The 2018 Chevrolet Trax is especially practical for anyone looking for an easy to drive runabout that doesn’t cost that much money. In addition to this, the Trax is also big in terms of offering latest technologies, interior refinement, and maneuverability in tight spots. After undergoing a thorough refresh as a 2017 year model, the Trax ignited the spark in the segment by offering tons of standard equipment, ample passenger space, and impressive crash test scores. However, it failed miserably to wade off criticism that centered on its lack of refined road manners, little cargo space, and uninspiring fuel economy.
That said, the automaker is poised to make some changes on the new 2018 Chevy Trax. In addition to the redesign changes it received the previous year, the new model will also encompass new features such as an updated infotainment system and a mildly refreshed exterior. Apart from those mentioned, there’s pretty nothing new the Chevrolet Trax 2018 will come with as much of what was offered in its previous iteration will carry on unchanged into the new model year.
This pint-sized crossover SUV was introduced in the U.S back in 2015. And for starters, it slots just beneath the compact Equinox. Buyers interested in the 2018 Chevrolet Trax usually have two things in mind: they are either looking for something a bit smaller than its big brother Equinox or they simply just want the demeanor of an SUV while at the same time enjoying the fuel efficiency ratings akin to those of a family sedan.
In terms of performance, nothing much is expected to change under its hood. In fact, Chevy has already confirmed that it is going to carry over its previous model’s engine which means every 2018 Chevrolet Trax will come fitted with a brawny 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. In that case, the output of the engine should remain unchanged at 138 hp and 148 lbs. ft. of torque.
Just like its predecessor, the trim lineup should include the Chevrolet Trax LS, Trax LT, and the top of the range Trax Premier. Buyers have the option of getting these either with a FWD or an AWD. The Trax LS is the bare-bones model that should encompass some or all of these standard features: air conditioning, full power accessories, a foldable rear seat, a driver information display, automatic headlights, a rear cargo cover, and all the technologies available with the Chevrolet MyLink interface.
Inasmuch as we’d admit such list of standard features is by far exemplary at least considering the cost of ownership, the Chevrolet Trax’s deficiencies cannot just be wished away. A thorough nitpicking reveals the ride quality isn’t the smoothest, the fuel economy figures it boasts of are hard to realize, and Chevy could have done something about its cargo space.
Hopefully the segment offers some nifty rivals for some who might prefer something better. Smart choices that we’d suggest include the Mazda CX-3 and the Honda HR-V. The Honda HR-V is particularly a fine choice for anyone looking for ample space and an impressive list of interior technologies. The Mazda CX-3, on the hand, is a sporty alternative that not only offers some sporty appeal but also offers an excellent fuel economy to boot. Those who prefer some off-road ruggedness into the mix might find the Fiat 500X and the Jeep Renegade to be good alternatives.
Will The Price Change? How About 2018 Chevrolet Trax Release Date?
The official release date of the 2018 Chevrolet Trax is yet to be offered by Chevy, however we estimate its production to kick in sometime towards the end of 2017 thereby pointing out to a possible on-sale date sometime early in 2018. Pricing, on the other hand, isn’t expected to change judging by the apparent lack of meaningful changes on the new model. And as such we expect the new model to top out at around 28K including the destination fees.
By pricing alone, the new 2018 Chevrolet Trax will be in a direct collision course with the likes of Fiat 500X that goes for sale for an MSRP starting from 22K to a max of 28K, the Honda HR-V that starts out from a low of 20K and maxes out at 27K, and the Mazda CX-3 that ranges from $20K to a max of 27K as well. Specific updates on the pricing of the Trax is sure to follow once our team gets the confirmed info, so stay tuned.
2018 Chevrolet Trax Interior & Exterior Changes
The new Chevrolet Trax will mostly return with the same contemporary design elements as before save for minimal changes which Chevy is yet to make public as of the writing of this review. According to Steve Majoros, the new model is set to come with premium details, latest technologies, and great design enhancements inside and out.
Although its interior isn’t the most impressive in its class, the pint-size Chevrolet Trax still manages to offer a decent amount of passenger space especially so for the rear seats. Once seated inside, one may quickly notice the substandard quality of the interior materials especially so for the standard trim model. However, the available standard features more than compensate for that shortcoming.
The 2018 Chevrolet Trax is set to return with the same engine as that presently available on the current model. This therefore means that we should expect it to feature a 1.4L four-cylinder turbo engine beneath the hood. Output should remain unchanged at 138 hp and 148 lbs. ft. of torque.
With this engine in its belly, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax should be able to return 28 mpg on the city/highway.
It came as a surprise back in 2015 when the Trax sales had surpassed expectations at around 65,000 units, and the model quickly climbed to the 2nd position in America for best-selling small SUV. It also achieved similar glory globally with close to half a million sales done in over 73 markets. That said, it then comes as a no-brainer fact that the 2018 Chevrolet Trax is set for a home run once again.