The 2013 Chevrolet Trax

Chevrolet is out to conquer a new vehicle segment—compact SUVs—with the launch of the Chevy Trax. As part of the American car maker's global range, it can be seen at the Paris Motor Show.

Just 4.25 metres long, 1.77 metres wide and with a 2.55-metre wheelbase, the Trax offers 358 litres of cargo space. The car maker is betting on the vehicle's practicality to make a splash. Its rear seats fold down, as does the front passenger seat, to provide a total 1,370 litres of cargo room. With Trax touting its great practicality and flexibility, it also offers additional under-floor storage. Chevrolet Canada Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Marc Comeau, says: “Trax will be a popular choice with Canadians looking for the styling, functionality and cargo space expected of a much larger vehicle, but in a smaller sporty package.” Three power plants are available, but only one will be offered here in Canada: a 1.4-litre turbo model delivering 138 horsepower and 148 lb•ft of torque, with a 6-speed manual gearbox on standard models or a 6-speed automatic on higher-end models. Buyers in Europe will enjoy the additional choice of a 130-hp 1.6-litre version or 1.7-litre turbo version. Other options include AWD, and a Start/Stop system for models with manual boxes. The 2013 Chevrolet Trax will provide MyLink as standard on high-end models with a 7-inch touch screen. As for availability and pricing in Canada, nothing has yet been announced. We will certainly know more after the Paris Motor Show.

By Brian Oudart -


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