Though the runabout-crossover known as the Chevrolet Trax debuted in the interwebs in May, Paris was our first opportunity to see for ourselves the CUV that the U.S. will not get. Riding on the same platform that underpins the Buick Encore and derived from the Sonic subcompact, the Trax is just the latest entrant to join the cute-ute craze currently going on in Europe.

The Trax is available with one of three engines, starting with a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline four cylinder delivering 140 horsepower and 149 pound-feet of torque. Also available is a 1.6-liter gas engine and a 1.7-liter turbodiesel inline four. Though little information is given on the naturally aspirated 1.6-liter mill, the turbodiesel is rated at a "that's-more-like-it" 130 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque.

Both the 1.4-liter turbo and the 1.7-liter diesel are available with a six-speed manual transmission that comes with stop-start. All-wheel drive is optional, though it isn't immediately clear if it's available in all engine and transmission configurations.

Uprated trims will get Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, operable through a seven-inch color touchscreen. A navigation app will be available for this setup in early 2013, much like the system that will be available on the Spark. With rear seats folded flat, the Trax provides 48 cubic feet of cargo space.

No word yet on pricing or availability from Chevrolet. All we know is, it won't be sold in the States, and that strikes us as something of a missed opportunity. After all, there would appear to be a lot of space under the larger Equinox CUV at Chevy dealers, and the vehicle's dimensions and humble powerplants seem a lot more in-tune with the Bowtie brand than the Encore does with Buick's upwardly mobile intentions.

Scroll down to watch a video of the Trax in motion and to view the official press release.




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Chevrolet at the Paris Motor Show

World debut of the Chevrolet Trax small SUV

Chevrolet Spark features new styling and comfort upgrades

Orlando to be offered with 1.4L turbo gasoline engine

Cruze station wagon and diesel-powered Malibu now available

Youth Concepts Code 130R and Tru 140S on stand


An exciting world premiere, the all-new Chevrolet Trax, a freshly styled edition of the popular Spark mini-car, and a unique ambiance characterize Chevrolet's presence at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

The main attraction is the Chevrolet Trax, which makes its world debut. As of spring 2013, Chevrolet's first entry to the fast-growing small SUV segment will round out Chevrolet's offer of capable SUVs alongside the seven-seater Captiva. Visitors also get to see the newly styled 2013 model year Spark and Chevrolet's two Youth Concepts, Code 130R and Tru140S.

Located in Hall 5.2 and covering an area of 2014 square meters, the Chevrolet stand is bound to captivate football enthusiasts in particular at this year's edition of the Paris Motor Show. In the Manchester United Fan Zone, they can have their photo taken sitting in one of Manchester United's Old Trafford dugout seats with the Chevrolet bowtie logo. On top of that, a Manchester United-themed edition of the Trax delivers a powerful interpretation of Chevrolet's recently launched football sponsoring initiatives.

Chevrolet Trax

Trax is a modern, highly versatile yet fuel-efficient small SUV, offering car-like handling and all-wheel drive. It will energize the segment with its inspired styling, a choice of three fuel-efficient engines and sporty, responsive ride characteristics.

The engine line-up will include a 1.4L turbocharged gasoline unit, a 1.6L gasoline engine as well as a 1.7L turbo-diesel engine. The 1.4L turbo gasoline engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, cranks out 140 hp (103 kW) and produces a maximum torque of 200 Nm. The AWD system is available on variants that come with the 1.4L turbo gasoline or the 1.7L diesel engine.

The 1.7L diesel engine will deliver a power output of 130 hp (96 kW) and a maximum torque of 300 Nm. All powertrains with manual transmission come with Start/Stop functionality. Both the 1.7L diesel and the 1.4L turbo gasoline engine will also be offered with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Trax' loading space can accommodate a maximum of 1370L. In addition to a 60/40 split rear seat, Trax boasts a front passenger seat which can be folded flat, offering additional flexibility in the segment. A total of eight seating combinations can be selected.

