Wednesday, 15 August 2012 2:59 PM
The Chevrolet Trax, the US automaker's latest compact SUV will make its big debut at the Paris Motor Show. And unlike many other manufacturers, Chevy is being pretty open about what we can expect next month in the French capital when the covers come off for real. No cagey design sketches or mysterious photos of the corner of a headlight for Chevrolet!
We have two nice clear pictures of an example of the Trax in red and it looks like we may have a competitor to the likes of the Nissan Juke on our hands. Within Chevrolet's line-up with a length of 4,248mm and width of 1,776mm atop a 2,555mm wheelbase, it will fit in alongside the Captiva.
Chevy also tells us that for the European market, there will be a choice of three engines, a 1.4-litre turbo petrol, a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.7-litre turbo diesel. These will be mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox with stop-start function or, in the case of the 1.4-litre 140bhp model and the 1.7-litre 130bhp model, a six-speed automatic gearbox is an option.
It will also come with an on-demand all-wheel-drive system for off-roading. Of course there's a screen for your infotainment needs and this will feature a navigation app.
Aiming it at the family market, there's a 358-litre boot along with storage bins, a tray under the passenger seat and further stowage under the cargo floor. There's also a 60/40-split rear sear, the back seats and front passenger seat can be folded flat and there are a total of eight seating combinations.
Safety feature include six airbags, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, hill descent control and trailer stability assist, all as standard on LT trim models.
The Trax will be introduced to the European market next year.
By Georgia Lewis
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