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  • Chevrolet Announces Trax Compact SUV for World Markets

Chevrolet Announces Trax Compact SUV for World Markets

Small SUV Not Destined for U.S. Market

May 14, 2012
Chevrolet just showed some photos of its upcoming Trax model for 140 global markets. Presumably based on the same platform as the Buick Encore and Opel Mokka, the Trax would be substantially smaller than the current Chevy Equinox. But as the Equinox is one of the brand's best-selling models, Chevrolet is deciding against selling the Trax in the U.S. for now, presumably to protect the Equinox's sales turf.
Photo 2/4   |   Chevrolet Trax Compact SUV
The first launch market for the Trax will be Mexico, followed by other markets. Engine options were not revealed for the Trax, but based on the powertrain availability in the Mokka and Encore, a naturally aspirated 1.6-liter, turbocharged 1.4-liter, and 1.7-liter turbodiesel I-4 would be a logical guess. The Trax is expected to offer either front or all-wheel drive.
Photo 3/4   |   2013 Opel Mokka Left Front
But if you're a compact crossover fan, don't be too distraught. Although the U.S. is not slated to get the Trax, it's expected a production version of the GMC Granite concept is headed to showrooms, likely sharing a platform with the Encore and Mokka. We reported a year ago that the concept's rear-hinged doors will make it to production, differentiating it from its platform-mates. While that detail has not been officially confirmed, we think that detail would help it stand out from its platform-mates, as well as the competition.
Photo 4/4   |   2013 Buick Encore Passengers Side Front Three Quarters
What do you think. Should we get the Trax, or would you be happy with the U.S. just getting the Encore and Granite?
Source: General Motors