Pricing for the latest Trax will start at $23,699, including shipping. It will be available in five trims: LS, 1RS, LT, 2RS and ACTIV. Pricing for the other four have not been announced in Canada.
Chevrolet anticipates $5,000 will separate the average transaction prices of the 2024 Trax and Trailblazer.
The brand will field just one car for the 2023 model year — the Malibu midsize. It is set to be discontinued by 2026. By adding another economical option below the Trailblazer that Malibu and other car customers can turn to when it’s time to trade, Chevrolet hopes the Trax helps keep customers in the brand, especially as new-vehicle prices soar.
The new Trax features a 1.2-litre turbocharged inline-three engine generating 137 hp and 162 pound-feet of torque mated with a six-speed transmission, putting it on par with the Trailblazer.
FWD VS. AWD
Unlike the Trailblazer, however, it will not offer all-wheel drive — an option on previous Trax models.
Steve Majoros, vice president of marketing for Chevrolet, said the omission of awd will not hinder sales or alter market share. Seventy per cent of Trax buyers traditionally opt for front-wheel drive.
“If someone wants an all-wheel-drive, we’ve got the Trailblazer available,” Majoros said. “We successfully sold front-wheel-drive variants, and we think we can do the same thing here.”
The 2024 Trax will come with Chevy Safety Assist, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with a standard 8-inch or optional 11-inch screen, depending on the variant purchased.
Five trims — LS, 1RS, LT, the sporty 2RS and Activ — will be offered, with options including LED headlamps; 17-, 18- or 19-inch wheels; four-wheel disc brakes; and active noise cancellation. Extra features on most trims include push-button start, automatic climate control and wireless phone charging. Chevrolet says cruise control is standard equipment on all models, with adaptive cruise control available on some trims, a first for the Trax.
Chevrolet is pitching the Trax as a roomier, wider version of the Trailblazer — one that can hold more cargo and people — at a lower price.
It is 4 inches lower and 2 inches wider than the outgoing 2022 Trax. The wheelbase is 6 inches longer, with an interior that is 11 inches longer and 2 inches wider. The bigger footprint provides an extra 3 inches of rear legroom and nearly 12 per cent more cargo capacity, while providing what Chevrolet calls “more composed ride and handling characteristics.”