The Chevy Trax subcompact five-door crossover utility vehicle (CUV) will be sold exclusively with AWD in certain U.S. markets starting this September, GM Authority has learned.
“We are adjusting our product mix on Trax in certain markets based on various factors, which means some markets will offer AWD exclusively,” Rita Kass-Shamoun, Assistant Manager of GM Product and Brand Communications, told GM Authority in a statement.
Meanwhile, Chevy Trax models equipped with FWD will continue to be offered in markets within a select number of U.S. regions, including West, South East, and South Central. Specifically which states within those regions will offer FWD Chevy Trax models is currently unclear.
This latest development follows a price reduction for AWD Chevy Trax models. As GM Authority covered previously, AWD Chevy Trax models will see a price cut of $880, lowering the drivetrain upgrade from $1,500 to $620. The new price cut positions the Chevy Trax as the least-expensive AWD option in the segment.
The new price cut follows General Motors’ strategy to offer two vehicles in the subcompact CUV segment, the other of which is the all-new Chevrolet Trailblazer.
Although FWD Trax models are more expensive than FWD Trailblazer models with regard to starting price, the recent price cut makes the AWD Trax less expensive than the AWD Trailblazer, with the former starting at $23,795 (excluding destination), and the latter starting at $24,495 (excluding destination).
The 2021 Chevy Trax is offered with just one engine option, specifically the turbocharged 1.4L I4 LUV, which is rated at 138 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 148 pound-feet of torque at 1,850 rpm. Output is routed through the six-speed automatic MNK transmission.
So then, the question is this – which model do you prefer? Is the AWD Chevy Trax worth it, or is the FWD the Chevy Trax the smarter buy? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Trax news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.