US Finally Gets The Chevy Trax

Chevrolet announced at the New York International Auto Show it is finally adding the Trax to its U.S. lineup.

The automaker said the 2015 Trax small SUV will offer versatility, connectivity and turbocharged performance in an efficient package. As a reference point, the Chevy Trax shares components and is of roughly the same size as the Buick Encore.

The Chevrolet Trax was launched in late 2012 in Mexico and Canada as a 2013 model; since then, about 90,000 have been sold in more than 60 global markets. In addition to the United States, the 2015 Trax will also go on sale in China, adding the small SUV to Chevy’s two largest markets.

2015_Chevrolet_Trax_Rear-668Described by Chevrolet as sporty and modern, the Trax blends small-car agility with the utility of an SUV, including up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) of cargo space. It’s Chevrolet’s seventh small-vehicle launch in less than four years. During that time, the brand’s share of the small-, compact- and mini-car segments has more than tripled – up 221 percent.

“Trax offers customers another option in the Chevrolet family and will be a strong competitor in the emerging small-SUV market, which is expected to grow more than 80 percent by 2016,” said Alan Batey, General Motors senior vice president, Global Chevrolet. “Trax also leverages our global resources and builds on Chevrolet’s strong SUV heritage.”

The 2015 Trax will arrive in U.S. dealer showrooms early next year but pricing and EPA ratings will be announced closer to the start of production.

In Canada, the 2014 Trax fuel consumption is rated at 5.7 liter per 100 kilometers (41.26 U.S. MPG) on the highway and 7.8 liter per 100 kilometers (30.15 U.S. MPG) in the city. Prices in Canada start at $18,695 for the Trax LS FWD, the base model.

2015_Chevrolet_Trax_Int-668Powered by an Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine, the Trax will be offered in LS, LT and LTZ trims. Chevrolet said it expects the engine to be rated at an SAE-certified 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque between 1,850 and 4,900 rpm.

The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold, for reduced weight and greater packaging flexibility. A solid cast crankshaft and forged connecting rods deliver additional durability to support the engine’s pressurized power and torque.

A Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission with TAPShift control sends the power to the front wheels, or to an AWD system.

Chevy said it considers the Kia Soul, Nissan Juke and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport as key competitors to the Trax.