The Chevrolet Trax may no longer be available in the Philippines. But in other markets like the US, the crossover has just received a new lease on life. Say hello to the 2024 Chevrolet Trax, and boy did it get a glow-up.
Now serving as the brand’s most affordable model (the Spark, Sonic, and Cruze are no longer offered in the US), the next-generation Trax looks more stylish than ever and gets a heap of new technologies and standard amenities.
Starting with its looks, readers might have noticed that the all-new Trax looks just like another Chevrolet that was revealed in China a few months ago. That’s because the new Trax is essentially the North American version of the Seeker which the bow-tie brand launched earlier in July over at the People’s Republic.
Thanks to its sleek new exterior, the Trax features a more aggressive and mature design than its predecessors. With its bold front grille, distinct LED daytime running lights and headlights, muscular rear arches, and boomerang-like LED taillights, the more sculpted lines of the new Trax give it an unmistakable look.
Further giving the crossover its sportier appearance is the sloping roofline, a dynamic beltline that runs the entire length of the vehicle, black body cladding, titanium chrome accents, and massive 18-inch alloy wheels (17-inches on lesser variants).
The vehicle itself is also longer and larger than the previous generation. While official dimensions were not yet revealed, Chevy claims the new Trax is 279mm longer and 51mm wider than its previous generation. The wheelbase has also grown 152mm which they said translates to 76mm of extra legroom. However, the all-new Trax is now 101mm shorter in height than before.
Pop the doors and the 2024 Trax invites occupants into a modern and upscale-looking cabin. Whereas the previous model looked sporty but felt cheap, Chevrolet decided to change all that and give the new Trax a fresher-looking interior. With neat touches of faux metal accents, piano black highlights, high-quality leather trim, and a pair of large digital displays, Chevrolet did their homework redesigning the dashboard of the all-new Trax.
On standard variants, the touchscreen measures 8-inches which is complemented by an 8-inch digital instrument cluster. Meanwhile, higher-grade models get a bigger 11-inch touchscreen with better resolution. Despite the size difference, both infotainment systems come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless phone integration.
Other available features in the new Trax include automatic climate control, heated front seats and side mirrors, push-button start, rear USB charging ports, power-adjustable driver’s seat, optional sunroof, and even remote engine start.
Powering the 2024 Trax is a new 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine. Despite its small size, Chevy claims it makes 139 PS along with 219 Nm of torque. Despite producing less power and torque than the 1.4-liter turbo, the automaker claims the new Trax is faster from 0 - 97 km/h at 8.6 seconds - roughly one second faster than the outgoing generation. Power is then sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission.
To keep drivers safe while on the road, a plethora of intelligent driver aids are available on the 2024 Trax. Under the Chevy Safe Assist suite of driver assistance systems, the Trax can come with automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, forward collision alert, auto high-beam headlights, lane-keep assist with lane departure warning, blind spot information, rear-cross traffic alert, and even adaptive cruise control.
The all-new 2024 Chevrolet Trax will go on sale in the US in the spring of 2023 and will be made in Korea. With Chevrolet distributor TCCCI already having the Trailblazer and Tracker for the Philippine market, do you think they could still bring the Trax (or Seeker) to the country? After all, the Trax already made a name for itself here several years ago.