New York Auto Show: Chevy Trax Concept

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We already got a preview of the Trax mini-cross-over concept last week from GM and now we get some more details. Chevrolet calls this one an urban cross-over that looks kind of a blend of Scion xB, Honda Element with a touch of the new Malibu in the nose. Two big round headlights flank the now standard Chevrolet grille, and the fenders and rocker panels get a matte finish to contrast with the brighter Blaze Orange body finish.

The Trax is motivated by a 1.0L engine that sends power to the front wheels. An electric motor with a battery pack combine with an electric limited slip differential at the rear axle that can provide on demand all wheel drive at low cost. Like the Beat concept the brake calipers are clearly visible through the 16 inch wheels and and painted in Flame Yellow on the Trax. The press release is after the jump.

[Source: General Motors]

NEW YORK – Active buyers who want to get in touch with their sportier side – or who just want to navigate the urban jungle in a sportier ride – will make tracks to the Chevrolet Trax, an urban front-wheel-drive crossover concept with a twist: This micro SUV has an electric limited-slip differential that features an independent battery pack and an electric motor to drive the rear wheels, providing a low-cost all-wheel-drive system.

The four-door Trax is bathed in a Blaze Orange exterior finish, with rugged Burnt Orange accents on the front and rear corners that reinforce the notion this Chevrolet is all business despite its small size. Simple door lines make getting in and out easier; and fold-flat rear seats add functionality.

Other features that suit its dynamic and off-road character include a voluminous, single-unit bumper and fender in front and rear, a pronounced front wheel arch shape, dynamic side character lines, a rear-mounted spare tire and roof rack. Brake calipers in Flame Yellow infuse additional attitude. The package rides on 16-inch wheels and Kumho tires for precise ride and handling.

The Trax is powered by a 1-liter gasoline engine.

"The Trax is a vehicle that you can show off anywhere, be it off-road or on the road," said Sangyeon Cho, manager of the min icar exterior design team at the GM Design Center in Inchon , South Korea . "It brings a rational combination of SUV design, function, performance and value to the consumer."

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