If you're wondering why the name Trax sounds familiar, it's because we've heard it before. That's right, General Motors' chunky little crossover concept has blossomed into the production CUV you see here, and might we say, it's quite a handsome little thing.

Details about the new Trax are scarce, but since it looks to be based on the same high-riding platform derived from the Sonic that underpins the Buick Encore and Opel Mokka, so we'd expect the powertrains to simply carry over unchanged.

But know this: General Motors has no plans to offer the Trax in the United States, citing "the strong position of the Equinox" as the reason why it won't be offered Stateside. That's a shame, too. In our opinion, this baby Bowtie certainly makes more sense than the frumpy Buick Encore that doesn't really seem to fit with its brand. We suspect that Chevy dealers won't get this vehicle in part because GM wants to protect the Buick's positioning and price when it heads to U.S. dealers later this year.

The Trax will make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show in late September. For now, click the image above for a high-resolution version and scroll down to read GM's official release.
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Chevrolet Will Add New Small SUV to Global Lineup

Trax will debut at Paris Motor Show and be sold in more than 140 countries


DETROIT – The Chevrolet Trax, an all-new small sport utility vehicle, will join the Chevrolet global portfolio and make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.

With room for five passengers and class-leading cargo space, Trax will meet the needs of customers in more than 140 markets. Mexico will be the first market to launch the crossover in the fourth quarter of this year. Because of the strong position of the Equinox, there are no plans to introduce the Trax in the U.S. market.

"The Trax provides Chevrolet an entry into a growing small SUV segment and delivers the flexibility, great fuel economy and car-like handling that urban explorers around the world require," said Mary Barra, GM senior vice president of Product Development. "After a record sales year in 2011 and a record first quarter, Chevrolet continues to meet customer needs by expanding its portfolio with strong new entries."

Chevrolet has recently introduced a new Malibu mid-sized sedan, Colorado pickup, TrailBlazer mid-sized SUV and Cruze station wagon. When it joins its siblings in the showroom, Trax will possess the same pioneering spirit and expressive design that defines each new Chevrolet.

Trax exhibits its SUV toughness and capability in a small package through a muscular exterior design and wide athletic stance. While its contemporary form evolves the global Chevrolet design aesthetic, Trax's interior and details will be executed to standards usually found in more expensive vehicles.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      Chicken Farmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Maybe GM is learning something. Flooding the market with competing vehicles within the same company is not smart. I'm so glad that they didn't glue Tupperware all over it and sell it as a Pontiac.
      l9t8z
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is a really attractive design and seems so much more appropriate for this pint size CUV than the luxury duds on the Encore, and more appropriate for the US market. Leave the Encore to China and give the US this one. Ive kinda long thought that Buick and GMC shoulda got the boot as well back when GM was cleaning house. Funnel all the money into a full Chevy line-up and a full Cadillac line up. The mid-lux positions Buick and GMC serve could be handled as trim designations on Chevys . Then the internal competing would be a non-issue. Ford, Honda and Nissan all do it just fine with 1 core brand and luxury brand. Even massively downsized it seems like GM has too many brands of itself.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @l9t8z
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      design eye
      • 2 Years Ago
      I heard it'll be sold in Canada and Mexico, but not in the US. Apparently it got very bad marks at clinic for it's styling.
      tmachine2
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like the Chevy Equinox. No biggie. The Equinox is always in the top 20 most sold vehicles.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      People used to complain that GM did too much rebadging. Perhaps GM wants to avoid that now.
      Kai F. Lahmann
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not bringing a compact SUV because it could cannibalize a mid-size SUV is a very interesting argument – and even more strange, if we compare this with Ford, who has not only these two (Escape and Edge) but also one in between (the Explorer). And these three together sell about 2.5 times more than the Chevrolet Equinox…
        Kai F. Lahmann
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kai F. Lahmann
        Addition: It's quite obvious, they fear a cannibalization of the Buick Encore – only strange, why this is no reason to keep the model of the European market, where the same model as the Buick exists as Opel Mokka or Vauxhaul Mokka...
      Thomas
      • 2 Years Ago
      It is coming to Canada so if anyone in the US really wants one you'll just have to go north of the border to get one. Here is the link to the Chevrolet Canada website where it is on the upcoming vehicles page: http://www.gm.ca/gm/english/vehicles/chevrolet/trax/feature-2013-Chevrolet-Trax
      mkhgmh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Correction to previous post " $40,000 to purchase" Sorry
      mrbrian2334
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks very GMC. I could the Acadia's new grill transplanting pretty easily onto this.
        T. M.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mrbrian2334
        If you remember GMC had something very similar, the Granite, that was suppose to hit the market in the fall, but the project has now been axed.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @T. M.
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      Claud
      • 2 Years Ago
      I sometimes wonder about the sanity of GM............with these kind of decisions it's no surprise that GM had to declare bankruptcy..............................?!?!?!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Claud
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      mkhgmh
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am amazed at how little most of the commentators "do not know about the Volt" THE BATTERIES REQUIRE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF POWER AND METALS TO CREATE. THE BATTERIES NEED A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF ELECTRICITY TO RECHARGE TO ONLY BE ABLE TO DRIVE 35-40 MILES BEFORE RECHARGING...ELECTRICITY IS NOT FREE..THE BATTERIES ARE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO REPLACE AFTER A SET NUMBER OF YEARS . THE CAR IS A ECOLOGICAL PIG NO MATTER WHAT SHADE OF LIPSTICK YOU PUT ON IT .The car is not green..it is a very negative vehicle, and at $49 k to purchase you could buy 15-20 good used vehicles that are about 10 years old with 5-10 more years to go.....
      flagag
      • 2 Years Ago
      what about all the cars in europe that can get over 65 mpg? none being offered in the usa
        BBLateModel04
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flagag
        Its a safety thing... Most cars in Europe don't follow the safety standards the USA auto manufactures are forced to follow. Its better and cheaper for us in the USA to send our safe automobiles to their country and share our knowledge on how a safely built vehicle should be built. Saves us a lot of time in the test dummy department. ; ) ; )
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