Chicago 2016 Preview: Refreshed Chevrolet Trax gets early reveal

Chicago 2016 Preview: Refreshed Chevrolet Trax gets early reveal image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Chevrolet | posted February 11, 2016 10:26

Chevrolet Trax gets a facelift and new interior tech for 2017

Four years after its global debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, Chevrolet gives their compact crossover a redesign for 2017, along with the addition of new safety and cabin amenities.

Starting with its exterior, the 2017 Trax gets a new face. The dual grill design has been kept though gets a slight revamp. The squared headlights, on the other hand, have been replaced with new wraparound units with integrated daytime running lights (DRLs). Completing it all are new fog light bezels and a tweaked air dam.

Rear quarter of the 2017 Chevrolet Trax

The side relatively carries over from the pre-facelift model though it gets a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels and reshaped doors. The rear also pretty much retains its pre-facelift look apart from the updated combination taillights, larger reflectors and smaller diffuser.

The revisions also made their way aboard the 2017 Trax. Chevrolet did away with the motorcycle-inspired instrument panel and replaced it with a more traditional dual gauge cluster. It does however get a multi-information display. The redesigned center console has a new 7-inch touchscreen infotainment that supports MyLink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE and wi-fi hotspot. Also worth noting are the redone aircon vents.

Inside the 2017 Chevrolet Trax

Delivering power to the front wheels is the carried-over 1.4-liter turbocharged EcoTec inline-four that is mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. It still produces 140 PS at 4900-6000 rpm along with 200 Nm of torque available between 1850-4900 rpm.

Safety features and amenities installed on the US-spec 2017 Trax include: Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning, ten airbags and a reverse camera. In addition, LS models get halogen reflectors as standard while higher-spec variants like the LT and Premier get halogen projector headlights.

It will be making its official debut at the 2016 Chicago Motor Show on February 13, 2016.