The small SUV segment is anticipated to grow by about 80 percent over the next few years. That is, according to General Motors. And as a matter of fact, GM’s Chevrolet brand is banking on it; the 2015 Chevrolet Trax will be sold here at home for the first time beginning early next year.
The Chevrolet Trax has already been sold in 66 other markets since 2012. Chevrolet is proud of the 180,000 units moved since that time. But as current market trends show, over the next several years, Chevrolet would do well to sell the model domestically, too.
The city crossover will start at just $20,995, and for that you get no small measure of efficiency, plentiful creature comforts, and cargo flexibility in one sharp-looking package. The former is evident in the 2015 Chevrolet Trax’s 34 mpg highway, thanks largely to its 1.4 liter Ecotec powerplant. The latter is a result of not only the standard 60/40-split fold-flat rear seat, but also a segment-exclusive fold-flat front seat for moving particularly long items.
The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is also boasting near-Kia Soul/Jeep Renegade quantities of total storage capacity, with 18.7 cubic-feet behind the rear seat, and 48.4 cubic-feet total with the rear seats folded down. The best news yet is the ridiculously under-priced AWD option, which only costs an additional $1,500 on the 2015 Chevrolet Trax.
Chevrolet is counting on attaining a significant head-start in the US small SUV segment with the 2015 Trax. By getting the jump in the American market, the other domestic automakers can only, well, follow in Chevy’s “trax.”
You can read our first-drive review of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax by clicking this link.