A Closer Look at the New 2015 Chevrolet Trax

GM hopes to grab a slice of the hot market for small SUVs with the new 2015 Chevrolet Trax. The U.S. version of the Trax was unveiled in New York. Photo credit: General Motors Company.

The New York International Auto Show is a major stop on the world's auto show circuit. Like so much else in New York, it's big, it's loud, and it's one of the industry's highest-profile stages.

The Motley Fool's Rex Moore and John Rosevear were in New York last week for the two days devoted to events for the world's automotive and financial media -- and they've captured the highlights to share with you through the magic of video.

General Motors  (NYSE: GM  ) didn't have any media events at the show. That was unusual, especially since GM had a couple of new products to show off. But GM is clearly feeling the heat of the ongoing scandal over its long-delayed ignition-switch recalls, and the company maintained a remarkably low profile at the show.

But we did get a closer look at GM's new products. One of those is the 2015 Chevrolet Trax, a small crossover SUV that is coming to U.S. dealers early next year. The Trax isn't a brand-new product -- GM already sells it in other parts of the world. (Its close cousin, the Buick Encore, has been on sale here since last year.) 

As we saw in New York, the market for small SUVs and crossovers is getting a lot of attention right now. In that same week, Fiat Chrysler  (NASDAQOTH: FIATY  ) showed off its new Jeep Renegade, Honda  (NYSE: HMC  ) revealed photos of its upcoming HR-V, and Ford  (NYSE: F  ) dropped hints that its small EcoSport SUV might come to American dealers.

GM is determined to grab a piece of this hot new market segment with the Trax. As we saw, it's an appealing package: When it arrives early next year, it'll be offered with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder making 138 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission, with the option of all-wheel drive. It sounds small, and it is -- but it's surprisingly roomy inside, as you can see in our separate report here.

The Trax is made in several GM factories around the world -- those coming to the U.S. will be made in Mexico and Korea, GM says. 

Take a closer look at the Trax with John and Rex, in this video report that they filed right from the show floor in New York. 

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  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2014, at 12:54 AM, LouisTewl wrote:

    @ JR - Why do you persist in trying to compare this Suburban Yawn to the new Jeep Renegade (other than the fact that you and TMF are LONG GM stock?

    If you read the new Car and Driver Chevrolet Trax first-drive review, here:

    they don't even MENTION the Jeep Renegade in the article.

    They DO, however, say, >"The Sonic's crossover cousin aims for the Kia Soul."<

    Also, >"Pitted against affordable small crossovers such as the Kia Soul, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, and Nissan Juke."

    @ 138 hp, even WITH the turbo, the best 0-60 mph time is 9.2 seconds, while, for North America, Jeep Renegade will offer either 160 hp or 186 hp, with 0-60 mph times to match, and that's just the BEGINNING of where you are AGAIN, IMO misleading investors.

    Ypur article also states, "but it will be offered in "Trail Rated" versions that should give it more off-road capability than most of its rivals."

    After reading the technical stats on the new Jeep Renegade (as I know that you, as a senior auto guy, have done), I have to ask, "Which in-class rivals WON'T the Renegade have more off-road capability than?"

    Now, none of the (obvious) technical differences between the Renegade and the Trax don't mean the Trax won't sell well here in the U.S., but please, try to minimize the damage you do to potential FCA investors with your ANTI-FCA bias.

  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2014, at 6:54 AM, lem2004 wrote:

    @louis Tewl,If you think John is so biased on FCA,why don't you write an article for M.Fool about the Jeep.If any one is biased I would say it is you when it comes to FCA.

  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2014, at 12:48 PM, LouisTewl wrote:

    @ lem - If I were to write an article about the new Jeep Renegade, it wouldn't be to say primarily that it's "too cutesy, but will have a trail-rated version, so they tell us," with a picture of it parked over against some loading-area curtain, and then have a video piece on the Trax with a link to another video piece on the Trax where JR sits in the Trax and says that, because he's 6 ft tall and "there's at least a couple of inches above me" that it's a big deal.

    Further, I have, from the time JR first came out with intel on the acquisition of the rest of Chrysler by Fiat and the possible FCA IPO (which he was the first on, at that time - thanks, JR) made my investment prognostications known. They are coming to pass, and, I stand by them.

    What I dislike is the journalistic dishonesty I consistently see displayed here, as well as a lack of vision. JR and TMF want Ford and GM stock to go up and for all TMF readers to help by owning it? Fine - but why do they keep slighting FCA at every turn?

    They act like FCA has to fail for Ford and GM to succeed, and that they have to help in the process.

    I, for one, don't like it - it bespeaks a lack of professionalism and, IMO, does a disservice to TMF readers.

    As far as me writing an article about Jeep - it has already been done by various professionals, (just Google Jeep Renegade - and Chevrolet Trax, for that matter, you'll find out in 15 minutes everything you need to know) - which makes these blatant editorial misrepresentations all the more offensive.

    Yes, I both like, and am pulling for, FCA - I think they are becoming increasingly well-positioned to take advantage of the global manufacturing paradigm, and further, that they have the ability to execute on their vision.

    I thought so at $6.00 a share, and nothing has happened as of this writing at $12.00 per share to make me think any differently. Ford and GM? Not so much.

    They say it's a stock-picker's year, and that's good for me, because I picked FIATY.

    Fool On.

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