Click on the photo of the Trax concept for a gallery of high-res shots
Of the three GM triplets unveiled in New York today, the Chevy Trax concept goes for the most utilitarian look with a matte-finished lower body (a la the Honda Element), faux skid plates and pronounced fender flares. The 1.0L gas engine provides motivation to the front wheels, while a battery pack and electric motor will drive the rears on an as-needed basis providing a low-cost, efficient all-wheel drive system to this urban cross-over. Unfortunately, like the Groove, this concept also has no interior, but the well finished exterior has a lot of attractive design details for an entry-level vehicle.
What little information is available at this point can be gleaned from the press release after the jump. Many high-res detail shots of the exterior have been added to our gallery, and you can watch the unveiling on video after the jump.
You can view all the debuts and galleries from the New York Auto Show here.
[Source: General Motors]
CHEVROLET TRAX: URBAN CROSSOVER
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 minicar 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."