2012 Paris Motor Show Preview: 2013 Chevrolet Trax (Small SUV)
Designed to compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke, the Trax will go on sale in more than 140 countries worldwide but not in the U.S. as Chevy feels that it is covered with the larger Equinox (and GM with the Encore…).
The Chevrolet model measures 4,248 mm (167.2 in.) in length, and features a width of 1,776 mm (69.9 in.) and a wheelbase of 2,555 mm (100.6 in.).
While based on the Buick Encore and Opel/Vauxhall Mokka, the Trax sports uniquely styled front and rear ends, pronounced front and rear wheel arches as well as a boxier rear window line.
The European market model will be offered with a choice of three engines including an unspecified 1.6-liter naturally aspirated petrol, a 138hp (140PS) 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline unit linked to a 6-speed manual, and a 1.7-liter turbocharged diesel delivering 129hp (130PS) and 300Nm (221 lb-ft).
Both the 1.7-liter diesel and the 1.4-liter turbo gasoline engine will also be offered with a six-speed automatic transmission and the option of all-wheel drive.
Chevrolet said that all powertrains with manual transmission will come fitted with Start/Stop functionality as standard.
The new Trax will make its global premiere at next month’s Paris Motor Show before it begins arriving in markets around the world towards the end of the year and early 2013.
The North American 2013 Buick Encore and its European twin, the Opel Mokka, will soon welcome a new member in their family as Chevrolet has unveiled the third variant of GM’s small crossover in advance of its world premiere at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September.
Chevrolet’s version is named Trax, evidently after the company’s unrelated 2007 concept. GM says the new Chevrolet Trax will be offered in more than 140 countries around the world with Mexico to be the first market to launch the crossover in the fourth quarter of this year. The small SUV will arrive at European Chevrolet dealerships in spring of 2013.
Officially, the Detroit carmaker says it has no plans to offer the Trax in the U.S.A “because of the strong position of the [Chevrolet] Equinox”, but we reckon the company’s decision has more to do with the fact that it has the small crossover segment already covered with the almost identical Buick Encore.
From the single picture released by GM, it appears that the styling differences between the Buick Encore and the Trax are limited to the latter’s Chevy grille, redesigned headlamps and the more pronounced front and rear wheel arches.