Lately, we had enjoyed (or suffered, depending on the point of view) a rain of innovating crossover models. By this time, the CUV market has a really good supply of models, offering exactly what each user wants and needs. Fortunately, car makers are making great efforts to improve the crossovers already introduced to the market in previous years. Right now, we are talking about the 2017 Trax.
What can we say about the Trax model? This is the chicest and fancy crossover in the market right now, offered by the colossus of General Motors. Also is one of the best-selling CUV nowadays. This could be reality aided by a small price tag and a good quality of materials and build.
During the recent Chicago Auto Show, Chevrolet dedicated an important share of its time to present the new features onboard the upcoming year’s Trax. They want to control a market totally dominated by the excellent Mazda CX-3 and the interesting Jeep Renegade. Could it make it? With a fair price and outstanding quality, the Trax has the half of the war already won, having massive numbers of sold units and profits.
Let’s see the new features offered by the 2017 Trax.
Drivetrain and Specs
According to the car maker during the popular auto show, the 2017 Trax will keep everything under the hood without a single change. The turbo 1.4 L 4-cylinder compact powerplant is capable of generating up to 138 hp and a maximum torque of 148 lb-ft. These decent numbers make it a slow CUV but with a good fuel efficiency.
Taking data from past year’s model, we can already assume that the 2017 Trax will feature a decent fuel economy, rated at 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. So, it isn’t a speed monster but it will comfortably take you from point A to B.
The 2017 Trax will have a curb weight around 3200 lb and features front-wheel- and all-wheel-drive layouts available. The options end in terms of transmission, where the only gearbox available is a 6-speed automatic one.
Design, Comfort, and Real Changes
For the 2017 Trax, the true changes and improvements come in terms of design, looks, and convenience. As we can see, it follows the Chevrolet’s trend of design, which is present in recent models like the Spark, the Sonic, and the Cruze. The front fascia has suffered an interesting and positive change in comparison with the outgoing model.
Headlights options are now dynamic, mainly due the alternatives offered by the LS and LT trims. While the most basic variant delivers halogen reflectors, the LT features halogen projector-beams with abundant chrome detailing. The new trim introduced for the 2017 presentation, the Premier, also enjoys the LT’s headlights.
The interior’s redesign of the 2017 Trax aims to create a feeling of more space, relocating all the instruments in a smart way. The instruments themselves suffered changes and several design improvements. Chevrolet’s MyLink infotainment system features a brand-new 7-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity, and 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot with a capacity for seven devices onboard.
Next year’s version will also bring new safety technologies like the rear cross-traffic alert and the blind-spot monitor, which were adopted by so many models in other segments in past years. The materials used are decent, without failing or delivering a deception feeling.
The Bottom Line
The 2017 Trax wants to be another successful model in the crossover market. We must remember that both exterior builds reflect its entry-level nature, being a cheap CUV for a really hungry market.
The price tag will be around US$22.000.