Chevrolet announced today that it is adding an all-new small sport utility vehicle to its global portfolio, and it will be available in Canada and Mexico in the fourth quarter of this year, before anywhere else.
The Chevrolet Trax will make its official global debut at the Paris Motor Show in September. It will be sold in more than 140 markets worldwide but not, significantly, in the United States.
It's the second current Chevrolet model, along with the Orlando, to be sold in Canada but not in the U.S.
The five-passengers Trax is based on the same platform as the Buick Encore, which made its debut at the Detroit auto show in January, and the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka sold in Europe. That means it will be considerably smaller than the Chevrolet Equinox, which is currently the smallest CUV/SUV in Chevrolet's Canadian lineup.
"The Trax provides Chevrolet an entry into a growing small SUV segment and delivers the flexibility, great fuel economy and car-like handling that urban explorers around the world require," said Mary Barra, GM senior vice president of Product Development for General Motors.
"We believe Trax will be a popular choice with Canadians looking for the convenience and utility offered by a small SUV, which will be ideal to drive in urban centres and cities across Canada," added Marc Comeau, vice-president of sales, service and marketing for Chevrolet in Canada.
Trax will be the fourth new Chevrolet model launched in Canada this year. Others include the recently-released Sonic sub-compact, the all-new Spark mini car and Malibu mid-sized sedan that will arrive in Canadian dealerships this summer, and the new 2013 Traverse which will be available in the fall.
While Trax's contemporary form evolves the global Chevrolet design aesthetic, the company says, its interior and details will be executed to standards usually found in more expensive vehicles.
No details as yet on the new vehicle's powertrain or pricing, although a 1.6-litre I-4 and a turbocharged 1.4-litre I-4 are probable engine choices.