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Trax fuses modern design and Chevrolet SUV DNA

by General Motors Sub-Saharan Africa
28 Aug 2013 at 11:59hrs | Views
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General Motors has announced the launch of the Chevrolet Trax, a 1.8 Litre SUV, to key left hand drive markets in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Conveying muscularity, athletic agility and movement, the Trax embodies the latest example of Chevrolet's expressive design vocabulary. At 4.2 m long, 1.7 m wide and 1.6 m high, the brand's new entry in the SUV B segment projects a well-planted, confident stance.
Featuring high seating positions and a rugged exterior design, Trax boasts two key elements buyers look for in an SUV.

"Collaboration between our global design and engineering teams was vital to creating the Trax, which stands apart from the competition while remaining true to the Chevrolet brand," said Ken Parkinson, executive director of Chevrolet Global Design. "The result is a strong and daring small SUV with a distinctive shape and road presence unlike anything else in the market."

Up front, a dual port grille instantly identifies the all-new Trax as a member of the Chevrolet family. The Chevrolet bowtie is center-positioned and sculpted into the cross bar separating the upper and lower grille ports. Further highlights that define Trax' front appearance are the hood surface with its subtle centerline crease as well as the carefully executed dual parabola halogen headlamps and lower outboard positioned fog lamps.

Viewed in profile, Trax' pronounced wheel arches provide visual strength and presence. There is a good deal of surface muscle that flows from the A-pillars, down into the outboard hood lines, then into the front fenders. A similar kind of finishing can be seen in how the C-pillar transitions into the rear quarters. Trax has very muscular rear haunches.

"The face of Trax is un-mistakably Chevrolet with its prominent dual port grille and Chevrolet bowtie, framed by jeweled, precise lamp details front and rear", said Parkinson.  "Trax' body side conveys an athletic agility and movement in line and surface, while the bold, powerful flares, and wheels at the corners give Trax great stance."  

The design and engineering teams ensured Trax is aerodynamically refined. Its raked windscreen, sculpted bodywork, rearward-swept roofline and rear spoiler help reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency. From the rear, the Trax tail lamp treatment and skid plate (on upper trims) give a nod to Chevrolet's SUV heritage and pedigree. The rear spoiler incorporates an LED center high mounted stop light.

Customers will have a choice of nine exteriors colors. The wheel offerings feature Chevrolet's traditional five-spoke design. They are 16 inch size and made of steel for LS and cast aluminum for LT with an 18 inch cast aluminum available as an option.

Interior offers sporty ambiance and versatility

Flowing lines, modern design cues and a well-organized cabin characterize the interior of the Chevrolet Trax. The warm, sporty ambiance felt in the signature Chevrolet dual cockpit benefits from ice blue backlighting in the instrument cluster and on various control interfaces and knobs.

Consisting of a traditional circular shaped analogue tachometer to the left and a liquid crystal digital speedometer display to the right, the instrument cluster conveniently shows critical information in two formats.

The color of the seats comes in Jet Black with Medium Titanium. Depending on the specification, the seats are made of fabric with leatherette available as an option for LT.

Up to eight seating configurations can be chosen from. Head room is 1005 mm (rear seats: 985 mm) while front and rear leg room is 1,037/908 mm and shoulder room 1,374/1,340 mm.

Storage amenities are plentiful and versatile in the Trax. Its loading space can be extended to accommodate a maximum of 1370L; further space can be made available under the cargo floor. In addition to a 60/40 split rear seat, upper specifications of the Trax have a front passenger seat that can be folded flat, offering additional flexibility for objects of up to 2.3 m length.

A host of storage compartments includes an available under-seat storage tray and two glove boxes, one of which in the LT model contains outlets for USB and auxiliary devices that enable discrete connectivity for iPods, smart phones, and other electronic devices.  Bottles can be placed in the cup holders in the center console, the rear armrest and in dedicated stowage spaces in the doors.

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Source - General Motors Sub-Saharan Africa