What Is It?
2015 Chevrolet Trax
What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Trax, available for some time in Europe, is an all-new crossover for Chevrolet in the U.S. The Trax is based on the same subcompact structure and closely related to Chevrolet's Sonic small car and Buick's Encore crossover. The Trax is about 20 inches shorter than the midsize Chevy Equinox.
When Does It Go on Sale?
The Trax will be in dealer showrooms sometime early next year.
How Much Does It Cost?
We won't know much about pricing until closer to the little crossover's launch next year, but expect the Trax to be offered at a lower price point than the closely related Buick Encore, which currently starts at around $25,000.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2015 Chevrolet Trax will come only as a four-door hatchback crossover. There will be three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
• 1.4-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder: 138 horsepower, 148 pound-feet of torque
• Six-speed automatic transmission.
• Front-wheel drive standard, all-wheel drive optional.
• Projected fuel economy for front drive: 26 city/34 highway mpg.
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
Although it's substantially smaller than the compact Equinox, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax offers as much as 48.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded, just 15-odd cubes short of the Equinox, and the front passenger seat folds flat to handle items up to 8 feet long.
There will be pretty serious connectivity equipment, including a standard 7-inch touchscreen, available 4G LTE hotspot capability and Chevrolet's nifty navigation pass-through that displays GPS navigation from your phone, avoiding the cost of full-blown integrated navigation. And there is the latest suite of apps, including Chevrolet's MyLink and the BringGo navigation app.
What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
You'll find the 2015 Chevrolet Trax geared up with 10 standard airbags, antilock brakes and stability control and a standard rearview camera.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Kia Soul: Beyond the fun and funky looks, the Soul is a plenty useful and well-contented package, and this year's redesign brought a major upgrade in overall refinement. The base 1.6-liter engine's a little wheezy, though, and it doesn't offer all-wheel drive.
Mini Cooper Countryman: This not-so-mini Mini sacrifices some of the standard Mini Cooper's nimbleness for four doors, available all-wheel drive and more utility. Not the cheapest vehicle in the class, but it has class.
Nissan Juke: The sports car of tiny crossovers, the Juke has performance that outpunches its size and available all-wheel drive. The styling's polarizing, though, and the Juke's package isn't the most space-efficient.
Should You Wait for It?
For those who find today's wide variety of compact crossovers still too large for their needs, the Trax is almost certain to be an enticing proposition worth waiting for. There still aren't a lot of affordable subcompact crossovers from which to choose, so we expect Chevy to ensure the Trax hits a sweet spot of economy, utility and cleverness.