When it arrives to dealers in Germany in May of 2013, the Chevrolet Trax will have a starting price of €16,990 (including VAT). For that amount, the Trax cradles a 1.6L 115 hp gasoline Ecotec engine mated to a manual transmission, and — although it wasn’t announced, we’re guessing that this is for the base LS trim level.
The top-of-the-line trim level offered in Germany will start at €23,990 and will include the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, which assimilates content from a user’s smartphone, including music playlists, photo galleries, contacts, along with other stored media and data. MyLink also supports TuneIn internet radio and BringGo — a navigation app that can be downloaded onto compatible smartphones, making for an affordable and convenient smartphone-based navigation system. The system is also compatible with the EyesFree mode of Apple’s Siri automated intelligent assistant, allowing the user to perform a number of tasks while keeping eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
In addition to MyLink, the top trim level on the Trax includes a flat-folding front passenger seat — allowing the small crossover to swallow objects up to 2.3 meters in length. Meanwhile, a 230V power socket allows users to charge electronic devices such as laptops and tablets.
The powertrain line-up consists of the following engines:
- The now-familiar 140 hp (103 kW) 1.4L turbocharged gasoline engine (LUJ) available in the Cruze and Sonic, among others
- A 116 hp (85 kW) naturally-aspirated 1.6L gasoline engine (LDE), and
- A 130 hp (96 kW) 1.7 liter diesel engine
Being based on GM’s global Gamma vehicle architecture, the Trax is a front-wheel-drive vehicle by default, with all-wheel-drive offered as an option; a manual transmission with Start/Stop technology is standard, while an automatic gearbox is available.
By comparison, the Canadian-market Trax starts at $18,495 (CA$) for mostly the same kind of vehicle, illustrating the vast difference in tax structures between Germany and Canada. The Trax joins the (three-row) Captiva, which has a starting price of €25,690 in Germany; by comparison, the Trax’s Opel-badged twin, the Mokka, has a starting price of €18,990.
In the meantime, the United States remains unworthy of the Trax.