Chevrolet Bringing Tiny Trax SUV To US And China

April 16, 2014 4:00 PM

Chevrolet Bringing Tiny Trax SUV To US And China

" NEW YORK (AP) — Chevrolet’s smallest SUV is heading to its biggest markets.

The Chevrolet Trax will go on sale in the U.S. and China early next year. General Motors Co. unveiled the 2015 model Tuesday evening ahead of the New York International Auto Show.

GM thinks young buyers and downsizing Baby Boomers who like the Chevy Equinox and the Honda CR-V will go even smaller, as long as they can still sit up high. The Trax, which shares a platform with Chevrolet’s Sonic subcompact, is the same length as a Volkswagen Beetle — 168.5 inches.

The compact SUV’s dimensions (and engine, for that matter) are the same as GM’s new Buick Encore, which has seen stronger-than-expected sales since it went on sale in January 2013. Encore sales more than doubled in the first three months of this year compared with the same period last year. The Trax has been sold since 2012 in Canada and Mexico. It is sold as the Chevrolet Tracker in Russia , South America and other markets.

In terms of size, the Mitsubishi Outlander and Nissan Juke are close competitors, but there aren’t many others "

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