Chevrolet may be pulling out in big parts of Southeast Asia, but that doesn't seem to be the case in the Philippines. There might even be a new model on the way here soon, as there has been a recent development with regards to trademarks.
That name is the Tracker, and it could be Chevrolet Philippines' upcoming crossover. Of course, Chevrolet Philippines is mum on the matter, but the local registration of the name for intellectual property purposes could be a signal it will be launched here.
Here's the interesting bit: GM filed for the Tracker name in the Philippines on February 14. Yes, it's Valentine's, but what's more important is that it was 3 days before GM announced they were pulling out of Thailand. Coincidence? We think not.
Nevertheless, the Tracker is starting to replace the Trax as Chevrolet's subcompact (or B-segment) crossover. Should it make its way here, there is a possibility that it will be the successor of Trax locally, and serve as the smallest SUV-inspired vehicle Chevrolet Philippines has to offer. If there's any doubt about Chevrolet's future in the Philippines, the registration of the Tracker might just quell that.
The Tracker was introduced in China back in June 2019, and it rides on what's called the Global Emerging Market (GEM) platform. The GEM architecture will be used in models for Latin America and parts of Asia that still sell General Motors vehicles such as the Philippines. Furthermore, the GEM platform is already proving to be a success in Brazil with the Chevrolet Onix being that country's best-selling vehicle.
As for the Tracker itself, it measures in at 4,270 mm long, which puts it right up against the likes of the Suzuki Vitara, Kia Seltos, Hyundai Kona, and Nissan Kicks. It takes the downsized turbo engine route as it's powered by either a 1.0-liter or 1.3-liter mill, both of which are boosted and have three-cylinders. The 1.0-liter is good for 114 PS while the 1.3-liter makes 165 PS. Both shift through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Should Chevrolet bring the Tracker to the country, it will face some stiff competition. But Chevrolet Philippines must have an all-new subcompact crossover in their range as the Trax is no spring chicken. It must be priced competitively too if the Bowtie Brigade wants to see more sales here too.