Ever since the Chevrolet Trax nameplate first hit the U.S. market for the 2015 model year, buyers have had only one engine option to choose from, namely the turbocharged 1.4L I4 LUV gas unit. Now, however, the latest 2021 Chevy Trax has unexpectedly adopted a new, more-powerful and more modern engine to replace the LUV.
As it turns out, the U.S-spec 2021 Chevy Trax will ditch the turbo 1.4L I4 LUV offered on outgoing models in favor of the turbocharged 1.4L I4 LE2 gas unit. The change is taking place roughly a third of the way through the 2021 model year.
Although the arrival of a new engine with the 2021 Chevy Trax comes as a bit of a surprise, it is certainly not unwelcome. As it is, the 1.4L LUV equipped for the 2020 model year and earlier is an adequate four-cylinder gas engine for the application, the port-injected mill is also a bit long in the tooth, hailing from the Gen 1 Ecotec engine family.
By contrast, the turbocharged 1.4L I4 LE2 now equipped by the 2021 Chevy Trax is much newer and features direct injection. It was first introduced in the 2016 Chevy Cruze. What’s more, the LE2 is more powerful than the LUV, producing 153 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque, as compared to the 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque produced by the 1.4L LUV.
Under the hood of the Chevy Cruze, the 1.4L I4 LE2 was outfitted with an automatic engine start/stop feature. It’s currently unclear whether or not the LE2 will offer automatic start/stop with the 2021 Chevy Trax, but for the moment, we do not believe so.
As for the reasoning and justification behind this unexpected change with regard to the 2021 Chevy Trax engine spec, GM Authority has reached out to Chevrolet for comment, but has yet to receive a response. Once we hear back, rest assured we’ll share what we learn.
Stay tuned, as we’ll have more on the 2021 Chevy Trax and its new, more-powerful engine posted very soon. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Trax news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.