A new compact crossover has entered the local market after The Covenant Car Company Inc. (TCCI), the official retailer of Chevy vehicles in the country, launched the all-new 2016 Trax last October 14 in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Combining both agility and all-around capability, Chevrolet described the Trax as a city-smart urban crossover that differentiates itself from the rest.

The rear of the Chevrolet Trax

Up front is Chevy's signature dual-port grill that is paired with dual headlights, low-slung bumper and shapely hood. Flared wheel arches and the large 18-inch alloy wheels dominate the side profile of the Trax. The rear on the other hand features wrap-around taillights, a distinct tailgate design and a roof-mounted spoiler.

Size-wise, the 2016 Trax measures 4,245mm long, 1,775mm wide, 1,670mm tall and has a 2,555mm wheelbase.

Inside, Chevrolet opted to give the crossover a sporty layout with the bonus of added versatility and functionality. It has a full touchscreen infotainment system, centrally-mounted climate controls, a motorbike-inspired instrument cluster and an array of strategically-placed storage bins.

Inside the Chevrolet Trax

In terms of amenities and creature comforts, the Trax has a reverse camera, automatic headlights, electronically-adjustable driver's seat, Bluetooth hands-free calling and the top-spec LT Trax features Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system.

Under the hood it is powered by a 1.4-liter EcoTec turbocharged inline-four. Displacing 1364cc, it pushes out 140 PS at 4900 - 6000 rpm along with 200 Nm of torque available between 1850 – 4900 rpm. It is then mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox that drives the front wheels and features a manual shift mode.

The engine of the Chevrolet Trax

Safety features that come as standard on the 2016 Trax include: anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability control, cornering brake control, hill descent control, park assist sensors, tire pressure monitoring system, panic brake assist and 6 airbags as such.

The 2016 Chevrolet Trax can be specified in 9 different colors; Summit White Solid, Snowflake White Pearl, Switchblade Silver, Carbon Flash Metallic, Boracay Blue Metallic, Orange Rock, Blaze Red Solid, Velvet Red and Liquor Brown.

Chevrolet PH executives and dealers

Sales and deliveries of the all-new Trax will commence by November.

Chevrolet Trax 1.4T 6AT FWD LS – PhP 998,000

Chevrolet Trax 1.4T 6AT FWD LT – PhP 1,218,000