Chevrolet unveiled the 2015 Trax Tuesday at the New York International Auto Show. General Motors Senior Vice President Alan Batey says in a press release that the small SUV segment "is expected to grow more than 80 percent by 2016." The Trax slots below the Equinox in Chevrolet's SUV lineup.
The Chevrolet Trax is part of the growing class of subcompact crossover SUVs, which includes vehicles like the Mini Cooper Countryman, Nissan Juke and upcoming Jeep Renegade, as well as the Buick Encore, which is mechanically similar to the Trax.
The Trax has a standard backup camera and will be available with a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, 4G LTE connectivity, a 7-inch color touch-screen display and Siri Eyes Free iPhone connectivity, which allows for phone control using voice commands. It will offer 10 air bags, and Chevrolet says the Trax has the only seat-mounted thorax air bags in the class.
Power will come from a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 138 horsepower, and a six-speed automatic transmission will put the power to the wheels. Autoblog is pleased that the Trax will get the 1.4-liter turbo four, noting that the Chevy Sonic and Cruze perform well when equipped with this engine. The Trax will come standard with front-wheel drive and be available with all-wheel drive.
Chevrolet says the Trax will hit dealers in early 2015. Pricing has yet to be announced, but Car and Driver predicts that it will start at less than $20,000.
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