GM Enters in Mini-SUV Race with Chevrolet Trax


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Car and Driver,Brazil has posted a news regarding the mini SUV from the Chevrolet.The SUV named Enjoy will be 4.28m long, slightly smaller than the Duster but a bit longer than the EcoSport with 480 liters of trunk capacity.The top-end model is expected to be mounted on 18-inch wheels.The SUV will share its styling from the Cruze and Captiva.The Chevrolet Enjoy is a rebadged Opel Mokka/Buick Encore.The SUV could be in India's way by the end of 2013.

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Looks damn good but I think it will take more 2 years for it to land in India .
 
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Chevrolet To Showcase its Mini SUV in Paris

ford and renault are not the only ones with their mini suvs to offer to the indian suv lovers now GM is also joining them by showcasing their mini suv which will be sold in 140 countries in the upcomming paris motor show here are some pics
the suv looks hot and it seems like the hatchback market the mini suv market is going to be hot in india

sourcehttp://www.autoevolution.com/news/chevrolet-trax-to-debut-in-paris-48287.html
 

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Re: chevorlet to showcase its mini suv in paris

This is much more good & decent looking mini SUV than Ecosport, Duster & mini-Xylo IMO. And it has those front characteristics of the Cruze. GM should seriously think of launching it in India.
 
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So, yet another competitor for Duster, Ecosport. The tight lines, typical chevy frontal design is definitely a head turner and I am sure Chevy will load all the bells and whistles in this baby SUV which should again make breathing difficult for Renault and Ford.
Another hot and really tough competitor would be Maruti's XA alpha which was showcased at the Auto expo.
All in all, this new segment is picking up real fast.
 
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This is much more good & decent looking mini SUV than Ecosport, Duster & mini-Xylo IMO. And it has those front characteristics of the Cruze. GM should seriously think of launching it in India.
Yes it is looking hot , it will be released in 140 countries and iam sure by next year they will launch here in India since they too will be every eager to eat the mini suv cake .
All in all Chevy makes good solid cars and this should not be any differnt .
The only thing is that it won't enjoy the 4 meters excise benefit since its 4.23 meters long .
 
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Seen this car. In my area there is a guy who works for GM and he brings home cars which have come here to be tested. Its based on the Sonic. Also Opel and Buick have their version of this. It will look the same but a few differences.
 
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GM may drive in compact SUV, new Spark

Is General Motors preparing to get the all-new Chevrolet Trax mini SUV and develop a new low-cost car under the Spark mini for the Indian market?

The company, which has been struggling in India for quite some time, seems enthused by the high-volume segments and could drive in new products in these categories. The two cars will be in addition to the Chevy Sail and Enjoy MPV that the company will launch by year-end.

Kevin Wale, GM's chief country operations officer for China, India and Asean, said possibilities existed for the company to look at the two segments that are high-growth categories.
"Both the segments (compact SUV and low-price car) are attractive... (and) pretty visible... Our job is to look at them and see if we have solution to fit those needs,"
Wale told TOI in a telephone interview from Shanghai.

GM, that saw an 11% decline in India sales in the first six months of 2012, has been withdrawing non-performing models from the market (like U-VA compact and sedans Aveo and Optra), while making space for new ones.

Despite being present in India since 1996, a year prior to the entry of Hyundai, its share in the overall passenger vehicle market is a mere 4%.

Wale, while refusing to confirm an impending entry into the two segments, said the company needs to work in a "structured way" when looking at the market opportunities. On the compact SUV segment, he said, "Growth in compact SUVs is pretty common around the world and it is a market we continue to look at (for India)." However, he refused to confirm about the entry of Trax, which is slated to sell in over 140 markets. "I cannot talk about specific product introductions."

The compact SUV/MPV segment has been one of the fastest-growing category in India. While Renault has managed a strong opening for its Duster SUV, Ford will be launching its Eco Sport model early next year. Mahindra will also launch a new mini SUV by the festive season and Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai are also eyeing this category.

Wale also said GM may also look at a car below the Spark. The car, a possible contender to Maruti Alto and Hyundai Eon, could be a strong volume-churner for GM, considering the company has a small one-litre diesel engine in its portfolio. The Alto and Eon are petrol-only models and have been struggling as the grip of diesel becomes strong. "It is a possibility. But I cannot comment at this stage." On the slowdown in the Indian car market, Wale said that it was not a big concern. "The downturn may last for some time, but the long-term potential of India is good." A large population and low penetration of cars are among the advantages of the Indian market, he said.

GM may drive in compact SUV, new Spark - The Times of India
 
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First drive review: Chevrolet Trax

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-review/first-drives/first-drive-review-chevrolet-trax
What is it?
A head start for Chevrolet. The Trax shares its DNA with the new Vauxhall Mokka, but the American brand, enjoying something of a sales resurgence, previews its smallest ever SUV before its Paris show debut, and before we drive its European sibling.

Being so far head of the starting gun means that the car can only be driven with several provisos in mind. First, these are pre-production models (although only be a slender margin) and second, they are all in Canadian spec.

