From what I gather, there seems to be a trend happening with a lot of car buyers as of late—they are looking for flexible and smaller vehicles. Of course, this isn’t true for everybody (not true for me), but if the Chevy Trax is any indication it is safe to say the demand for a compact sport utility vehicle is high.
According to media.chevrolet.com, Chevrolet has already sold 90,000 Trax automobiles in 60 countries since its launch in the fall of 2012. The Trax has not been released in the United States yet, but stay patient young grasshoppers—it is set to release in the good ole’ U.S. of A. in 2015.
So, what is it about the Trax that is so captivating? The thing that immediately jumped out at me was the cargo space. Sure, it is part of Chevy’s “small car” portfolio, but the fact of the matter is it is still an SUV and SUV drivers expect plenty of space. More than 48 cubic feet of cargo volume is available in this ride.
Something else that may intrigue you: the interior allows you to more or less create your own jigsaw puzzle. Okay, not really, but it offers enough room for eight different seating configurations with the “fold-flat” front passenger seat and “60/40 split folding” rear seats. Don’t forget about the hidden storage area under the front passenger seat and another storage area under the cargo floor. You can literally fit your entire wardrobe in this thing.
A 1.4 liter ECOTEC engine that is turbocharged gives this little SUV a lot of power. Add in the electronically controlled “All-Wheel-Drive (AWD)” system for easier maneuvering and extra traction in those slippery conditions and it becomes easy to tell that the handling of the Trax is smooth.
The vehicle’s engine is expected to be rated at up to 138 horsepower with 148 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic.
As usual with Chevys, the technology is something to admire. The Trax is expected to be the only vehicle in its class with 4G LTE connectivity through OnStar. Chevy MyLink provides you with a seven-inch color touch screen, great and affordable in-dash navigation through BringGo (this app needs to be purchased separately and data charges may apply to your smartphone), Pandora Radio, Bluetooth, hands-free connectivity, USB and more.
If it’s safety you are looking for, the Trax comes with 10 standard airbags (more than any of its competitors). In addition, it offers the only rear-seated mounted thorax air bag in its segment. A rearview camera makes sure you back out safely and park assist is available.
I’ll admit at first I was slightly skeptical—if I’m going to get an SUV it is going to be a bigger one, but after learning about what the Trax has to offer it’s hard not to fall in love with this vehicle. Everything you need on a smaller scale. Sometimes, less is more.
I have almost sold myself on this car. I guess if my writing/public relations career doesn’t work out I can always be a cars salesmen. OK, maybe not, but be on the lookout for the Chevy Trax in 2015!