Chevrolet Trax

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Chevrolet Trax
Chevrolet Trax LS+ 1.4 4WD – Frontansicht, 11. August 2013, Wuppertal.jpg
2013 Chevrolet Trax in Wuppertal, Germany
Overview
Manufacturer General Motors
Also called Holden Trax (Oceania)
Chevrolet Tracker (Ru/Br)[1]
Production April 2013 - present
Model years 2014 - present
Assembly Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, South Korea (GM Korea)
San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, México GM Mexico
Shanghai. China (Shanghai GM, from 2014)
Body and chassis
Class Mini SUV/subcompact crossover
Body style 5-door SUV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive / four-wheel drive
Platform Gamma II platform
Related Opel Mokka/Buick Encore
Chevrolet Aveo/Sonic/Holden Barina
Powertrain
Engine 1.6L I4
1.8L I4
1.7L Turbodiesel I4
1.4L Turbo I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,555 mm (100.6 in)
Length 4,248 mm (167.2 in)
Width 1,766 mm (69.5 in)
Height 1,674 mm (65.9 in)
Chronology
Predecessor Chevrolet Tracker (Europe and US)
Chevrolet HHR (Canada and Mexico)
Pontiac Vibe (Canada)

Chevrolet Trax is a subcompact crossover SUV manufactured under the Chevrolet brand since 2013. The car is based on the GM Gamma II platform, which is shared with the Chevrolet Aveo/Sonic. It is also marketed as the Holden Trax in Australia, and as the Chevrolet Tracker in Russia and South America.

Chevrolet Trax (2013-present) in Canada, Mexico, Germany, North Korea, South Korea, Australia and Europe[edit]

Front view at IAA (Frankfurt Motor Show) 2013

The concept was first unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show,[2][3] with the final model unveil having happened at the 2013 North American International Auto Show.[4] It was then available for test driving at the 2013 Montreal Auto Show, with four essay models shown. During 2013 and early 2014, it was only sold in Canada, Mexico, Germany, North Korea, South Korea and Europe.


In Canada, the Trax was the first compact Chevrolet crossover SUV since the discontinuation of the Tracker (read below).[5] The vehicle started shipping on April 2, however pre-sales began as early as the fourth quarter of 2012 for both Mexico (1.8L) and Canada (1.4L Turbo).[6] Korean sales started at late February 2013.

Chevrolet Trax (2014-present) in United States of America, China and Philippines[edit]

In late 2014, the Trax was marketed to more countries, adding United States of America, China and Philippines.

The new Chevrolet Trax will be on sale in the United States in 2015. Its competition includes the Jeep Renegade (BU) and Buick Encore. The Chevrolet Trax will be also come to China as a 2015 model as the same version available in the United States of America. The Trax will be come to the Philippines in early 2015.

On April 15, 2014, Chevrolet announced that the Trax will come to the United States as a 2015 model, buoyed by the success of the Buick Encore (the Trax and Encore share the GM Gamma II platform) and possible competition from the Jeep Renegade.[7] The US-market Trax is largely unchanged from the global version, but will have some US-specific features including OnStar with AT&T 4G LTE and SiriusXM satellite radio.

Name variations[edit]

Holden Trax (2013-)[edit]

In Australia and the overall Oceania market, the Chevrolet Trax is offered under the Holden brand, as Holden is the Australian GM subsidiary.[8] It went on sale in 2013.[9]

Chevrolet Tracker[edit]

In Russia and South America[10][11] it is being named Chevrolet Tracker, the name used in North and Latin America from 1989-1991 & 1999-2008 for a Chevrolet version of the Suzuki Vitara.[1] In Russian, the name "Trax" would be too closely related to the word trakh (Rus. трах), which is a colloquialism for copulation.

Engines[edit]

The Trax is offered in different markets with different choices of drivetrains. In Latin America and Australia, the Trax is only available with the 1.8 liter gasoline engine. In Canada and the US, only the 1.4 liter turbocharged gasoline engine is offered. In Mexico, is available both in 1.8 liter and 1.4 liter turbocharged engines. European customers can choose between the 1.4 liter turbo gasoline engine, a 1.6 liter gasoline engine, and a 1.7 liter diesel engine.


Gasoline
Type Power Torque Emissions CO
2
Years
1,364 cc (83.2 cu in) I4 turbo (A14NET) 140 PS (103 kW; 138 bhp) @ 6000 rpm 200 N·m (148 lb·ft) @ 1850-4900 rpm 139 g/km 2013-
1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 (A16XER) 115 PS (85 kW; 113 bhp) @ 6000 rpm 155 N·m (114 lb·ft) @ 4000 rpm 153 g/km 2013-
1,796 cc (109.6 cu in) I4 (A18XER) 140 PS (103 kW; 138 bhp) @ 6300 rpm 175 N·m (129 lb·ft) @ 3800 rpm n/a 2013-
Diesel
Type Power Torque Emissions CO
2
Years
1,686 cc (102.9 cu in) I4 turbo (CDTI) 130 PS (96 kW; 128 bhp)@ 4000 rpm 300 N·m (221 lb·ft) @ 2000-2500 rpm 120 g/km 2013-

Production[edit]

The Trax is being produced by both GM Korea and General Motors Mexico for most global markets. Shanghai GM will also be producing the model for the Chinese market from the 2015 model year onward.

Marketing[edit]

The Trax slots below the mid-size Chevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet Captiva (depending on country) in the current Chevrolet line-up. In Europe, some dealers started branding it as a "compact SUV". However, in Canada, where the Chevrolet Orlando slots as "mid-size CUV" and the Equinox is the "compact CUV", the Trax is branded as "mini SUV/CUV" instead.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Chevy Trax To Wear Tracker Name In Russia, CIS". GMAuthority.com. 23 Aug 2012. 
  2. ^ "GM to unveil new Chevrolet small SUV in Paris". Autoweek. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  3. ^ Ewing, Steven J. (2012-05-14). "Chevrolet Trax crossover headed to Paris, not bound for U.S.". Autoblog.com. 
  4. ^ Ross, Jeffrey N. (2013-01-10). "Chevy filling its NAIAS stand with five models not sold in US". Retrieved 2013-09-10. 
  5. ^ 2013 Chevrolet Trax -- GM Canada
  6. ^ Chevrolet Trax to join global lineup, will debut in Paris -- Car & Driver (Retrieved 2012-05-15)
  7. ^ Colias, Mike (April 15, 2014). "Chevy enters small crossover segment with the Trax". Automotive News. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ GM to make Trax for Holden
  9. ^ "Holden's baby SUV set to make Trax". Drive. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "CHEVROLET TRACKER - TODOTERRENO" (in Spanish). Bogotá, Colombia: GM Colmotores, SA. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  11. ^ "TRAX será Chevrolet TRACKER en Argentina" (in Spanish). GM Media Argentina. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2013.