CHEVY TRAX

Global SUV tracks stateside

2014-05-04T12:17:00Z Global SUV tracks statesideBy Jim Jackson Times Autos Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 04, 2014 12:17 pm  • 

Last week’s New York International Auto Show in New York City opened a new door to the U.S. sport utility vehicle segment with the introduction of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax.

Scheduled to arrive early next year, Trax joins Canada, China, Mexico and 60 other markets worldwide embracing the compact SUV sector.

“Chevrolet Trax is a good fit for young families who need more space than their compact car offers, yet still has the high fuel economy they have come to expect from a small sedan,” says Jackie Bell, Internet director for Phillips Chevrolet in Lancing. “Trax available all-wheel drive will be a big benefit in our region.”

The five occupant 2015 Chevrolet Trax comes in base LS, LT and LTZ trim levels to blend small car agility with SUV capability for up to 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space when the 60/40-split rear seats are folded flat.

Utility is extended further when the front passenger seatback is collapsed to transport items up to eight feet long - all contained within the cabin and with the rear hatch lid closed.

Up front, Trax carries a distinctive dual-cockpit instrument panel separated by a seven-inch high-resolution touch-screen color display for its standard MyLink voice-activated infotainment system.

It also displays a real-time image for Trax standard rearview camera and available satellite radio and navigation system. Rear park assist is optional.

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax will be the first in its class to offer Siri Eyes Free to accommodate iPhone iOS-6 and iOS-7 users with voice connectivity and hands free control of devices.

Trax provides an available Wi-Fi hotspot that allows passengers to couple multiple personal devices such as smartphones, laptops and tables to high-speed wireless Internet when paired to Chevrolet’s OnStar 4G LTE connection.

Convenient storage compartments are positioned throughout the passenger quarters including a hidden drawer under the front passenger seat and storage bins under the rear load floor.

TURBO PERFORMANCE

The front-drive 2015 Chevrolet Trax is powered by an Ecotec 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that builds 138 horsepower governed by an efficient six-speed automatic transmission to yield fuel economy of 26 miles per gallon in town and 34 mpg on the highway.

Trax all-wheel drive (AWD) seamlessly shifts power to the rear wheels when needed for better traction and handling.

I recently tested a pre-production 2015 Chevrolet Trax equipped with AWD across rain-slick back roads that surround the rural hamlet of Monticello, New York.

Ride quality across imperfect blacktop is exceptional with no coarseness felt through the steering wheel courtesy of a compliant suspension that utilizes coil springs and a large stabilizer bar.

Noise-damping urethane spring isolators improve ride and at the same time reduces sounds into the cabin.

Engine growl under throttle is equally dampened for a pleasant cabin environment that conveys normal conversation levels between front and back seat riders.

A 100.6-inch wheelbase and 60.6-inch wide stance adds to the cruising comfort for a very favorable first impression.

Price for the 2015 Chevrolet Trax will be announced closer to the start of production.

PHOTO CREDIT – Jim Jackson/The Times Media Co.

CUTLINE – The 2015 Chevrolet Trax on display at this year’s New York Auto Show reflects Chevrolet’s signature design cues across the brand’s crossover and small car lineup.

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