The little Trax that could is getting some big updates for 2017 and it’s certainly earned them. The Trax is one of the best-selling subcompact crossovers in the market and it’s only been in the U.S. since 2015. (It originally debuted globally in 2012.)
The updates for 2017 include a new front end and other design changes like narrower headlights and more modern fog lights. It also offers more safety features, an updated interior and a better infotainment system.
So let’s get into a little more detail. Starting things off is a redesigned front fascia. It features Chevy’s dual port grille and sleeker headlamps that wrap around to the front fenders. The rear gets a freshened design and dual taillamps. The LS trim gets new halogen reflector headlamps and the LT trim adds LED signature lighting. The new top Premier trim adds LED signature taillamps.
The interior gets a refresh with an upgraded instrument panel. The design is inspired from Chevrolet’s signature dual-cockpit look with lines that flow from the upper dashboard across the whole panel. The gauge display is new with an analog speedometer and tachometer. It uses digital displays for the rest of the standard driving information.
New available safety technologies include Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Forward Collision Alert, and Lane Departure Warning. A rearview camera comes standard along with 10 airbags.
Tech toys get upgraded with the new 7-inch infotainment system that supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The car can function as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Up to seven different personal devices can connect to high-speed internet. Not bad. Not bad at all. Keyless Open and Start are also offered.
The engine stays the same. It will continue to carry the Ecotec 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder paired to six-speed automatic transmission. It gets 138-horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque.
Chevrolet says that last year alone the Trax cranked out a total of 63,303 sales, making it the second-best selling small SUV in America. Chevy also says it ranks third globally since sales began back in 2012 with over 400,000 sales in 73 markets.
Chevy also says the Trax has attracted new drivers to the brand. The automaker notes that more than half of U.S. customers consisted of trade-ins of something other than a Chevy. It also is popular with the ladies. The automaker says that around 60% of Trax buyers are female, which is the highest in the lineup.
The 2017 Trax will arrive this Fall.