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Chevrolet Trax will be smallest SUV in company's lineup

By Frederick Olson, Automotive Contributor
Published On: Apr 21 2014 01:37:43 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 30 2014 01:21:41 PM CDT

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NEW YORK -

Small is the key feature of Chevrolet's latest SUV that was revealed last week in New York.

It's called the Trax and Chevrolet has been selling the compact sport-ute in other markets around the world for a couple of years. Starting in early 2015, the car will be sold in the United States as well.

While smaller than the Chevrolet Equinox, the new Trax will still seat five people and have nearly 50 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down.

The Trax shares a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with the Chevrolet Sonic. That engine puts out a respectable 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel drive will be available on the car.

Safety is a big focus in the Trax, which is why the car has 10 airbags, including side chest airbags for the rear passengers.

Typical creature comforts are available, like GM's OnStar service, a 7-inch touch screen, USB ports, extra storage bins throughout and keyless entry. Some models can also include a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot and Siri Eyes Free for iPhones.

The Trax will enter an emerging market of compact SUVs, which already includes cars like the Nissan Juke, Mini Countryman and Buick Encore (which shares a platform with the Trax). The segment is growing with other upcoming models like the Jeep Renegade and Honda HR-V.

"Trax offers customers another option in the Chevrolet family and will be a strong competitor in the emerging small-SUV market, which is expected to grow more than 80 percent by 2016," said Alan Batey, a senior vice president for Chevrolet.

Prices for the new car will be announced closer to the time it goes on sale in early 2015.

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