Quick, what’s coming to pretty much everywhere in the world, except for the United States? If you answered “Chevy Trax“, then you’re correct — as GM’s Australian arm has officially confirmed that it will market the subcompact crossover as the Holden Trax.
While Holden didn’t provide any more details about the vehicle than what was already known, it did say that the small SUV segment has grown 57.3 percent year to date compared to the same time period last year, thereby underlining the importance of this vehicle in the over 140 markets worldwide.
To recap, the Trax will share the Gamma Plus platform shared with the Buick Encore/Opel Mokka and will be “what the Chevy Cruze is to the Buick Verano“, according to GM Authority sources. The vehicle will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in September (as a Chevrolet), with more details expected as the launch nears. Stay tuned to GM Authority for the latest GM News.
The GM Authority Take
The fact that the Trax will make its way to Australia but not to the United States is an outright enigma at this point. Think about it: Holden offers the Captiva 5 and 7 — the former being an updated version of the Opel Antara/second-gen Saturn Vue; and it will now offer the Trax below the Captiva 5, making for a nearly perfect stair-step crossover lineup. By contrast, Chevy does not even offer a compact crossover in the States — with the Equinox being the smallest CUV offered by The Bow Tie brand. What gives?