The bow-tied automaker could have settled for the Trailblazer to meet the needs of budget drivers, with the Trax having fallen out of favour a few seasons ago. But these days, a manufacturer can never have enough utility vehicles, apparently.
That’s certainly one of the reasons why the U.S. division is bringing back the Trax badge to the Chevrolet lineup for the 2024 model year. That’s right, the Trailblazer will continue as the more “rugged” option, while the Trax will be the go-to vehicle for tackling the city, at least based on the driveability of each model.
The Trailblazer is available exclusively with four-wheel drive, while the new Trax will be front-wheel drive only. Under the hood, the 2024 Trax relies on the 1.2-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder engine with 137 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of peak torque. The continuously variable unit marketed in the Trailblazer’s first year on our roads has been dropped in favour of a six-speed automatic. Driving may be a bit more dynamic with this unit.
In Canada, Chevrolet Canada will market five trim levels: LS, 1RS, LT, 2RS and ACTIV.
The LS and LT trims are the least expressive of the bunch with a more restrained exterior design, 17-inch steel wheels on the LS and 17-inch aluminum wheels on the LT. Unsurprisingly, the RS badge brings a bit of sportiness to the formula with exclusive grilles and other unique details, while the 1RS level grafts 18-inch wheels to it and the 2RS level goes up to 19 inches for the wheels. The ACTIV option is clearly aimed at customers who prefer to be seen behind the wheel of a more adventurous version with titanium chrome, a fake rear skid plate and wheels exclusive to this version with a diameter of 18 inches.
Chevrolet is also bringing a more modern design, the new Trax, which is reminiscent of a certain Blazer with its aggressive front end and sporty SUV silhouette. For those who are worried about the size of the vehicle, the Trax 2.0 is longer, wider and has a longer wheelbase. As a result, it’s the passengers who will benefit, at least in the second row of seats! Engineers have also improved the available trunk space.
The interior features a new dashboard that Chevrolet says is designed to give a “lighter feel”. The lower dashboard has the advantage of not impeding visibility. In the center of the dashboard, a touchscreen is slightly tilted towards the driver and is perched over the central air vents. While the screen size (diagonally) is eight inches in LS and 1RS, the others have an 11-inch diagonal central screen and an eight-inch diagonal information screen behind the steering wheel.
Note also the presence of heated front seats, steering wheel and exterior mirrors, all of which are standard on 1RS, 2RS and ACTIV, the LT model which can be equipped via the option book. All liveries inherit the remote starter, with the exception of the LS livery. Automatic climate control, push-button start and additional rear-seat USB ports on models are found on the LT, 2RS and ACTIV trims.
The first examples of the crossover are expected next spring, while the starting price for the LS trim is $21,699 before fees.