General Motors has plans to enter the small crossover market across the world. The Chevrolet Trax will make its debut in September at the Paris Motor Show with plans to be in showrooms soon after.
Chevy first used the Trax name five years ago as part of a small car concept trio. From this these the Beat was chosen for production, but it seems at least the Trax name was a favorite among stylists. The new Trax has matured both in dimensions and styling.
GM released one picture, and judging by size expectations and shape, the Trax will likely share much in common with the Buick Encore. This means the underpinnings are shared across the board from the Chevy Sonic to the Opel Mokka. The front-end styling is in step with Chevrolet’s international profile (the new U.S.-based Impala has a crisper design) borrowing heavily from the Malibu.
As far as other details, GM is being tight lipped for now. We do know that it will seat five and have an emphasis on fuel economy, which will mean diesel power at least in Europe.
The Trax will first hit Mexico before the end of the year, and will be introduced to more than 140 countries through 2013. Chevrolet has no plans to bring the Trax to the U.S. They site the “strong position of the Equinox” as the reason to keep the Trax south of the boarder, which is a nice way of saying that these two would cannibalize the dealer traffic over here.