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The Premier of the Chevrolet Trax Small SUV – [with video]

The Premier of the Chevrolet Trax Small SUV - [with video]

Taking charge at the small SUV market, Chevrolet used the 2012 Paris Motor Show to premier the new Chevrolet Trax. As part of the premier a Chevrolet Trax with the Manchester United insignia was also showcased. The Chevrolet Trax will slot in below the Chevrolet Captiva and is to be introduced in late 2013.

According to 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,”

Measuring in at 4,248 mm in length, 1,776 mm in width and 1,674 mm in height, the Chevrolet Trax will accommodate five people comfortably. Chevrolet hopes to energise the small SUV segment with the Chevrolet Trax which it pegs as being stylish, sporty, fuel efficient and responsive.

The front grille is embellished by the recognisable golden bowtie, that we have come to associate with Chevrolet. The golden bowtie separates the upper from the lower port of its prominent front grille. The other prominent features at the front are the detailed halogen headlamps and the crease lines on the hood.

The side incorporates a rearward swept roofline and an integrated roof spoiler which are said to contribute to the aerodynamic efficiency of the Chevrolet Trax. Contributing to the sporty stance of the Chevrolet Trax are the wheels which will be available as 16 or 18-inches in size.

 Three engine options will be available for the Chevrolet Trax, a 1.4L 103kW and 200Nm turbocharged petrol engine, a 1.6 L 85kW and 155Nm petrol engine and a 1.7L 96kW and 300Nm diesel engine. All engines come standard with a manual transmission with start/stop functionality with an optional six-speed automatic available on the 1.4L turbo engine and the 1.7L diesel engine.

Whereas the 1.7L diesel engine will require 4.5L/100 km when mated to a manual transmission, fuel consumption of the 1.6L petrol engine will average 6.5L/100km and the 1.4L turbo with the manual transmission will average 6.4L/100km. CO2 emissions are 120, 153 and 149 g/km, respectively.

An AWD system will be available on variants equipped with the 1.4L turbo gasoline or the 1.7L diesel engine.

The design of the Chevrolet Trax interior is simple and clean incorporating useful convenience features such as a cluster combining digital readouts with analog displays. Storage amenities in the new Trax are alsdo said to be plentiful, featuring storage on the dash and below the seats.

In addition to a 60/40 split rear seat, Trax boasts a front passenger seat that can be folded flat, offering additional flexibility in the segment. Up to eight seating combinations are possible.

Not to shy out from the fancy infotainment systems which have become such a selling point for cars, upper spec Chevrolet Trax models will come equipped with Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system which will aggregate information from smartphones onto a 7-inch, highe resolution, full colour touchscreen display.

From a safety perspective the Chevrolet Trax will come with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including Hill Start Assist (HSA), Traction Control (TC), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution. Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) are standard on LT trim vehicles.

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