Chevrolet Trax to Join Global Lineup, Will Debut in Paris
We first saw a Chevrolet bearing the Trax name as a concept at the 2007 New York auto show, riding on the bones of the Chevy Spark. Now Chevy has announced that something called the Trax will go into production for global markets. But the only thing this Trax has in common with the Trax of five years ago is its name.
Rather than riding on the previous-gen Spark underpinnings of the old concept, the production-model Trax will sit on the same architecture shared by the Buick Encore and the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka. The concept was previewed with a 1.0-liter four-cylinder, but that won’t be relevant to the Trax, either. More likely engine choices include: the naturally aspirated 115-hp, 1.6-liter four; the 140-hp, 1.4-liter turbo four; or the 130-hp, 1.7-liter turbo-diesel found in the Mokka.
The Trax will make its production-model debut at the Paris auto show this fall before going on sale in Canada and Mexico near the end of this year. Thereafter it will launch in 140 other markets—of which the U.S. is not one. More information should be available when the car takes the stage in Paris, but don’t expect much more than a Mokka dressed to impress wearing a bow tie.
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