In mid-May, General Motors announced it would bring the Chevrolet Trax to the Paris Motor Show this fall. The tiny crossover shares nearly everything with North America's Buick Encore and the previously revealed Opel/Vauxhall Mokka, but there's an important fourth variant we haven't heard about until today – one for Holden.

The General has now confirmed that the Trax will also be produced for its Australian outpost, with Holden's Director of Powertrain Engineering, Simon Cassin saying, "Holden is well recognised within the GM world for our expertise in engine and transmission calibration and we are very pleased to be involved in the development of this important vehicle."

The Holden Trax, which arrives in OZ next year, looks all but unchanged from the chunky cute ute version wearing a Bowtie. Judging by the newly released rendering shown above, everything from the headlamps to the side mirrors and fog lamp trim is unchanged. The only clear difference? Substituting the now-trademark split portal Chevrolet grille for a chrome-browed single frame unit wearing a prominent Holden badge.

GM's own data suggests that the small SUV segment continues to explode in Australia, just as it has here in North America, with sales up 57.3 percent year to date over 2011, and it's clearly aiming to take a piece of that growing pie with the new Trax.


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      ishmaelcrowley
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks better than the Encore to me. Wish they would bring it to US, but they wont.
      MyerShift
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait... This thing is smaller. Never mind. Styling is very familial!
      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't understand why GM can't bring this Trax thing over to the US. It would make a nice alternative to the Juke.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        [blocked]
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Because akerson is in charge and he's more focused on dissing Lincoln than making sure GM doesn't repeat 2008, which it is...
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Wait a min, IBx27...you're actually proposing that a dumpy, tiny crossover is so critical to GM's future that their failure to sell it here puts it at risk for bankruptcy? You're seriously proposing that?
        bauhaus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Because for now we get a Buick version of it, as the Encore. At first I assumed it was going to be a Chevy in markets outside the US (where it'll be a Buick), Europe (where it'll be an Opel/Vauxhall), and Australia (Holden) -- but introducing it in Paris makes me wonder. I don't know how GM sees the market distance between Chevy and Opel/Vauxhall in Europe, but maybe they see more "separation" there than between Chevy and Buick in the US.
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bauhaus
          I think they could position the Encore as the luxury counterpart of the Trax...the Trax could compete with the Juke while the Encore could compete with the Countryman.
          Kai F. Lahmann
          • 2 Years Ago
          @bauhaus
          The Buick Encore/Opel Mokka/Vauxhaul Mokka follows a similar concept but they have a clearly different look. While the Buick is really an egg, the Chevy is a lot more edgy.
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      is it me or are some GM products beginning to look like eggs?
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      Won't this compete pretty directly with the Chevrolet/Holden Captiva?
      AJ
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hate the way the encore looks. But this looks really nice.
      MyerShift
      • 2 Years Ago
      Equinox/Antara?
      Lennoxx Bllaze Wesst
      • 2 Years Ago
      Didn't Holden try and fail at this a decade ago with the gloriously unpopular Cruze. No, not that Cruze, this one: http://www.allcarpictures.com/pictures/holden/cruze/holden-cruze.jpg
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks quite chunky.
      Roman
      • 2 Years Ago
      How is this a luxury crossover, 1.4 litter engine is pathetic. I think Buick Encore looks great, and its truly small which is what I'm looking for, the only thing it needs is 6-cylinder engine and 200+hp. As now this thing prolly does 0-60 in 10+ seconds, I would be afraid to take it on the highways in NYC:).
      KelperFoxWolf
      • 2 Years Ago
      This European spec version looks so much better than the Chevrolet sibling, but yet still, it's still miles behind the Ford EcoSport.
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