The all-new 2015 Chevrolet Trax is a city-smart SUV. It’s a small SUV but not just any small SUV. It’s a Smart Urban Vehicle – a new kind of SUV that is designed especially for your city life.
Imagine the perfect 21st century city vehicle. It would be small enough to fit into that tight parking spot, yet roomy enough to carry your friends, and all your stuff. It would also have a raised ride height to let you see around traffic, plus a bit of off-roading when needed. And its modest fuel and maintenance requirementa would leave plenty of money in your bank account. And while the price tag would be affordable, this vehicle wouldn’t skimp on simply must-have technology like Bluetooth or smartphone integration features.
So while the sculpted look, swept-back headlights, chrome accents and the strong dual-port grille may turn other heads, it is the range of technological delights on the dashboard that will really excite you. In today’s connected world, it’s nearly impossible to function without our favorite devices, apps and social media platforms. With the Chevrolet MyLink system, you don’t have to. Connect your smart phone to your Trax via Bluetooth or USB and you can make calls, send texts, listen to music, plus access available navigation and other apps, all using the Chevrolet MyLink 7-inch diagonal colour touch-screen. Other very useful features you may not expect from such a reasonably priced car include remote start, rearview camera, and rear parking sensors.
The Trax is a breeze to drive, gives you a good vision of the road and is very manoeuvrable. Its light power steering provides ample feedback, and this little crossover SUV remains composed even on bumpy roads. It does a good job of shielding its occupants from bumps and uneven surfaces.
Both driver and passengers will appreciate the generous interior space. The Trax is short, but it’s tall and relatively wide.
The significant safety systems that Chevrolet has built into this car are the same as on its larger cars. So even while saving money you are still able to enjoy peace of mind on our crowded roads.
ENGINE 1.8 litres, four cylinders in-line, four valves per cylinder, ECOTEC with direct fuel injection.
MAX POWER 138 hp @ 4,900 rpm
MAX TORQUE 148 lb-ft @ 1,850 rpm
DRIVELINE Six-speed automatic transmission, with manual driver shift control; All-Wheel-Drive (AWD).
EXTERIOR This is the popular new shape that is now fashionable – the small SUV. The attractive Trax fits it perfectly with its dynamic yet practical shape; strong-looking face with the latest Chevrolet trademark grille; bulging wheel arches, large alloys and high ground clearance emphasise tough, go-anywhere capabilities.
INTERIOR Trax is a very well equipped car: Chevrolet’s MyLink with smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth, AUX and USB ports, 7-inch touchscreen display, reversing camera and double-stitched leather seats are just some of the stand-out features; good headroom, enough room for your friends and all the stuff you can’t live without; six-way power driver’s seat; the most storage areas in its class, including a two-tier glove box and an array of cubbies, consoles and cupholders.
SAFETY/SECURITY Extensive airbag protection; Stabilitrak electronic stability control system plus traction control; Anti-lock Braking (ABS) with front disc brakes; high-strength steel safety cage; rear vision camera.
Jaidah Automotive will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the latest Chevrolet Trax or any of its cars and SUVs for Marhaba readers. Call 8000 100.
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
Note: This article has been extracted from Marhaba’s Issue No 62 Spring/Summer 2015 from the ‘Motoring’ section. For more car reviews, pick up Marhaba’s Issue No 62 for only QR20 from the nearest hypermarket or bookstore to you.
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