While it won't be coming to America, the 2013 Chevrolet Trax will go on sale in over 140 other countries following its formal reveal this September at the Paris Auto Show. Carrying the same name as a 2007 Chevy concept vehicle, this less ambitiously styled production compact crossover is based on the same platform mechanicals as the new 2013 Buick Encore but will likely offer a variety of engine choices beyond the Encore's 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline-fed four-cylinder. Like its Buick cousin, the new Chevrolet Trax will feature a spacious, well-finished 5-passenger cabin with materials that would normally be found in larger, more expensive crossovers and offer the same kind of class-leading convenience and safety features.
"The Trax provides Chevrolet an entry into a growing small SUV segment and delivers the flexibility, great fuel economy and car-like handling that urban explorers around the world require," said Mary Barra, GM senior vice president of Product Development. So why no Chevrolet Trax for U.S. buyers? According to GM, it's because of the strong market position currently enjoyed here by its slightly larger sibling, the Chevy Equinox.