Upper trims will be equipped with Chevrolet MyLink as standard. Chevrolet MyLink is an infotainment system that aggregates content from smartphones onto a seven-inch, high resolution, full color touch-screen display. A dedicated navigation app which can be downloaded onto compatible smartphones will become available early next year. It will project the route from the smartphone onto the system's touch-screen*.

A fresh spark of inspiration

A redesigned dual-port grille and front bumper as well as reshaped head lamp covers and fog lamps combine to give Chevrolet's popular mini-car a fresh new face. Spark also features restyled 14 and 15-inch alloy wheels that accentuate its sportier, more grown-up stance.

At the rear, the center high-mounted LED stop lamp has been integrated into the spoiler above the window, resulting in improved rear visibility for the driver. Modifications carried out inside include new decor elements as well as a remodeled center console with enhanced storage.

Orlando goes turbo

Buyers of the Orlando will appreciate the punch of a 1.4L turbo gasoline engine which will complement the 1.8L gasoline and 2.0L diesel engines already on offer. This new unit has a power output of 140 hp (103 kW) and delivers a maximum torque of 200 Nm at 1,850~4,900 rpm.

It comes with standard Start/Stop functionality and a six-speed manual transmission. Average fuel consumption is 6.2L /100 km on a combined cycle. Thanks to the incorporation of Electric Power Steering (EPS) and Start/Stop functionality, the two proven variants of Orlando's 2.0L diesel engine will become more fuel-efficient in a number of markets, with fuel savings of up to 11 percent on a combined cycle*.

Further features that are a novelty on the model year 2013 Orlando include an available rear view camera and a front passenger seat that can be folded flat.

Cruze station wagon and Malibu diesel now available

With the arrival of the Cruze station wagon at dealer showrooms across Europe, Chevrolet is offering a compact car that will particularly appeal to families and individuals with an active lifestyle. The station wagon, which complements the popular sedan and hatchback variants, is capable of accommodating up to 1,478 liters in its load space.

The powertrain offer comprises a 1.4L turbo gasoline and a 1.7L diesel as well as an upgraded 2.0L diesel engine, in addition to the nameplate's proven 1.6L and 1.8L gasoline engines. The 1.7L diesel is the most frugal of Cruze's engines, requiring just 4.5L/100 km.

Malibu is Chevrolet's new flagship in Europe and stands out through its American style, roominess and five-star EuroNCAP safety. A diesel-powered variant of this midsized sedan can now be purchased at European dealerships.

This reliable and powerful engine delivers a maximum output of 160 hp at 4,000 rpm, and 350 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. Zero to 100 km/h is 9.75 s for the manual transmission variant, with a top speed of 213 km/h.

Chevrolet Youth Concepts

Since their world premiere at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chevrolet's two Youth Concepts, Code 130R and Tru 140S, have graced several major shows with their stylish presence, including Washington, Chicago, Geneva, New York and Beijing. The 2012 Paris Motor Show offers another opportunity for car fans to view these two remarkable concepts.

Code 130R and Tru 140S were designed by Nicholas David and Joe Baker from the GM North Hollywood Design Center, based on input from young people below the age of 30 across the United States. The two vehicles explore the styling and functionality this group of buyers indicated they would like to see in a new car.

A host of enthusiastic feedback on the two vehicles has been obtained from visitors to previous auto shows. In total, close to 16,000 interested individuals responded to a variety of survey questions.


