Sub-compacts and compact utility vehicles are two of the fastest growing segments in the Canadian car market.
It makes sense, therefore, that Chevrolet plans to sell its new sub-compact utiliy, called the Trax, in Canada, even though it won't be marketed in the U.S. – at least not initially.
It will join the Chevrolet Orlando mini-minivan in that respect, as it is also sold in Canada but not the U.S.
The Trax, which will make its world premiere at the Paris motor show on September 27, is Chevrolet’s first entry in the sub-compact CUV/SUV segment.
With styling that clearly identifies it as a Chevrolet, the little sport ute measures 4,248 mm in length and 1,776 mm in width, on a 2,555 mm wheelbase – roughly 200 mm longer than the Honda Fit on a wheelbase that's 105 mm greater.
It is said to accommodate up to five people in a comfortable high seating position and to deliver car-like handling while also enabling off-road capability when needed.
In Europe, its engine line-up will include 1.4L turbocharged and 1.6L non-turbo gasoline engines, along with a 1.7L turbo-diesel. Although not yet confirmed by GM, it's likely that both gasoline versions will be offered here, but not th diesel.
In Euro trim the 1.4L turbo is available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. It's rated at 140 hp, with maximum torque of 200 Nm, and is offered in both front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive forms.
Inside, the Trax boasts a front passenger seat that can be folded flat, and total of eight different seating combinations. In the rear, there's a 60/40-split seat.
Convenience features include an instrument cluster that combines digital readouts with analog displays. Storage amenities, in addition toa 358-litre cargo capacity, include various bins above and on both sides of the centre stack, as well as a tray under the passenger seat and further storage space is available under the cargo floor.
Upper trims will be offer Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, which aggregates content from smartphones onto a seven-inch, high resolution, full colour touch-screen display.
An array of standard passive and active safety systems includes six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Traction Control (TC), and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution. Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC) are also available.