CHICAGO — The 2017 Chevrolet Trax was launched just 13 months ago, but with a growing number of rivals crowding the subcompact SUV segment, Chevrolet decided it was not too early for a face-lift. The 2017 Trax debuts at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show.
Major changes to the 2017 Trax include an all-new front end, a new premium cabin with an updated instrument panel, a new infotainment system and more optional safety equipment.
The Trax arrives at Chevrolet dealerships in the fall.
Pricing was not announced, but Chevrolet assures car shoppers it will remain affordable and carry "an entry-level price." The 2016 Trax starts at $21,195, including an $895 destination charge.
The more stylish look is designed to please Trax buyers, a group made up of nearly 60 percent female customers. In addition, more than half of Trax customers who traded in a vehicle turned in something other than a Chevrolet.
"With the Colorado and Trax, Chevrolet and our dealers are able to offer brand-new entries in fast-growing segments, which helps bring new customers to Chevrolet," said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of marketing for cars and crossovers, in a statement.
New safety features include side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert and lane-departure warning.
The Trax Premier model is equipped with LED lighting and new 18-inch aluminum wheels.
The carryover engine in the 2017 Trax is a 138-horsepower Ecotec 1.4-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The subcompact SUV segment is one of the hottest on the market, with such new offerings as the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade and Mazda CX-3. Other competitors include the Fiat 500X, Kia Soul and Mini Cooper Countryman.
Edmunds says: Chevrolet speeds a Trax makeover to market, a sure way to keep car shoppers' attention.