Meet Chevy Trax — the crossover that GM Authority sources have described as being “what the Chevy Cruze is to the Buick Verano”. Why the analogy? Because the Trax rides on the same Gamma II Plus platform as the recently-unveiled Buick Encore.
In any event, Trax seats five, has class-leading cargo space, and will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in September. It will first launch in Mexico and Canada, but will be available in 140 markets worldwide… except for the United States, because “of the strong position of the Equinox”. Mark Reuss was telling the truth, after all.
“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. “After a record sales year in 2011 and a record first quarter, Chevrolet continues to meet customer needs by expanding its portfolio with strong new entries.”
The GM Authority Take
We really like the way the Trax looks, which is more than we can say for other subcompact models. However, we’re dubious of the decision to launch the vehicle in Canada but not in the United States. But hey, at least it has a roof rack!