We’ve already shown you all kinds of spy shots of the upcoming 2020 Chevrolet Trax as it has gone through various testing stages. The latest batch of photos from our spy shows new Chevy Trax testing with only body-hugging graphic wrap, which means it’s getting very close to making a debut. Here’s our best look yet at the upcoming overhaul to Chevrolet’s B-segment crossover.
What we know thus far is that the 2020 Trax will be an all-new model representing the second generation of the Trax nameplate. Assigned project code 9BUC, it rides on the VSS-F platform shared with the 2020 Buick Encore GX and a myriad of other future GM models with a front-drive engine orientation.
As we’ve noticed in times past, the new Chevy Trax will feature a youthful, aggressive, sporty and bold design – much like the styling introduced by the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. The front end will feature a two-tiered lighting configuration, with a set of narrow and wide signature Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs) up top followed by a set of circular headlamps below. The circular element appears to be a combination of traditional lighting with what looks like a projector headlamp placed at the outer portion of the cluster. Also take note of the blacked-out A-pillar and its blocky shape – elements lifted directly from the new Blazer.
The side profile of the new Chevy Trax features an edgy silhouette, especially on prototype models not equipped with a roof rack. Though the camo makes it difficult to see the exact surface execution, there is a notable character line running from the front fender into the front doors; the line then tapers off at the rear doors.
The bottom end of the doors, meanwhile, features two character lines: one that starts behind the front wheel and sweeps upward, and two more that run the length of the wheelbase.
Also take note of the side mirrors – which are moving from a pedestal-type mount to an arm mount. The daylight window opening (DLO) will feature a thin chrome trim on the bottom and a thicker trim lining the rear-most edge of the rear door.
The rear end also appears to have a Blazer-esque look to it, with a roof-mounted spoiler above the rear window. The spoiler should not only help improve aerodynamic properties of the new Chevy Trax, but also create the illusion of a longer roof. That’s an important characteristic that prevents a small vehicle like the Trax from looking stubby, something that could be said of the current, first-generation Trax. Notice the CHMSL mounted beneath the spoiler.
The model seen here is equipped with an oversized sunroof, which will be a welcomed feature on this entry-level vehicle. It’s difficult to understand what’s taking place with the taillights, but the hatch seems to feature an intricate surface treatment that bends inward below the rear glass yet above the rear bumper cover.
Interestingly, the liftgate seems to end just above the space reserved for the license plate. Some models will get a dual exhaust setup with trapezoidal outlets.
Though the current, first-gen Chevrolet Trax is performing relatively well in the subcompact crossover segment, the new model will give the Bow Tie brand a more youthful entry into the increasingly-competitive B-segment crossover SUV segment, which is being infiltrated by new entrants like the Nissan Kicks, Hyundai Kona, and Toyota CH-R.
We expect to see the 2020 Trax to debut in the very near future, perhaps at the 2019 New York Auto Show later this month, and begin production in the next several months, either at a GM Korea plant or in GM Mexico plant.
We should also mention that the new Chevy Trax will not derive the next-generation Chevrolet Tracker for South America and China. Instead, the next-gen Tracker will become a separate model on the GM GEM platform.