Chevy’s little Trax is among the newer faces in the burgeoning subcompact-crossover cotillion. Judging by 2015, its initial complete year on sale—in which it rang up much more compared to 400,000 purchases in 73 global markets and placed second in the segment in the U.S., according to Chevrolet—it additionally is among the much more popular debutantes at the dance.
Premiering for 2017: the Premier
But was it prettiest? Perhaps not, at the very least in the eyes of Chevy’s styling militia. The bow-tie brand’s design group has actually lavished some focus on this relative newcomer to the U.S. market (it was offered earlier globally), which will certainly present a fresh face for the 2017 model year. every one of the front sheetmetal has actually been redone. The brand-new grille echoes the stacked dual-port look of various other recent Chevrolets, butting up versus brand-new headlamps that cover about the front fenders. In the LS trim level, the lamps are halogen reflectors, while LT and new-for-’17 Premier models get hold of halogen projector-beams and a little chrome bling for the fog-lamp bezels. The rear fascia additionally has actually been tweaked, along with brand-new dual taillamps and LED lighting in the Premier, which further entails 18-inch aluminum wheels.
Inside, the Trax sports a redesigned instrument panel along with a sweeping top dashboard that boosts the sense of interior area and additionally shelters a binnacle that embraces a brand-new tachometer, speedometer, and digital information readout. A brand-new 7.0-inch color touchscreen joins the celebration and is house to Chevy’s MyLink infotainment system, which supplies enhanced connectivity, including Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Love a lot of recent GM products, the Trax additionally will certainly supply 4G LTE technology along with a Wi-Fi hot spot. So equipped, Trax travelers can easily connect as several as seven personal electronic devices—tablets, laptops, smartphones, etc.
New offered safety features contain a blind-spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning, and lane-departure warning. Automatic braking, however, is not on the menu. A rearview camera is standard.
The 2017 updates don’t expand to the engine bay or the drivetrain. The exact same 1.4-liter turbo four—along with 138 horsepower, 148 lb-ft of optimum torque—supplies propulsion, sending thrust to either the front or every one of four wheels via a six-rate automatic transmission.
Although the Trax is much from portly—also along with all-wheel drive, curb weights shouldn’t go a lot greater compared to 3300 pounds—acceleration most likely will certainly keep on to be leisurely. We logged 9.4 seconds to 60 mph in our 2015 test of an all-wheel-drive Trax, Even though we ought to note that the Trax competes in a class not generally decided on as getaway rides for stickup artists. EPA fuel-economy ratings for the 2017 model aren’t offered yet, however aren’t expected to stray from those for the most up to date Trax—24 mpg city, 31 highway along with all-wheel drive.
Now slightly much less of a wallflower, the 2017 Trax will certainly come dancing in to Chevy showrooms this fall.