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      eddiemearns
      • 2 Years Ago
      Even though it looks bigger it's based off the same platform as the Sonic. No reason for the overlap when you already have that and the Equinox. It's a very small window to fit between those two models. I would much rather see the Chevy Cruze Wagon here than a Trax.
      PiCASSO
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like this small SUV. I think the Buick version will be great with additional luxury.
      BB79826
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks fantastic from the side, scary from the front. Still, they should call it the Tracker and bring it stateside.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess they do not want to cannibalize Encore sales.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Uhm....how's about they throw the Voltec drive train in this thing....about the right size.... Naaaaa, am just talk in' crazy....
        Mike J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        New front end , new Interior, Voltec 2.0 power train with a diesel engine.....yeah I must be crazy also.
        Snark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        The Voltec battery pack is almost as long as this entire car.
      HgHevn
      • 2 Years Ago
      I can't get a perspective on the size but the shape of the vehicle looks very similar to my Pontiac Vibe which has been a great little vehicle and gas mileage 30 - 37 mpg - too bad GM didn't find a place for it in their lineup when they dropped Pontiac.
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @HgHevn
        From what I can tell it's taller, but has the same footprint.
          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          I like how one can get a downward thumb for saying something which, given available information, is largely accurate. GM says the Trax's dimensions are 4,248 mm in length, 1,776 mm in width and 1,674 mm in height. Vibe? Length 172.1 in (4,371 mm), AWD: 171.9 in (4,366 mm). Width 69.4 in (1,763 mm), Height Base: 60.9 in (1,547 mm), AWD: 62.7 in (1,593 mm), GT: 61.3 in (1,557 mm). So, the Trax is 10 mm wider, 200 some mm taller, and 150-some mm shorter in length. From the numbers I can gather, the wheelbase is also 2 inches shorter, or approx. 45 mms. So it's taller, but the footprint isn't that far off, it's just got a slightly shorter wheelbase with smaller overhangs.
        bootsnchaps60
        • 2 Years Ago
        @HgHevn
        Agreed, seemed like a nice ride, could've made a great Buick! Then we wouldn't be left to puzzle over the reason for the Encore.
      Sheila
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would love to see this car for sale in the US. Right now I have a Pontiac Vibe, which is no longer made. I am waiting for the Buick Encore because the size is similar, but the Trax would probably be less expensive.
      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      This would've done so much better in the US market than the Encore will. They brought the wrong one over.
      Cas
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since Europe demands cars that are high mileage per gallon of gas, I can only assume that this won't be released here because it is very fuel efficient. Until we are paying $8 per gallon, like the Europeans are, a car that is fuel efficient per European standards will never be available to us. : (
      Maribeth & Tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some Chevrolets are now made in China. We have outsourced Chevy, and they got a bail-out from me and you! President Obama allowed the outsourcing. Dinah Shore would roll oiver in her grave -"See the USA in a Chevrolet."
        Gordon Chen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maribeth & Tom
        Mind if you clarify which Chevy models? Enlighten me.
          Synthono
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gordon Chen
          No Chevy models sold in the United States are built in China. Some Chevy models sold in China are built in China, as are some Chinese-market Buicks, but these are for Chinese consumption only. There are Chevrolet models sold in North America which are built in other countries. The Spark is built in South Korea, as are the Canadian-market Orlando and this. I believe the Encore is also South Korea-sourced.
        shot1onnet
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maribeth & Tom
        Those are for the chinese market, made and sold there. Gm is getting some our money back from china by doing so. I would like to see them export more US built models to china but there government makes that very hard to do. If they start importing them to the US then that is another story.
          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @shot1onnet
          Money from sales in other countries really don't flow back to the US. International finances don't work that way.
        champ3x7
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maribeth & Tom
        It just hurts so much to see the word "president" in front of Obama. PLEASE don't do that again. ;-)
          stvhndyman
          • 2 Years Ago
          @champ3x7
          And you think Mitt will be better for you? Only if you are one of the "Rich". This Nov. we have two choices: A President that cannot get Congress to move, or A President that would eliminate the middle class in favor of the Rich. We have no choice, and haven't had a viable choice for years.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Maribeth & Tom
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      lonergan65
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never mind wanting ANY Chevy. Rented the Monte Carlo this summer. What a piece of junk!!! Cheap interior, handles just so-so. I don't know about reliability but I'll bet it hasn't changed all that much. GM still rules by committee. Guess they haven't looked in how the Japanese or Germans do it.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lonergan65
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        John Murphy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lonergan65
        Never saw a decent low maintenance import .. could never afford Honda maintenance.n They run for ever if you replace heads every 90,000 miles at 5 thousand dollars. I prefer to mis use and abuse a Chevy for 300 K.
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