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Chevrolet Jumps into the Subcompact SUV Craze

(Credit: © General Motors)

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Chevrolet Jumps into the Subcompact SUV Craze

2015 Chevrolet Trax

2015 Chevrolet Trax (Credit: © General Motors)

It seems like the hot thing right now in the automotive industry is to go small, which is why it should be no surprise to anyone that Chevrolet is following the trend with the release of the 2015 Trax. The brand showed off its pint-sized crossover during the New York International Auto Show. The model has already been on sale in other markets around the world, including Mexico and China, but the public was finally able to see the United States spec model.

Of course, one of the big reasons why small vehicles are increasing in popularity is the fact that they are more fuel efficient, and the Trax certainly aims for that ideal. The model comes with a small 1.4-liter Ecotec engine that of course sips the gasoline. According to Chevrolet, the standard turbocharger allows the engine to provide the kind of power expected from a much larger engine. Whether the 138 horsepower and 148 lb.-ft. of torque produced by the engine is impressive is likely colored by a person’s expectations for small SUVs. Admittedly, the design of the powertrain is innovative, particularly the turbocharger that is integrated into the exhaust manifold. The unique design helps the Chevrolet Trax shed some curb weight, further increasing fuel efficiency.

The rise of subcompact SUVs has to do with people wanting more utility from their small cars, without sacrificing fuel economy. With this in mind, Chevrolet says the Trax features 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the backseat, which beats out the cargo capacity in the trunk of most sedans. Folding down the backseat expands the cargo area to 48.4 cubic feet. The interior can also accommodate items that are up to eight feet long, thanks to the front passenger seat that folds flat. That means owners will be able to visit the Home Depot without having to strap certain items to the roof.

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