Not much of an issue, you might think, but unlike Ford, Chevrolet still likes to tune its cars to what it regards as regional tastes, and that means that suspension settings, tyre choice, steering tune and even gear ratios are all going to subtly change before delivery to Europe begins.

Nevertheless, while the manufacturer may have only just begun work on building its variant for the old world, it is that market’s ballooning appetite for compact SUVs which has made the Trax a no-brain introduction to Chevrolet showrooms.

The aim is to hit the high-sided B-segment sweet spot where the likeable Skoda Yeti and overrated Nissan Juke currently reside. To that end, the Trax, like most of the brand’s offerings, is a largely orthodox piece of packaging.

The car follows hard on the heels of the well received Aveo – appropriate, as it shares its Gamma II platform, albeit in lengthened, fattened and strengthened format, and with the option of four-wheel-drive versions.

Precise details on pricing and trim levels are yet to be set in concrete, but it would be relatively safe to assume that Chevrolet will re-run its familiar LS, LT and LTZ line-up, that it will be well equipped and almost certainly undercut whatever sticker its cousin at Vauxhall wears.

What is it like?
Well judged but ultimately uninspiring to drive. The Canadian mules get a 138bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine mated to a rather quaint six-speed automatic gearbox. This configuration will come to the UK, but not until 2014. Step-off enthusiasm around town is sprightly (thanks to a cricket pitch-even 148lb ft of torque from 1850 to 4900rpm) but lacks much gumption elsewhere.

The vocal motor won’t power the entry-level model in the UK – that’s left to a 114bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine and a five-speed manual ’box – but, given its power handicap, we wouldn’t recommend that either. The cherry-pick (and doubtless popular option) is the worthy 128bhp 1.7-litre diesel that already appears in the Cruze.

With a six-speed manual ’box, it’ll deliver a highly competitive 221lb ft of torque, 120g/km of CO2 and 62mpg economy aboard the Trax. There’s also the faint hope that an extra 70-odd pounds of peak twist will add some muscular verve to the SUV’s progress.

Such optimism is not completely unfounded: Chevrolet reckons that the European versions, thanks to structural differences, airbag subtraction and the elimination of the spare wheel, will save around 100kg on the lardy Canadian car.

A dynamic bump would be useful. The North American model is competent and undemanding, but beyond its plodding, well insulated march at 55mph it begins to feel unreasonably cumbersome – as if you’re already dynamically working the car over rather than gently pushing on a bit.

Chevrolet will say that its EU retune will see to all this, but, although better rubber (it's all-terrain all round here) and steering heft will help, there is a concern that by revising the dampers, bushings and mounts, the engineers may handicap the compliancy on a ride quality already occasionally lumpy in remedying poor road surfaces.

Fortunately for the Trax, driver appeal always comes a distant second to usability in this segment, and here it’s clear that the developmental homework has been done. The interior, unsurprisingly, has for the most part been pinched from the Aveo, but a revamp and rescale has added a much-needed maturity to the layout.

It’s not half bad, and, better still, spaciousness seems suitably enhanced. Adults will fit in the back of the stretched wheelbase, and, with families in mind, there are no fewer than eight different seating configurations to play with, including the potential for folding forward the front passenger seat.

Chevrolet has also laced the cockpit with a rabbit warren of storage bins and kept the boot capacious enough to swallow 356 litres of additional items. Added to all that is the option (or standard feature) of the MyLink infotainment system. The seven-inch touchscreen is the focal point of the dashboard, and with a smartphone attached its interface, function and app potential (including a superb sat-nav carry-over) is a full generation ahead of any of its rivals.

Should I buy one?
As with much of Chevrolet’s recent fare, there are understandable reasons why you might. Most are grounded in the rugged dependability of good sense; the car, for many people, is going to seem like the right size, the right shape, the right interior and (probably) the right price.

But there are holes in the game plan. The Trax doesn’t quite look right - it has the truckish conservatism one might expect from its brand, but without the bigger, fatter 18-inch wheel to pull its styling taut, it looks rather drab in a way the Skoda Yeti and Nissan Juke don’t.

Choose to add those wheels and there’s every chance you are going to incapacitate the already fragile ride quality. Chevrolet might do this itself if it doesn’t handle its suspension revisions with some sensitivity. And it still remains to be seen if the diesel engine fits the dinky SUV as well as we expect it might.

A lot of ifs and buts, then. Probably too many to stamp the Trax’s card one way or the other. But there’s potential in this pre-prod preview, and, happily for Chevrolet, it feels like precisely where they need to be.

Chevrolet Trax 1.4 LT

Price TBC; 0-62mph 9.8sec; Top speed 121mph; Economy 44.1mpg; CO2 149g/km; Kerbweight 1380kg; Engine 4 cyls, 1364cc, turbo, petrol; Power 138bhp; Torque 148lb ft; Gearbox 6-spd automatic
 

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Re: First drive review: Chevrolet Trax

By looking at the first glance what i can feel is the ground clearance is very low.
Its hardly 200mm to touch with the potholed roads and underbody might scrap.
Not a compact SUV for Indian roads i feel.

But strong competitor in the list with Ecosport and Duster
 
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This one looks much better than Duster.

If priced smartly, will be a good option in mini SUV segment.
 
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