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2012-08-14 15:22

PETITE SUV: The smallest SUV yet for the Chevrolet badge will officially be shown at the Paris auto show.

Chevrolet’s new Trax SUV will officially join the automaker’s portfolio when it makes its world premiere at the Paris auto show.

The new baby SUV is a sister-model to Opel’s Mokka (which is not sold in South Africa) and GM said its new Trax would be sold in 140 global markets. The subsidiary earlier said the new SUV was “under consideration” for sale in South Africa, where it will slot beneath the Captiva.


Mary Barra, GM senior vice president of product development said: “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.”

Measuring 4248mm long, it rides on a 2555-mm wheelbase and has seating for five occupants and, what the automaker said is, “class-leading cargo space”. It will also, GM said, “deliver car-like handling … and off-road capability when needed” through its on-demand all-wheel drive system.

The engine line-up will include a 1.4-litre turbo petrol, a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.7-litre turbodiesel engine – none of which are unfamiliar to South Africans. Six speed manual and automatic transmissions will be offered in the range.

GM also promises an array of clever new technology including MyLink, an infotainment system that projects information from the driver’s smartphone onto a seven-inch, full colour touch-screen display.

Safety systems include six airbags, electronic stability control, anti-locking brakes, trailer stability assist and hill descent control.

The Chevrolet Trax will be debuted at the Paris auto show on September 27, 2012. 

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