The latest Chevrolet Trax is a leading contender in the fast-growing segment of compact crossovers aimed at young city-dwelling professionals. These vehicles combine a slightly higher riding position for better outward visibility with a smaller footprint for easier urban manoeuverability and parking. And in this age of rising petrol prices, you’ll appreciate the low fuel consumption of the Trax.
There’s something quite attractive about the new 2017 Chevrolet Trax. Maybe it’s the smile in its newly redesigned grille and headlights which now show a family resemblance with other Chevy cars like the Cruze and Malibu. In addition, the 2017 interior has been thoroughly updated with a new, and also very attractive, instrument panel with clear gauges and a wonderful 7-inch touchscreen.
But, more than better-looking, embedded in the dashboard is better technology. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are new to the Trax and provide quick and seamless integration of your smartphone into the vehicle’s entertainment and navigation systems.
Other additions to this year’s edition of the Trax include proximity triggered keyless entry and ignition and several new advanced safety features (including forward collision and rear cross-traffic alerts). And if the phone isn’t enough, 4G LTE Wi-Fi is now on the options list.
Chevrolet has made great strides in providing state-of-the-art safety features using the most modern technology. And where I really appreciated the advances was in the infotainment system. The dashboard looks really good (especially at night!), it was the quickest to connect with my iPhone and I was immediately listening to my own library of music and podcasts, quicker, smoother and more trouble-free than many other types I have driven.
Driving in town or on the open road in the All-Wheel-Drive Trax is a breeze, helped by a commanding driving position and panoramic view. And it’s made more restful with the bright luxury of Chevrolet’s really modern and responsive dials, gauges and touchscreen infotainment system.
Engine: 1.8 litre, four cylinder DOHC Ecotec engine with Variable Valve Timing (VVT)
Max Power: 140 hp (105 kW) @ 6,300 rpm
Max Torque: 125 lb-ft (170 Nm) @ 3,800 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic, all-wheel drive
Exterior: Redesigned signature dual-port front grille, and halogen headlights with LED accents as well as a revised rear fascia, taillights; dual foglamps; daytime running lights; 18″ alloy wheels; sculpted looks give Trax the appeal of an SUV
Interior: Beautiful two-tone interior trim; power adjustable seats; colourful dashboard and instrument cluster; clear, bright and responsive centre stack touchscreen gains new infotainment system including 4G LTE, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto; wonderfully sharp seven-inch screen; keyless entry and push-button start
Safety/Security: New active safety technology available include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning; all models come with 10 airbags and a standard rearview camera; SRS airbags give front and head side-impact protection; four-wheel disc brakes; electronic stability control; traction control system; Anti-lock Braking System; Brake Assist; hill start assist; front and rear park assist; immobiliser; anti-theft alarm
Get to Know More
Have you seen the new Chevrolet showroom at Jaidah Square on Airport Street, almost opposite Crowne Plaza Doha. There’s a Jarir Bookstore next to it and the Chevrolet showroom is modern, spacious and bright. Staff there will be happy to fill you in on the great deals available and the after sales support is excellent. Jaidah Automotive will be pleased to arrange a test drive of the new 2017 Chevrolet Trax or any of its wide range of stylish and smooth sedans and strong and sturdy SUVs for you. Call 4463 8788, or toll-free 8000100 and there’s more information on website jaidahautomotive.com
Author: Terry Sutcliffe
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