Just a year after launching the 2015 Chevrolet Trax, Chevy is set to release another new version of the Trax for the 2016 model year. The vehicle which is built on the same Gamma platform will be offered in new color choices and updated equipment.
2016 Chevrolet Trax LTZ SUV
2016 Chevrolet Trax Exterior
2016 Chevrolet Trax is small SUV or Compact SUV and has maintained most of the predecessor model looks. The Chevy is offered in 3 trim levels which are LS which is the base, LT and LTZ.
The automaker has really economized features on the base trim and has withdrawn some of the previous features such as the chrome beltline strip and roof rails. Absence of the roof rails gives the vehicle a clean appearance. However, higher trims feature roof rails as standard. Further, the base model also features body color license plate housing, mirrors and other trim pieces which underscore the budget nature of the small car.
Other features on the base model are automatic on/off halogen headlights (higher trims feature LED headlights and taillights) and intermittent rear-window wiper. It also comes with a spare tire. The LT and LTZ feature heated exterior mirrors.The LS will rides on 16-inch steel wheels with silver plastic wheel covers while the LT features 16-inch alloy wheels. The top LTZ trim rides on 18-inch alloy wheels.
2016 Chevrolet Trax LT SUV
2016 Chevrolet Trax Interior
On the inside, the Chevy Trax features a practical twin-cockpit theme. Its instruments cluster looks similar to the Sonic’s and it features a tachometer placed on the left along with a 3.5-inch monochrome display screen. The instruments cluster holds bar gauges, warning lights and the speedometer. The Trax will accommodate five passengers.
The base trim LS feature black cloth upholstery. Unlike the previous model, the new Trax has been hooked up with a pattern of light oblong shapes and contrasting blue stitches that uplifts the previous grim of an all-black upholstery. Other features on the base trim include power operated windows and door locks, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, an air conditioning system with air filtration and remote keyless entry.
The rear seat has 60/40 split-fold capability and the front passenger seat can also be folded flat. All seats feature carpeted floor mats as standard. MyLink connectivity along with a 7-inch touch-screen, Gen 10 OnStar with 4G LTE and Wi-Fi hotspot are also offered as standard.
Moving up to the LT trim, you will find deluxe cloth upholstery, remote start, auxiliary inputs, USB connectivity, SiriusXM Satellite radio, a driver information center and a 110-Volt power outlet. The LT trim has an optional package i.e. the LT Plus Package which will be changed to “Convenience Package’. The package adds leatherette trim and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear park assist, Bose Premium Audio and a sunroof.
The top trim LTZ features leatherette seating and a steering wheel wrapped in leather, Bose Premium Audio system, rear park assist and heated front seats with a 6-way power driver’s seat. A sunroof comes as an option.
Engine Specs and Performance
The 2016 Chevrolet Trax is offered in only one drive-train. The unit is an Ecotec 1.4 L, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The engine produces 138 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a 6-speeed automatic transmission system.
Front-wheel-drive comes as standard in all models but all trim levels have an option for the all-wheel-drive mode at an extra cost. Credit must go to the Chevy engineers who have managed to produce maximum torque from this engine at only 1,850 rpm.
According to the automaker, the car accelerates from 0-60 mph in 9.4 seconds for FWD models and 9.7 seconds for AWD models. This might seem slow but it is actually at par with other compact and subcompact automobiles. In terms of fuel economy, the engine is EPA rated at 26 mpg for city, 34 mpg on highway and 29 mpg with FWD models and 24 mpg, 31 mpg and 27 mpg with AWD models.
Price and release date
The new small Chevrolet Trax is already on sale at Chevrolet dealerships. To get your hands on its wheels, you have to part away with $ 21,195 MSRP for the base trim including destination charges. For the LT with FWD you will require $ 23,540 while the top trim LTZ sets you back $ 26,125.
The 2016 Chevrolet Trax will face fierce competition from the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Nissan Juke, Ford Edge and Kia Soul.
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