General Motors is actively developing a future Chevy crossover coupe, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with the matter. The new vehicle, whose name is currently unknown but will likely end up wearing the Trax moniker, will usher The General into the “crossover coupe” space from which it has been notably absent since its inception.
Development of the vehicle in question is being led by the GM Korea subsidiary, and the model will be small in size – slotting between the size of the current Chevy Trailblazer crossover sold in the U.S., Canada and South Korea, and Chevy Tracker crossover sold in Mexico, South America and China. Both models live on differently-sized ends of the mainstream subcompact crossover segment.
Sources tell us that the front end of the crossover coupe will be similar to that of the Tracker, but with hints of the current Chevy Blazer, a model that has influenced the styling of current Chevrolet utilities. In addition, the slope of the A-pillar and the general shape of the two front windows (on the front doors) on the new model will be very similar to those of the Tracker, which replaced the first-generation Trax in various international markets.
But starting roughly around the B-pillar, the future Chevy crossover coupe will feature a rapidly-sloping roofline. Sources indicate that the execution will be similar to that of the current-generation Audi Q5 Sportback. The rear doors will feature large primary rear windows followed by a small vanity window following the rear door and extending to the C-pillar.
From an architectural standpoint, the new model will ride on a variant of the GM VSS-F platform currently used by the aforementioned Trailblazer and its corporate platform mate, Buick Encore GX. That stands in contrast to the GEM platform (aka Global Emerging Markets architecture) that underpins the current Tracker. In fact, GEM could be considered a variant of VSS-F, but one that’s less complex and less costly.
Powering the new model will be a small-displacement, turbocharged gasoline engine. Front-wheel-drive is expected to be standard, while all-wheel-drive will be optional.
As we noted earlier, a crossover coupe – technically a misnomer that today represents a four-door crossover with a rapidly-sloping roofline – is not present in today’s GM lineup. For one reason or another, the Detroit-based automaker has actively elected not to compete in this space following its creation by German luxury marques.
Today, BMW offers the X4 and X6, Mercedes-Benz offers the GLC-Class Coupe and GLE-Class Coupe, while Audi offers the Q5 Sportback. All of these models are variants of traditionally-styled crossover models, including the X3, X5, GLC-Class, GLE-Class, and Q5, respectively.
While the exact positioning of the upcoming Chevy crossover coupe is unclear, it will certainly be distinguished from that of the Chevy Trailblazer and Tracker subcompacts via unique design, thereby expanding the Bow Tie brand’s crossover lineup with a more personalized and distinctive appearance.
Development of the new model is well underway, with production slated to begin in early 2023. The future Chevy is expected to be available in the U.S. and Canada, along with select international markets. As GM Authority reported earlier this month, production of the new vehicle will take place at the GM Changwon plant in South Korea after the last Chevy Spark rolls off the line at the facility later this year.
Editor’s note: this article has been updated to reflect that the future Chevy crossover coupe will likely end up being called Chevy Trax.