GM is set to launch an all-new, next-generation Chevy Trax for the 2023 model year. Just yesterday, GM Authority reported that the 2023 Chevy Trax will have a more traditional crossover shape, instead of being a crossover coupe. And now, our eagle-eyed spy shooters caught a prototype of the next-gen Trax undergoing testing – giving us our first glimpse of the upcoming model.
The overall shape of the prototype confirms that the next-gen Trax will, in fact, be a traditionally-shaped CUV with upright proportions. It also appears to be smaller than the current Chevy Trailblazer, though understanding its exact dimensions is no easy task. Meanwhile, the design direction appears to be similar to that of the aforementioned Trailblazer, albeit with several notably different elements.
Up front, we see a stout front fascia with a two-tiered headlight configuration similar to that used on the Trailblazer. Interestingly, the headlights worn by this tester are placeholders, similar (if not the same) as the ones used on initial prototypes of the upcoming Chevy Blazer EV. We’re also seeing cues of the 2023 Chevy Colorado within the front fascia, particularly the grille.
The side profile eschews the current model’s relatively bland and soft styling in favor of an angular shape and surface development. In fact, the prototype’s profile has Trailblazer overtones, albeit with signs of smaller proportions. For instance, this 2023 Chevy Trax prototype has internal window frames within the rear doors, likely as a result of its shorter wheelbase and – as a result – overall length. However, it would seem that this Trax prototype is slightly larger than the current Trax, a change that would likely result in more generous cargo space.
Take note that this prototype is missing the wheel and door trim, which will likely come in the form of a dark plastic trim. A set of silver wheels with black accents gives the small CUV a very modern appearance.
The rear end, meanwhile, continues with the upright motif, which can particularly be seen aft of the B-pillars. Though obfuscated by camo, it would appear that the C-pillar is a large piece of sheetmetal spanning the length of the cargo area. A set of horizontally-oriented tail lights – placeholders in this case – adorns the rear hatch.
They’re complemented by a set of horizontally-oriented reflectors within the bumper cover. Speaking of the bumper cover, it has a rather steep rake to it – suggesting that the 2023 Chevy Trax might be positioned as an off-road-oriented crossover similar to the Ford Bronco Sport – which has been seeing healthy levels of success.
Also note the 2023 Chevy Trax prototype’s CHMSL – Center High-Mounted Stop Lamp, which is integrated within the prominent rear spoiler, while a single, centrally-mounted reverse light is creatively placed at the bottom end of the rear bumper cover. Dual exhaust outlets are present and accounted for, likely feeding off a single, transversely-mounted muffler.
Other elements to take in include the blocky roof rails, which perhaps give more credence to the notion that Chevy will position this product as a more off-road-oriented model to take on the Bronco Sport. Additionally, the roof-mounted comms fin differs from the fin-feeding-an-antenna setup of the Trailblazer. Finally, the window within the rear hatch has some prominent (and seemingly blocky) aero elements at its sides.
The current-generation Chevy Trax is slated for discontinuation after the 2022 model year, with production ending in the third quarter of the 2022 calendar year. Per GM Authority’s earlier exclusively reporting, the next-generation 2023 Chevy Trax will be revealed later this fall on October 12th. For reference, the current-generation Chevy Trax hit the U.S. market in 2015.
Providing motivation will be a small-displacement engine with turbocharged aspiration, while output will be directed through the front wheels as standard. An all-wheel drive setup should be optional. Under the new body panels, the 2023 Chevy Trax will ride on a variant of the GM VSS-F vehicle set.
When it launches, the 2023 Chevy Trax is expected to be relatively affordable, especially with the Chevy Spark set to exit the U.S. market after the the 2022 model year. Chevy Spark production ended at the GM Changwon plant in South Korea late last month, with the final order cycle completed in June.