Chevrolet Trax Refresh Likely Inbound For 2017 Model Year7
Update: the 2017 Chevrolet Trax was revealed at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. See detailed information at the preceding link.
If you feel the current 2015 Chevrolet Trax looks a bit stale in the design department already, you would be correct. Before introducing the Trax in the U.S., the popular crossover had been on sale in other markets globally for three years.
Therefore, the Chevy Trax is due for a refresh, and Automotive News says to expect it for the 2017 model year.
The publication notes the redesign should arrive in 2016, marked for the 2017 model year. The refresh should bring the stale two-piece Chevrolet fascia into the present with current brand-derived design cues.
The nip-tuck for the 2017 Chevrolet Trax will hold things over until a full redesign is readied for 2019. Expect the latest-generation 1.4-liter EcoTec turbocharged engine, just introduced in the Buick Encore Sport Touring, to find its way under the hood of the freshened 2017 Chevrolet Trax as well.
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“Therefore, the Chevy Trax is due for a refresh.”
Since when is a new car in America due for a refresh during it’s introductory year?
Why the refresh?
#1 This is an older global car. Just because it is new to you it is not old to the rest of the world that was getting the Chevy version.
#2 They are not just going to refresh one and not the others since they are all pretty much the same.
#3 They will get the one thing that needs fixed more power with an engine that is just now becoming available for this model.
#4 Most people will not even know there is a new one till it hits the dealers. Lets face it even people here are clueless why it is being refresh so soon.
#5 this is a very competitive segment and we will see changes come fast and often.
#6 Chevy is adopting a new face on the new Cruze and Malibu along with the soon to be Nox so I think they are just getting it on the same page. Also I think they were surprised with the Encores sales and this was a way to increase volume to those who were not willing to pay that much.
The CUV market is scolding hot so they need to mine it for all the gold they can. GM may have been caught out on the minivan years but they are in pretty good shape for the CUV market.
The truth is we will see more refreshes and upgrades in most models. Not because they are doing poorly but more due to the fact the markets have become that competitive. GM finally has the money to do these changes and not string out models for 8 years and platforms for 20 years any more,
2-3 years I expect most models will see some changes at least to the front and rear clips.
One other simple thing to understand. No one will see much of the 2017 till maybe January at the earliest for a spring release. We did not get the Nox refresh will just weeks before the start of production and it has not hampered sales.
John you need to reread the article . Before the Trax hit our market it had already been on sale globally for 3 years . It’s Monday so I’ll give you a break . 😉 .
Most Chevy Trax buyers will have no idea that this car is actually an Opel Mokka. They see it as a brand new Chevy. Even if they make the Encore connection, they’ll still see it as different from the Encore. ‘New’.
In computing sales drop when it’s clear the current model is obsolete and the new one is coming soon.
All I’m saying is that the lid on this story should have been left on longer. Buyers doing research may wait for the new Trax… or receive the message there’s something lacking in the old but brand new Trax.
It could hurt sales.
There is something lacking in the old but new Trax. It’s the inferior interior. The nose may be old hat in their portfolio but it could be worse as at least it isn’t insanely ugly IMO. As far as sales go, a little more dealer inventory and selection might help that aspect.
I agree that refresh of the interior is critical. I went to buy that car and ended up with an Encore.
All I’m saying is now that the cat is out of the bag it could slump Trax sales.
Easy fix considering how GM deals with these things. It’s called massive incentives or rebates to keep them moving. 🙂