Chevy has revealed pricing on its smallest crossover that, for 2017, features a more upscale interior and a mildly refreshed exterior.
From our perspective, Chevy's subcompact Trax crossover was not so much a bad vehicle, it was just boring. From the little bit of seat time we spent in it, we also noted that while the suspension had a tendency to get jittery over rougher road surfaces (not unexpected given its wheelbase), the overall ride felt smooth and controlled.
But with the subcompact crossover segment heating up and getting much more crowded, its inoffensive exterior and hard plastic-swathed interior didn't match up well with the competition.
2017 Chevrolet Trax refresh
Not content with just updating the front fascia, Chevrolet has also redesigned both the hood and front fenders of the 2017 Trax in order to accommodate design elements that include the bowtie brand's new "proportioned dual port" grille. Slimmer headlamp enclosures contain halogen reflector lamps on the entry-level LS, while the uplevel LT and renamed top-shelf Premier (replacing LTZ) models receive halogen projector units and LED signature lighting. Premier models are also the recipients of new 18-inch alloys.
Less was done in back, but the taillamps are new and, mercifully, more of the bumper is painted to match the body (although the ridiculous silver lower valance remains).
Inside, the twin-cockpit theme has been toned down a bit with new upper vents and soft-touch dashboard padding. The upper center stack has been redesigned around a larger 7-inch color touchscreen (with available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility) that, like the outboard vents and lower console, is now trimmed with a narrow band of brushed metal.
The quirky analog/digital instrument cluster has also been revamped. Both the speedometer and tachometer are now round analog units, while a smaller digital display features a standard driver information center.
In addition to the Apple and Android features, available infotainment options include 4G LTE with Wi-Fi hotspot and keyless open and start functionality. A rear view camera is standard across the lineup and, while trim level-dependent, there are a plethora of available new active safety features that include side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert and lane departure warning.
Under the hood, the powertrain carries over with a turbocharged 1.4-liter DOHC inline-4 producing 138 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 148 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,850 rpm paired to a conventional 6-speed automatic transmission.
"The 2017 Chevy Trax offers advanced technology, premium features and comprehensive safety in a small SUV package," said Steve Majoros, director of marketing, Chevrolet Cars and Crossovers. "The Trax is positioned to deliver exactly what our customers want: the latest technologies in the fastest-growing segment in the industry."
2017 Chevrolet Trax pricing and availability
The 2017 Chevy Trax will reach dealerships by this fall, with the following pricing schedule (MSRP) that includes an $895 destination fee:
Trim, Drivetrain, Price
LS, FWD: $21,895
LT, FWD: $23,795
Premier, FWD: $26,995
LS, AWD: $23,395
LT, AWD: $25,295
Premier, AWD: $28,495
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