On the tech front there is a regular 230V socket in rear which won't run an electric fire
The Chevrolet Trax went on sale on the 1st March 2013 and the twin sister to the Vauxhall Mokka, which we recently reviewed. The compact SUV Trax has a small foot print of 4.2m long, 1.7 m wide and 1.6 m high with up to 1370 litres of cargo space with a towing capability of 1200 kg.
There is a choice of three engines; there are two petrol units, a 1.4l (140ps) turbocharged unit and a 1.6l (115ps) petrol engine, if you prefer diesel then you can opt for the 1.7l (130ps) turbo-diesel engine. Manual cars come with Stop/Start technology but the 1.7L turbo-diesel and the 1.4L turbo petrol engine can be specified with a six-speed automatic gearbox.
As you may expect the 1.7l diesel engine is the most frugal of the line-up, it returns 62.7 mpg on the official combined cycle in the front wheel drive manual guise. Where the 1.4l petrol with a manual gearbox is rated at 44.1 mpg. CO2 emissions are rated as 120 g/km (1.7l diesel) and 149 g/km (1.4l petrol).
You can opt for AWD (4 wheel drive) with the 1.4l petrol or 1.7l diesel unit – the system is not full time, transmission is varied automatic depending on the conditions to ensure maximum traction.
On the tech front there is a regular 230V socket in rear which won’t run an electric fire but can be used to power or recharge laptops, cameras, etc – that require little current. There is a USB socket in of the two glove compartments for connectivity to iPods, smart phones, and other electronic devices.
The Top spec Chevrolet Trax come with the MyLink connected radio which allows users to interact with their compatible smartphones including access to phone books, personal playlists, photo galleries, etc. Mass storage devices, including MP3 players, iPod, and iPad can also be connected through USB. There is a dedicated plug-in outlet for personal music devices and smartphones that do not use USB or Bluetooth connections.
MyLink users can use their smartphones for navigation via the BringGo application including 3D maps, lane guidance and live traffic updates which requires an active network connection and possible charges. iPhone users with Siri (IOS 6 and above) in Eyes Free mode can make voice-activated, hands-free calls to contacts on their iPhone, play songs in their iTunes libraries, switch music sources automatically from AM/FM radio to iPod mode, or listen to or send an iMessage or text message to a phone number or anyone in saved contacts. Smartphone users can also use theTuneIn app, a streaming audio powerhouse that provides seamless connectivity to live local, international and internet radio and links listeners to a global network of 70,000 stations subject to data charges.
Standard equipment includes Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Hydraulic Brake Fade Assist, and roll-over Mitigation.
On the safety front there are six airbags with three-point seatbelts in all five seating positions and ISOFIX anchoring systems for children’s seats.Published 18 April 2013