Already on sale in numerous parts of the word, including Canada, the Chevrolet Trax finally makes it to the U.S. for the 2015 model year. Now that it’s here on our shores, The Fast Lane Car was able to note some impressions with the 2015 Chevrolet Trax Program Engineering Manager, Richard Lee.
Lee touts the 138-horsepower 1.4L turbo-four that is fuel-efficient yet has a flat torque curve (146 ft-lbs.) that comes on strong at a low 1800 rpm. That power is harnessed by a 6-speed automatic rather than a CVT, which should please some folks. Since this is an crossover, one would be correct in assuming an AWD 2015 Trax is available. To improve fuel economy, AWD versions always start in that configuration but revert to FWD if no slip is detected past 39 mph − it’s secure and seamless.
The base LS, FWD version weighs in at 3,100 pounds but add AWD and the 2015 Trax will weigh a trim 150 pounds more, so fully loaded it’ll hit 3,300. Hostess Emme Hall rightly points out, “That’s a fairly heavy car for 138 horsepower!” but Lee responds that the target market is not looking for a hot rod; rather, (s)he is looking for a balance between acceleration and fuel economy, and acceleration doesn’t seem to be an issue once a ride and drive is undertaken. With a solid 26/29/34 (city/combined/highway) mpg rating with (the highway rating being class-leading), the 2015 Trax should be popular for those wanting a zippy crossover that doesn’t sacrifice economy.
There’s more to the interview and evaluation, but rather than spoil it all for you, simply view the below video.