General Motors has just confirmed – indirectly – the production start of the all-new Chevrolet Tracker in Brazil. Although GM South America didn’t outright mention the name Tracker, the company announced it has started production of the new utility vehicle in the country with an official picture, in which we can clearly see the model on the São Caetano do Sul assembly line.
As such, the new Chevrolet Tracker becomes the first crossover manufactured by GM in Brazil since the company started its activities there 95 years ago. This historical event is due to the constant rise in popularity of the subcompact utility segment in the country, as for the first time ever in 2019, SUVs become the second-largest category in the Brazilian market after the highly popular hatchbacks.
As we reported at the end of last year, the new Chevrolet Tracker will also be the first of seven products the company is planning to launch in 2020 in Brazil. The new generation of B-segment utility vehicle is based on the GM Global Emerging Markets (GEM) platform, and will reach the Brazilian market during the first quarter of the year. It will be a strategic model in Chevrolet’s lineup, destined to strengthen the brand’s sales lead in the country.
“[Tracker] will be Chevrolet’s first compact SUV produced in Brazil,” said GM South America President, Carlos Zarlenga, in a press release. “It will arrive in local dealerships by the end of the first quarter of this year, with innovative technological concepts related to connectivity, safety and energy efficiency,” he added.
The Brazilian-made Chevrolet Tracker is expected to offer two engines, one of which will differ from what will be available in the recently launched Chinese-market variant. As such, the Brazilian Tracker will offer turbocharged 1.0- and 1.2-liter three-cylinder engines. The 1.0L turbo can be combined with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, while the 1.2L turbo will only be bolted to the six-speed automatic.
The official debut of the all-new Chevrolet Tracker in Brazil is scheduled for next March, as reported in local media and deducted from the cited words of GM South America’s president. The new-generation model will replace the current Tracker (Trax), which is imported from Mexico.