Making its world debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, the 2013 Chevrolet Trax has major aspirations for global conquest. The division plans to sell this stylish 5-passenger compact crossover in no less than 140 countries. However, that mega-roster of potential markets does not include the U.S.

The Trax shares a good deal of its platform architecture with the existing Buick Encore and Opel Mokka CUVs but gets its own exterior and interior divisional identity cues. It will launch in Europe later this year with a choice of three 4-cylinder engines: two gasoline-fired and one oil-burner. The gas duo consists of a 1.6-liter expected to make 115 horsepower as it does in the Mokka and the familiar 1.4-liter/140-horse turbocharged Ecotec unit currently found in the Encore as well as the Cruze and Sonic. The mileage-maxing 1.7-liter turbodiesel turns out 130 ponies. Opting for either force-fed engine will also permit the step up from front-drive to all-wheel drive.
While all Trax variants will come with Hill Start Assist, the top-line LT also will get Hill Descent Control as well as 18-inch alloy wheels, a rear parking camera and the Chevrolet MyLink telematics system with a 7.0-inch full color touch screen.

Spacious and nicely finished, the passenger cabin of this new Chevy crossover can be trimmed in cloth or optional leather. Flat-folding the 60/40 rear seat opens cargo space up from 12.6 cu ft to 48.4 cu ft. For even more flexibility, the front passenger seatback also can be flipped down to create an even longer load area.

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