For better or worse, it’s been quite some time since we’ve seen the Chevy Tracker (a.k.a. “Geo Tracker”) sold in American dealerships, but the badge is still alive and well in some parts of the world – even if the vehicle it adorns is quite different.
What we know as the Chevy Trax – GM’s Chevy Sonic-based subcompact crossover – is sold as the Chevy Tracker in some parts of the world, including Brazil and other South American markets. And for the 2019 model year, the Chevy Tracker is being updated slightly to remain competitive in the Brazilian market. Changes are as follows:
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System (TCS) have been added to the LT model
- Hill Hold Assist added to the LT model
- Chevy Tracker Premier model gets a new “Premier” badge on the lift gate
Stability Control, Traction Control, and Auto Hill Hold were all previously available on Chevy Tracker models other than LT.
ESC, TCS, Auto Hill Hold
Although similar, Electronic Stability Control and Traction Control perform two very different functions. The former is able to intervene whenever a loss of vehicle stability is detected, braking the wheels asymmetrically and sometimes cutting engine torque to keep the vehicle’s trajectory in check. The latter system is concerned with limiting wheelspin, and works to correct it using the same tools: individual-wheel braking and engine torque reduction.
Like the aforementioned, Auto Hill Hold technology also uses individual-wheel braking to accomplish its objectives. The system holds the vehicle in place when the driver is starting moving on an uphill incline by braking the rear wheels for up to three seconds after he or she lifts off the pedal, releasing the brakes either after that time limit is passed, or after the driver has depressed the accelerator enough to get going.
About The Chevy Tracker
The Chevy Tracker is built for South America at GM’s San Luis Potosi assembly plant, using the same Gamma II platform as the Chevy Sonic subcompact car. All Latin American Chevy Tracker models are powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.8L Ecotec I4 LUW engine producing 138 horsepower.
The Chevy Tracker ships with MyLink infotainment, featuring Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as standard, and some markets offer GM’s OnStar telematics system, often branded as ChevyStar. Even the base model comes equipped with alloy wheels, auxiliary headlights, air conditioning, Isofix system for child seating, a six-speaker sound system, power mirrors, power locks, power windows, and a convenient oil life indicator.