Customers looking for a well-equipped, entry-level SUV find the Chevrolet Trax a perfect fit. In fact, this small SUV appeals to a large number of buyers who are new to Chevrolet, accounting for 47 percent of its sales.
With a recently announced 5-star Overall Vehicle Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Trax is one of the safest vehicles in its class. Features such as a protective safety cage made of ultra high-strength steel surrounding the passenger compartment, 10 standard air bags, a rearview camera and available rear park assist also appeal to women, who make up 58 percent of sales, and people under 35, who represent 19 percent of sales.
Fusing small-car agility and utility convenience of an SUV, Trax offers up to 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) of cargo space. A sporty and sleek appearance combines with an Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine under the hood, providing the efficiency of a small displacement engine with the power of a larger engine on-demand.
For 2016, Trax builds on its recent launch with four new exterior colors: Crimson Metallic, Sable Metallic, Cyber Gray Metallic and Champagne Silver Metallic. It comes in LS, LT and LTZ trims.
Connectivity features are becoming more important to customers, so the Trax accommodates increasingly connected lifestyles with available OnStar 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. The hotspot provides a mobile hub that is on whenever the vehicle is on. Additional connectivity comes from MyLink technology, which features the segment's only seven-inch color touch screen. Plus, Trax is the first in its class to offer Siri Eyes Free.
Other vehicle highlights found on the 2016 Trax include:
Available all-wheel drive
Fuel-saving electric power steering
Available next-generation OnStar and MyLink
Ten standard air bags, including side-curtain and knee air bags - and the segment's only rear seat-mounted thorax air bags
Clever and convenient storage areas, including upper and lower glove boxes - with a USB port and auxiliary jack in the upper glove box for plug-in media
60/40-split fold-flat rear seat and fold-down front passenger seatback for storing and transporting items up to eight feet long
Standard remote keyless entry and available remote start.
Interior and exterior highlights
With its signature dual-port grille, prominent bowtie emblem and swept headlamps, the Trax is immediately identifiable as a contemporary Chevrolet. Its grille design - with chrome accents - emulates other Chevrolets and provides a more cohesive appearance across the brand's lineup of crossovers and small cars.
Available cues such as front fog lamps and simulated front and rear skid plates lend a sportier presence, while vertical taillamps flank the tailgate, accenting taught body lines and pronounced wheel arches that give the Trax a confident stance.
In addition to the four new hues, exterior colors available on the Trax include Brilliant Blue Metallic, Orange Rock Metallic, White Pearl Tricoat, Black Granite Metallic, Summit White, Silver Ice Metallic, Deep Espresso Metallic and Blaze Red.
Inside the Trax, distinctive styling carries over to a dual-cockpit instrument panel. In the center, it houses a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color display for the standard MyLink voice-activated infotainment system. There are also displays for available SiriusXM satellite radio and a standard rearview camera, as well as the available GPS-enabled app navigation system that customers can download.
A bold instrument cluster features a large, performance-style analog tachometer combined with a prominent digital display for the speedometer and other readouts. A small-diameter, thick-rimmed steering wheel enhances the sporty ambience. The wheel is leather-wrapped on LTZ and some LT models.
LS models feature standard cloth seating, with deluxe cloth standard on LT, along with an available cloth/leatherette seating trim. LTZ models feature standard full leatherette trim. Interior colors are Jet Black, Jet Black/Light Titanium and Jet Black/Brownstone.
For versatility, the 60/40 flat-folding rear seat features a fold-down armrest with cup holders, storage in all four doors, four bins in the dash, pockets in the seatbacks and bins under the rear load floor and a hidden storage drawer under the front passenger seat. It also offers 18.7 cubic feet (530 liters) of storage behind the split-folding rear seat and 48.4 cubic feet (1,371 liters) with the rear seat folded. The front passenger seat also folds flat to extend the cargo length and accommodate items up to eight feet long.
Connectivity and infotainment details
Available Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users enhances connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity so customers can keep phones stored and their hands on the wheel.
Additional connectivity and infotainment features include:
Seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen and additional USB ports
Available OnStar 4G LTE with built-in Wi-Fi hotspot
Available next-generation OnStar and MyLink
Available BringGo navigation app
Available SiriusXM Satellite Radio (with three months of trial service), SiriusXM Travel Link and SiriusXM Tune Select (requires XM subscription)
Supports playback of MP3 files stored on USB flash memory drives.
With an OnStar 4G LTE connection, Trax provides an available Wi-Fi hotspot that allows passengers to connect multiple personal devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets, to high-speed wireless Internet.
Trax is powered by a power-dense Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine backed by an efficiency-enhancing six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is rated at an SAE-certified 138 horsepower (102 kW) and 148 lb-ft of torque (200 Nm) between 1,850 and 4,900 rpm.
The wide rpm range for the maximum torque - a specific trait of turbocharged engines - helps it deliver a more confident driving experience, with a strong feeling of power across the rpm band. The turbocharger's on-demand performance also contributes to efficiency because it enables greater power when needed with the lower fuel consumption of a small-displacement engine when it's not.
The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold, for reduced weight and greater packaging flexibility. A solid cast crankshaft and forged connecting rods deliver additional durability to support the engine's pressurized power and torque.
A Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic transmission with TAPShift control is matched with the 1.4L turbo engine. It has a unique design, with the planetary gearsets positioned on the same axis as the engine crankshaft centerline, making the entire powertrain unit shorter fore-to-aft. This design enables a shorter overall vehicle length, increased interior space, enhanced safety crush zones and lower weight.
A "steep" first gear and a "tall" overdrive top gear to achieve a wide ratio spread of 6.14:1. This allows Trax to achieve robust acceleration, as well as fuel efficiency and lower engine noise at highway cruising speeds.
Refined ride and handling
Built on a robust global platform and engineered with precise suspension tuning, Trax delivers one of the segment's quietest and most refined driving experiences. Available all-wheel drive seamlessly shifts power to the rear wheels when required for better traction and handling.
A 100.6-inch (2,555 mm) wheelbase and wide stance - 60.6-inch (1,539 mm) front and rear tracks - contribute to a confident driving experience, while a strong structure enables greater suspension precision and a quiet ride.
A MacPherson strut front suspension is used with coil springs, a large stabilizer bar and side-load-compensated front strut modules.
The rear suspension incorporates a compound crank (torsion beam) design, with a double-wall, tubular V-shape beam profile with gas-charged twin-tube shocks. It combines all the advantages of a conventional torsion beam axle, including minimal space requirements, with low weight and consistent camber control. Noise-damping urethane spring isolators improve ride isolation and dampen noise.
Trax also features a column-mounted, variable-effort electric power steering system that saves fuel compared to a conventional engine-driven power steering pump.
Sixteen-inch wheels are standard on LS FWD and LT (aluminum wheels on LS AWD and LT). LTZ has standard 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Built to protect
Trax incorporates technologies that help avoid crashes and protect occupants in case one occurs. Crash-avoidance technologies include:
Standard rearview camera
Standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control, incorporating traction control and rollover mitigation features
ABS and electronic brake force distribution
Cornering brake control and brake assist
The body structure forms a protective cage around the passenger compartment, with 66 percent of the structure composed of high-strength steels, including ultra-high-strength steel. That structural protection is complemented with 10 standard air bags:
Driver and front passenger frontal air bags
Driver and front passenger knee air bags
Front and rear thorax air bags for all outboard positions - including the segment's only rear-seat-mounted thorax air bags
Side curtain air bags for front and rear outboard passengers.
Trax's safety and security features also include exclusive OnStar technology with Advanced Crash Response System, emergency assistance and more.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.