Chevrolet has officially announced that the Chevrolet Trax – this is a vehicle of keen interest to Indian customers, as it could spice up the compact SUV market in the country.
So far, Chevrolet has not announced any plans to bring this to the Indian market, but seeing the kind of interest that the Renault Duster compact SUV has generated and queries being received about the upcoming Ford EcoSport, Chevrolet can do well to consider this for India. Also read: Chevrolet Trax official photo
The Chevrolet Trax is a compact SUV based on a sedan platform. It has a muscular look to it and does display plenty of road presence. It looks like a smaller Captiva from some angles. The Chevrolet Trax is slightly narrower and shorter than the Duster in length. It is 4.25 meters in length and 1.77 meters wide. Just like the Duster and upcoming Ford EcoSport, the Chevrolet Trax will be positioned toward urban buyers and hence won’t have a four-wheel drive variant. It will be front wheel drive like the other two competitors. However, Chevrolet also plans to introduce an all-wheel drive variant at a later date.
The engine choices on the Trax that are likely to be showcased in Paris include a 1.6 litre petrol engine and a 1.7 litre diesel engine that produces 130 bhp of power. There’s also talk of a 1.4 litre turbo-petrol being introduced that could produce up to 140 bhp of power. The Trax will most likely feature a five-speed manual transmission, but at a later date is also likely to offer a six-speed automatic transmission.
Once the Chevrolet Trax debuts in Paris, it will then be launched in a phased manner across other markets including South America. Only then will it be considered for emerging markets such as India – depending on the response other compact SUVs receive here.