Chevrolet Trax: Cheaper Than The Opel Mokka In Western Europe
|   Monday, March 04, 2013
The Chevrolet Trax has been announced with new prices for its main markets in Western Europe. In the history of the brand, created by Louis Chevrolet, this is the first city crossover, and it will be cheaper than the Opel Mokka, relying solely on the ideal price and quality that we already are accustomed to by the American brand.

On the Dutch market, for example, the starting price of the new Chevrolet Trax was set at 21,995 euros, while the base version of the new Opel Mokka starts from 22,645 euro with all local taxes included.
In England, the cheapest Trax, 1.6 LS 4x2, costs 15,495 pounds, the equivalent of 17,914 euros, being 500 pounds cheaper than the Mokka.

Although the outside and inside of the two models do not share any common details, the whole technical side, including platform and engines are virtually identical. The customers could be partially relieved going by price differences or their aesthetic preferences.

The customers can choose from three trim levels, called LS, LT and LTZ (LT stands for Luxury Touring. The Z just means it is the most dressed up model you can get. LS means it is usually the base model). Standard equipment includes air conditioning, front wheel drive, ESP, airbags and full battery Bluetooth connection.

The intermediary level LT brings in addition the Chevrolet MyLink multimedia center that allows the driver's smartphone to download apps, music and movies through its touchscreen displays on a large 7-inch diagonal. MyLink also includes Free Eyes Siri assistant, the voice command function and reading SMS and e-mails. The Trax LTZ is equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, heated seats and leather upholstery.

The range of engines, identical to that provided by Mokka, available to European customers, consists of an aspirated petrol engine of 1.6 liters and 115 hp, a turbocharged 1.4-liter and 140 hp and 1.7-liter diesel and 130 hp. All-wheel drive is offered only for the 1.4-liter gasoline version. All models with the exception of the entry-level version 1.6/115 HP are offered only with a manual gearbox with five steps. Equipping a six-speed manual transmission needs the diesel option;an automatic gearbox can also be chosen then. GM says the Trax will reach 100 km on the highway while using less than six liters of regular fuel.

Performance wise, the 1.4 liter variant delivers a top speed of 121 mph and a 62 mph sprint in 9.8 seconds. Not race car numbers but satisfying nonetheless.

Inside, we find plenty of room. Adults will fit in the back of the stretched wheelbase, and, for family minded people, there are no fewer than eight different seating configurations to play with, including the potential to forward-fold the front passenger seat.

There is room in the second row for a pair of adults or three youths and a nice amount of room (532 liters) behind the rear seat and loads of room (1,371 litres) with it folded down flat. The back of the front seat folds flat as well allowing the Trax to accommodate very long objects.
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