Chevrolet Unveils Its First Global Small SUV, Trax at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show
DUBAI - In 1935, Chevrolet invented the SUV with the introduction of the Carryall Suburban. At the time, few people would have guessed that the Chevrolet Suburban would eventually hold the record for being the longest-running vehicle nameplate in the world.
78 years later, Chevrolet launched its first entry in the small SUV segment, the Trax. It made its Middle East debut at the 2013 Dubai International Motor Show today.
“Trax is a modern, highly versatile yet fuel-efficient small SUV, that offers car-like handling and all-wheel drive,” said Maurice Williams, President and Managing Director of GM Middle East Operations. “It is the modern expression of one of Chevrolet's core competencies, which is building and selling great SUVs.”
Chevrolet SUV family nameplates have stood for capable, practical and dependable vehicles and have often been at the forefront of safety and technical innovations. Early models saw the introduction of hydraulic brakes, safety glass and independent front suspension in 1937, while later models premiered energy-absorbing steering columns (1967) and antilock brakes (1988).
With Trax, Chevrolet is ready to embrace the group of car buyers that has been fuelling the significant growth the SUV-B segment has seen in recent years. These urban customers tend to be image-conscious individuals with active lifestyles. Many of them desire a vehicle that matches their off-the-grid individual status.
Trax gives buyers many of the benefits of a full-blooded SUV while combining the driving dynamics and fuel economy of a smaller car. Above all, Trax offers a maximum of versatility, from its flexible modern passenger cabin to all-wheel-drive to Chevrolet MyLink enhanced connectivity.
The looks and flexibility of a true SUV
Conveying muscularity, athletic agility and movement, Trax embodies the latest example of Chevrolet's expressive design vocabulary. At 4.2-meter long, 1.7-meter wide and 1.6-meter high, the brand’s new entry in the SUV-B segment projects a well-planted, confident stance.
A dual port grille with the iconic Chevrolet bowtie, pronounced wheel arches and muscular rear haunches, and a fast, rearward-swept roofline that flows into the integrated spoiler are key elements that define Trax exterior appearance.
The interior is characterized by flowing lines, modern design cues and a well-organized cabin. Up to eight seating configurations can be selected; the rear seat row incorporates a regular 230V socket that can be used for recharging laptops and other electronic devices without the need for an adapter.
Storage amenities are plentiful. The loading space can be extended to accommodate a maximum of 1370-litre, with further space available under the cargo floor. In addition to a 60/40 split rear seat, upper specifications of the Trax have a front passenger seat that can be folded flat, offering additional flexibility for objects of up to 2.3-meter length.
A host of storage compartments includes an available under-seat storage tray and two glove boxes, one of which contains outlets for USB and auxiliary devices that enable discrete connectivity for iPods, smart phones, and other electronic devices.
Additional cargo can be carried externally. The Chevrolet Trax features standard roof rails, has a roof load capacity of 75 kg and can tow trailers weighing up to 1200 kg.
Chevrolet MyLink technology leverages your smartphone
With the Chevrolet MyLink connected radio, a standard feature on upper trim of the Trax, drivers will have a system at their fingertips that is easy to use and allows them to access media including specialist apps from compatible portable devices.
Chevrolet MyLink technology provides easy access to phone books, personal playlists, photo galleries (through USB key or iPhone) and videos (through USB key or aux-in)1, and other stored media.
The system can store the pairing information of up to 5 smartphones at one time. Mass storage devices, including MP3 players, iPod, iPad can also be connected through USB. There is a dedicated plug-in outlet for personal music devices and smartphones that do not use USB or Bluetooth connections.
MyLink users can take advantage of a selection of dedicated smartphone apps that will make their lives and driving more comfortable. Customers with a compatible iPhone running iOS 7 can ask Siri2, an intelligent assistant, to perform a number of tasks while they safely keep their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel. An Eyes Free mode enables drivers to interact with their iPhones using nothing more than their voice while keeping the device's screen from lighting up.
Owners can use Siri in Eyes Free mode to make voice-activated, hands-free calls to contacts on their iPhone, play songs in their iTunes libraries, switch music sources automatically from AM/FM radio to iPod mode, or listen to or send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved contacts.
On top of that, Chevrolet MyLink users can utilize the TuneIn smarthpone app, a streaming audio powerhouse that provides seamless connectivity to live local, international and internet radio and links listeners to a global network of 70,000 stations3.
Three fuel-efficient engines and on-demand AWD system
A 1.8-liter gasoline engine will be offered with either a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission. Mated to a six-speed manual transmission, the 1.8L cranks out 140 horsepower and 175 Nm of torque.
With a power output 77.7 hp/L, the new 1.8-liter engine is one of the most powerful units in this displacement class. Ninety percent of the175 Nm maximum torque is available over a wide range from 2200 to 6200 rpm, which ensures lively performance even at low engine speeds for relaxed everyday driving.
An AWD system is available on LT and LTZ trims equipped with the 6-speed automatic transmission. On-demand AWD system automatically adapts to the prevalent road conditions and significantly improves traction on slippery or graveled roads. It delivers power to the front wheels during normal driving on dry road surfaces. Should the front wheels slip due to adverse traction - caused by rain, snow, or a muddy driveway - power is automatically delivered to the rear wheels as well.
The system works automatically and seamlessly with no action needed from the driver. While engineered primarily for on-road use, the system also provides excellent traction and mobility off-road. Unlike heavy-duty four-wheel-drive systems, this is a single-range design not intended for strenuous use.
Driving the Trax is an enjoyable experience. Chevrolet’s latest entry has been tuned to deliver distinct European driving dynamics and boasts sophisticated electronic aid systems.
A front/rear track width of 1540 mm and a wheelbase of 2555 mm ensure well-planted stability. The Trax' tight body-frame-integral structure, a McPherson strut-type front suspension and a rear compound crank suspension all contribute to the vehicle's responsive ride and handling characteristics.
The Trax features Electric Power Steering (EPS) with integrated wear compensator for precise steering action over the life of the system.
The strength of its structural design make Trax one of the safest small SUVs in the segment. Should the car roll over, it has been engineered to carry more than four times its own weight.
Trax is equipped with a comprehensive range of modern chassis control systems which includes Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control. Other standard features include Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, four-channel Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Hydraulic Brake Fade Assist, and roll-over Mitigation.
Six airbags, three-point seatbelts in all five seating positions, ISOFX anchoring systems for children’s safety seats and a collapsible pedal are equally part of standard safety features onboard the Trax.
Chevrolet Trax was awarded the top safety rating by the Korean New Car Assessment Program (KNCAP) in July 2013.
1 Photos and videos can only be viewed when the vehicle is stationary.
2 Siri is available in Beta only on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad (3rd and 4th generations), iPad mini and iPod touch (5th generation), and requires internet access. Siri may not be available in all languages or in all areas, and features may vary by area. Cellular data charges may apply.
3 require an active data connection
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest automotive brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, high quality and outstanding value. Chevrolet first ventured into the Middle East eight decades ago, and today is one of the most trusted automotive brands in the region. The Chevrolet portfolio includes award-winning cars such as the Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Camaro and Corvette, family crossovers such as the Captiva and Traverse, and SUVs and pickups including the Tahoe and Silverado. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at http://media.chevroletarabia.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chevroletarabia or by following @chevroletarabia on Twitter.