV sports powerful body lines that convey agility and movement. With the golden bowtie separating the upper from the lower port of its prominent front grille, Trax can immediately be identified as a member of the Chevrolet family.

Three fuel-efficient engines and on-demand AWD system

Trax has sufficient space to accommodate five persons in a comfortable high seating position. It will deliver car-like handling while also enabling off-road capability when needed.

The engine line-up will include a 1.4L turbocharged gasoline unit, a 1.6L gasoline engine as well as a 1.7L turbo-diesel engine. The 1.4L turbo gasoline engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, cranks out 140 hp (103 kW) and produces a maximum torque of 200 Nm. The AWD system is available on variants that come with the 1.4L turbo gasoline or the 1.7L diesel engine.

The 1.7L diesel engine will deliver a power output of 130 hp (96 kW) and a maximum torque of 300 Nm. All powertrains with manual transmission come with Start/Stop functionality. Both the 1.7L diesel and the 1.4L* turbo gasoline engine will also be offered with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Cabin offers unique storage flexibility and connectivity

Inside, Trax delivers a message of clean sophistication that is complemented by useful convenience features such as a cluster combining digital readouts with analogue displays.

Storage amenities in the new Trax are plentiful. Besides a 358L trunk, they include various bins above and on both sides of the center stack, as well as an available under pass seat tray. Further stowage can be made available under the cargo floor.

In addition to a 60/40 split rear seat, Trax boasts a front passenger seat which can be folded flat, offering additional flexibility in the segment. A total of eight seating combinations can be selected.

Upper trims will be equipped with Chevrolet MyLink as standard. Chevrolet MyLink is an infotainment system that aggregates content from smartphones onto a seven-inch, high resolution, full color touch-screen display. As of this winter, MyLink will feature a navigation app which can be downloaded onto compatible smartphones. It will project the route calculated by the smartphone onto the system’s touch-screen.

Rock-solid safety

An array of standard passive and active safety systems will ensure that occupants are effectively protected in the event of an accident. 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. Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) are standard on LT trim vehicles.

*to be introduced later in 2013

Technical data preliminary (status: August 2012)


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