If it is a segment, that has the wind in its sails, it is that crossovers and in particular the urban models. Just months after the arrival of his cousin, the Opel Mokka Chevrolet intends also use this windfall to continue to progress in our country with its Trax.
What is this car? Urban SUV is he for builders a new vein? We must believe because, while Nissan reigned alone on this segment he created with his Juke quirky look at the Japanese faces little competition from which continues to strengthen: Mini Countryman, Opel Mokka, cousin of the Chevrolet Trax Trax with which the sharing platform, running gear and engines as well as the French Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur, not to mention the Ford EcoSport will happen soon.
For the U.S., the inventor of Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) with the Suburban in 1935, the Trax is to “extend the range” explains Fabien Recoque, sales manager who said that the brand has launched 15 new models in three years with the Spark and Captiva restyled and the Corvette Stingray this year.
Chevrolet expects sales of urban crossovers expected to almost double by 2018 in Europe. Under these conditions, the Trax is an essential link for the firm bow tie that will continue its steady growth for 6 years. In 2012, in a market down 13.9%, Chevrolet, with 24,747 registrations, or 1.3% of market share, progressed by 4.4%.
Chevrolet Trax 4×4 130 hp 1.7 VCDi LT + finishing and costs € 23 290 and 140 hp 1.4T 4×4 LT + finishing and costs € 23,290.
Obviously, it seems puny compared to the Trax SUV huge acclaimed as the other side of the Atlantic. Nevertheless, it is impressive despite its size more in line with European standard,
Larger than the Renault Captur (4.12 m), Nisssan Juke (4.13 m) and the Peugeot 2008 (4.16 m), it is also one, that seems the most massive of the four. Its double-decker grille adorned the bow tie is obviously for many and this front, very close to Captiva, gives the impression of being in front of a squat model for even more generous dimensions.
Underbody protection for front and rear wings and sills, muscular wheel arches, the Trax course takes all codes vehicles fighters.
Kinship with the Opel Mokka is not reflected in the cockpit by any likeness. Even if we find the typical driving GM, the dashboard is very specific and is similar to that of the Cruze . I just would so reserve on Black Wedding / brown not very attractive in this dashboard and door against. A light beige or a contrasting color would probably be more flattering. Ah tastes and colors!
The trunk has 356 liters, a lower volume Renault Captur yet shorter (377 l). Once the seats folded, it is, this time, larger (1,370 against the 1,235 liters for the French) and is capable of transporting objects measuring 2.30 m long.
Start with the diesel engine. No choice in the range since the Trax gives only one alternative, namely one block fuel diesel with 130 hp. No surprises on the performance. Apart from some lazy at low revs, the original four-cylinder Isuzu, with a torque of 300 Nm, remained brisk enough to revive the 1429 kg of the machine. When cold, it shows extremely noisy, particularly in charge. Do not worry, I told myself, this is an inherent defect in almost all engines running on heavy oil. Problem, the agricultural sound very present in the cockpit as the wind noise that will also put on fast track, continues once reached optimum temperature to the point that I feel like a good old big oil atmospheric ’80s under the hood. Nostalgic monograms D, GLD and GRD adorning the trunks of the Peugeot 505, this is for you!
It makes you wonder, if the name of the SUV does not come from the Arte Tracks program that has a strong focus on amplified music, which to some ears, that are sound and fury. At Chevrolet, it says that they are pre-series and it will be known inconvenience of course better controlled for production models. But hard to believe …
Unless you are hard of hearing or want absolutely fatten a seller Audika as hearing aids, we prefer the 1.4 Turbo gasoline brings more than silence. On the one hand, the Trax wins slightly more dynamic and secondly, while the Stop & Start showed capricious, diesel, its operation was more effective.
In all cases, the U.S. has a flawless performance and a comfort, Trax surprises on this last point when borrows stony paths. Featuring a 4×4 transmission sends torque to the rear wheels when grip is lost, it was important not to expect any real ability of crossing. Ground clearance barely larger than a city and leading and trailing angles just enough to allow off-road escapades. But its all-wheel drive will be of great help during the snowfall. However, we appreciate the help hill start (HSA) and the speed limiter down (HDC).
Budget and Ecological Balance.
Shame that this finish LT + could be associated with all-wheel drive, as true to the philosophy of Chevrolet, the equipment turns full. Except that air conditioning is not automatic, the only real fault, it has 18 “wheels, electric rear windows, cruise control, automatic ignition of lights, steering wheel controls, a rearview camera system and MyLink multimedia. latter, available from level LT finish deserves to linger for its various functions. Firstly, although the CD is gone , he can listen to music tracks from its library, watch photos or video content in its mobile via USB socket in the upper glove box. Secondly, you can use Bluetooth for phone calls or music while the touch screen 7 “serves up camera . Until then nothing really revolutionary.
However, the novelty lies in the applications running on iOS or Android that can be downloaded from its smartphone. For example, Stitcher (free) lets you listen to podcasts and TuneIn (free) provides access to 70,000 stations. Even the navigation is performed by BringGo apps. Costing € 49.99 (or € 69.99 with updates), this GPS Europe also delivers traffic information in real time. To take advantage of these features, so it should, first, must have a smartphone and secondo, to never forget under penalty of having to ask his way. Similarly, what if the Trax is the only family vehicle and is used by several people? In this case, you must either pay the mobile with this application or BringGo well then download another mobile and therefore pay a second time.
Finally note the presence of Apple Siri allows iPhone owners (if you have a Samsung Galaxy, too bad for you) to pass his phone calls, select a song, write a text message or ask a question to which the answer is often beside the point. I had all the trouble in the world to do this voice command system, that seems less efficient than Ford’s SYNC function. A check with a little more time to master it better to not draw hasty and definitive conclusion about it then.
Another highlight of Chevrolet: rates. On this point the Trax takes advantage of her cousin the Opel Mokka with a differential of about 1, 000 to € 2000 depending on the finish and engines. However, faced with the Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur with less powerful diesel engines (68 hp, 92 hp and 115 hp for the lioness and dCi 90 hp for the diamond) and cheaper, the mission is more complicated. Still, the model bowtie is available with all-wheel drive and that equivalent price, simple traction Trax offers more power and more equipment.
Finish with consumption. Obtained with the 6.6 diesel (129 g CO2) and 8.6 l (6.6 l really cushy rolling and approaching 10 on the highway) with the essence which is punishable by a penalty of € 400 (149 g of CO2). Again, Chevrolet is distinguished by taking charge. Nice.
With its massive and muscular look, the Trax is a kind of summary of the huge SUV Yankee. A little taste of America as Chevrolet transposes on the Old Continent using recipes that make the success of the brand in us a fee associated with a content rich endowment. We have just enjoyed the decibel releases the diesel engine does not cross the Atlantic.
- Full equipment
- Yankee Style
- 1.4 petrol engine pleasant
- Diesel extremely sound
- No small diesel
- Engine 1.4 T 140 hp gasoline only available in 4×4
- Finish necessarily LT + 4×4
- Android MyLink associated with a single mobile