The 2015 Chevrolet Trax has been announced to be released on the US market back in 2014, but it only managed to hit the US shores in March 2015. The SUV remained mostly unchanged since it was officially released, but this is just fine considering the model offers the same platform as the Buick Encore at a much lower price. In fact, the Trax can be had for only $20,120 and goes up to $26,530, which is quite good considering all the good bits it comes equipped with. While the car is brand new for the US market, it has been available both in Europe and in several parts of Asia for more than 2 years, so it matured nicely before being available in the US.
2015 Chevrolet Trax Colors, Design
Despite the fact that it shares the same basic platform with the Encore, the two cars couldn’t be more different when it comes to the actual driving feel or their interiors. The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is sportier, more fun to drive, and it costs around 10 to 15% less than the Encore. It comes painted in these body colors: Orange Rock Metallic, Summit White, Silver Ice Metallic, Satin Steel Metallic, Brilliant Blue Metallic, Blaze Red, Ruby Red Metallic, Deep Espresso Metallic, and for additional cost Black Granite Metallic and White Pearl Tricoat. Available trim levels include LS, LT and LTZ.
On the interior, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax is quite similar to the international version, but there are a few unique features to it which are needed on the US market. Firstly, the car comes equipped as standard with an AT&T subscription, which provides 4G LTE connectivity, as well as a Wi-Fi system, which can be accessed by its passengers. On top of that, there is also a satellite radio service that will always get the best reception no matter the area the buyer is driving. However, both of these are based on a monthly or yearly subscription, just like on the Encore, so the actual price of the Chevy is going to be higher. The good part about this compact crossover is that there is a lot of space for a car at this price point, meaning that even the taller people will have no problem in sitting comfortable on the back seats. In the trunk there is also quite a bit of space for luggage, which is a nice addition.
The outside, on the other hand, is identical to that of the international version and very similar to that of the Encore. The front end of the 2015 Chevrolet Trax has just the right amount of aggressive details with a big imposing grille, black accents on the bumper as well as an air deflector which is there to improve fuel consumption. LEDs are not available on the base model, but are available on the fog-lights of the higher end versions. At the back there is a hidden exhaust and a chromed plastic shield which looks good. The SUV sits on 16-inch steel rims as standard, while 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels are available as options, but only on some models.
Engine, Specs, 0-60 Time, MPG
Engine wise, the 2015 Chevrolet Trax comes with the same turbocharged 1.4L inline-4 unit as the Encore which is capable of 138 horsepower (103 kW) and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm) of torque. Even though it doesn’t seem like much, the engine can cope quite well with the car’s weight if it isn’t fully loaded. The 0-to-60 MPH time for the FWD model is under 9 seconds and the top speed is 117 miles per hour, which is just fine for a city cruiser. The fuel consumption is decent as well with a 26 MPG for city use and 34 MPG for highway driving, both being above the average of its class. The only drawback is the 6-speed automatic with a manual mode, which doesn’t manage the engine that well, especially when the car is fully loaded.
For the end, check out some of the available exterior colors and other promotional photos in the gallery below.
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