Chevrolet’s Pint-Size Trax Crossover Priced Less Than $21,000
$3,070 Cheaper than Buick Encore Sibling
Chevrolet announced pricing for its smallest crossover today, saying that the Trax will start at $20,995. Its twin, the Buick Encore, costs about $3,000 more, but the Trax probably includes fewer standard features and less sound deadening.
The Trax is based on the same architecture as the Chevy Sonic and Spark, and it shares its 1.4L turbocharged I-4 with the Sonic and Cruze, as well as a handful of other General Motors vehicles. All-wheel drive will be an option on the Trax, coming in at $1,500.
The Trax is the latest addition to Chevrolet’s expanding lineup of compact vehicles. In the last four years, the company’s sales in the minicar and compact segment have tripled, and GM hopes that the Trax will help reinforce that presence, particularly given the sudden popularity of itty-bitty SUVs. Demand for the Buick Encore outstripped supply for several months in 2013, and its first-year sales were nearly double what analysts predicted.
GM never originally intended to sell the Trax in the United States, but the Encore has been such an unexpected success for Buick that Chevrolet felt a business case could be made for the Trax. It has been on sale in 155 markets around the world since it unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show as a 2013 model, and Chevrolet says that in that time, 155,000 have been sold in total.
The Trax arrives in January as a 2015 model, just in time to do battle with the upcoming Jeep Renegade, Fiat 500X, and Honda HR-V. Like the Trax, those crossovers share a lot with their respective companies’ compact cars.
Source: General Motors