The Chevrolet Trax is getting a makeover for 2017
The Chevrolet Trax is getting a makeover. A version of this revamped aesthetics utility will be unveiled tomorrow in the preview for the media of the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
General Motors strategists want to deal with the growing influx of small utilities on automotive markets in Canada and the United States. That’s why you make changes to the appearance of the Chevrolet Trax, in addition to its endowment to date.
The Trax 2017, which will debut tomorrow at the Auto Show in Chicago, displays a new front fascia harmonized style recently adopted for several other models of the brand, the Equinox in Malibu, through the Cruze.
Up front, the manufacturer has changed the hood and redesigned bumper, grille, fenders and headlights. These vary also depending on the version. The headlights of the Trax LS (base version) have floodlights regular halogen, while those of Trax LT (midrange view) and Trax Premier (new name for the high-end version that replaces LTZ) consist halogen spotlights coupled with light emitting diodes (LED). Both versions also have fog highlighted by a chrome trim.
At the rear, the light clusters form changes, but subtly. In addition, those in the prime high-end version using LEDs. Moreover, this version is also the only one aluminum alloy 18-inch wheels.
Changes in the cabin are concentrated around the dashboard, which adopts a less tormented style. Note, however, the disappearance of small storage box, which was located above the central air vents, and the smaller of the two chests gloves that this vehicle had far. The circular air vents ends also adopt a harmonized asymmetrical shape to the aesthetics of the whole.
Behind the wheel, new gauges easier to see emerge, while the 7-inch touch screen displays a new multimedia system MyLink interface compatible with operating systems Apple and Android carplay Auto, and telephony standard 4G LTE cell which allows for an embedded Wi-Fi access.
For the first time, the utility Trax will be equipped with various driver assistance devices for detecting obstacles in blind spots, vehicles traveling transversely to the back, excessive deviation from the path of the vehicle and potential risk of frontal collision. The statement issued by GM today to announce the launch of the 2017 Trax does not state which versions will have these devices.
mechanical side, finally, is the status quo. GM renewed without change the 4-cylinder Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged used so far for this vehicle, as well as for Encore. The Trax 2017 will have a new engine producing 138 hp 148 lb-ft of torque from 1 850 to 4 900 r / min.
Canadian dealers will offer the Chevrolet Trax 2017 from the fall. It will be assembled at GM plants in San Luis Potosi in Mexico and Bupyeong, South Korea.
An important model in a growing niche
Casually, in no time the small Trax utility has become an important product in the Chevrolet range.
Launched at the Montreal Auto Show in January 2013, the twin of the Buick Encore will be first sold in Canada, our US nationals doubting neighbors of its commercial potential.
Yet at the end of his first year in our market, 7013 copies of the Trax are sold, giving this model the second of a nascent niche; a niche market then dominated by the Mitsubishi RVR (only 640 more copies were sold).
In 2014, the Trax dethrones the RVR with 8533 sales. Mitsubishi is found even third behind the Subaru XV Crosstrek. Then, last year, the Trax slip to third place behind the Honda HR-V respectively and Crosstrek. The proliferation of models in this segment is at work. The appearance of the HR-V, but the Mazda CX-3, the Jeep Renegade and the Fiat 500X, helped increase sales of small utility from 56.4% in 2015, an increase that should continue analysts say .
We observe the same phenomenon in the US, where sales of this segment were up 96.1% in 2015 alone, the Chevrolet Trax has generated more than 63,000 sales in its first year on the US market. The manufacturer states that women bought nearly 60% of these vehicles, which makes the Chevrolet Trax the most popular product of the fairer sex in the United States.