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2024 Chevy Trax unveiled – compact size, low price, plus tech

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A new 2024 Chevy Trax will arrive next year offering a compact SUV filled with tech for less money for budget conscious shoppers.

With the shift to electric vehicles, it looked likely the Chevy Trax was going to be discontinued. However, Chevrolet isn’t done yet with inexpensive, gas powered vehicle choices.

What is the 2024 Chevy Trax?

Put simply, it is basically a compact car sized SUV with a starting MSRP of $21,495 plus an undisclosed destination fee. 

It is longer, lower and wider than the current Trax on the market, borrowing design cues from the Chevy Blazer, and comes in 5 different trims: LS, 1RS, LT, 2RS and ACTIV.

All trims come with standard features and technology:

  • Chevy Safety Assist with six advanced safety and driver awareness technologies
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability
  • LED headlamps
  • 17-inch, 18-inch or 19-inch wheels
  • Four-wheel disc brakes
  • Active Noise Cancellation

Chevy says most trims have push-button start, automatic climate control, wireless phone charging among other things. Cruise control is standard while Adaptive Cruise Control is an option, the first time its been offered on the Trax.

Powering the compact SUV is a 1.2-liter turbocharged inline-three cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The engine produces 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. Fuel economy numbers haven’t been released yet.

Design inspired by Chevy Blazer

Chevy says they borrowed from the Chevy Blazer’s “athletic, muscular design” while making incorporating the iconic Chevy bowtie on the front end styling.

Each trim has is differentiated by:

  • LS and LT feature clean, straightforward designs, with additional bright trim on LT. 17-inch steel wheels are standard on LS and 17-inch machined aluminum wheels are standard on LT.
  • RS trims offer the Trax’s sportiest design with additional exterior trim accents, as well as a unique grille with an embedded RS badge. The 1RS trim includes unique 18-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels and the 2RS features 19-inch machine-faced aluminum wheels.
  • The new ACTIV has a monochromatic look including titanium chrome accents and an aggressive-looking rear skid plate motif. It also features unique black 18-inch wheels.

The longer, wider profile Trax means it has a nearly 6-inch longer wheelbase and this translates into a nearly 12% increase in cargo capacity. Also, rear-seat passengers will get 3 inches more legroom and overall the interior is 11 inches longer and 2 inches wider.

What about the tech?

Chevy designers aimed the tech needs for the driver by creating an infotainment screen slightly canted toward the driver as well as keeping the instrument panel low to be able to have better outward visibility. 

Speaking of the infotainment screen, LS and 1RS trims will feature an 8-inch diagonal screen meanwhile the higher trims will have an 11-inch diagonal screen plus a 8-inch diagonal digital driver information center. 

Basically, the higher trims get a bigger screen and a digital dash while lower trims get the smaller screen and mechanical gauges.

The different trims also receive their own décor and accents, including:

  • LT features black seats with Sky Cool Gray accents
  • 2RS features red accents on the seats and a racing-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel
  • ACTIV features Evotex seats with yellow accents
  • RS and ACTIV trims feature black bowtie emblems

Additional standard and available content include:

  • Center console with ergonomically optimized shifter location
  • An electronic parking brake opens up more storage space in the console
  • Four bottle holders and two cupholders
  • Heated front seats, steering wheel and outside mirrors are standard on 1RS, 2RS and ACTIV and available on LT. Heated front seats and outside mirrors are available on LS
  • Remote start standard on 1RS, LT, 2RS and ACTIV and available on LS
  • Automatic climate control, push-button start and added rear-seat USB ports on LT, 2RS and ACTIV
  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat on ACTIV
  • Available sunroof

New for the Trax is the ability to wirelessly connect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with wireless charging available on LT, 2RS and ACTIV trims. There is also Wi-FI Hotspot capability for all Trax models.

Finally, there is a host of safety and driver awareness technology like:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Front Pedestrian Braking
  • Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • IntelliBeam auto high-beam control
  • Following Distance Indicator

A Rear Vision Camera is also standard, while Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert , Rear Cross Traffic Alert2 and Rear Park Assist are available.

The 2024 Chevy Trax will be on sale in the spring of 2023.

The bottom line

Who says new vehicles are uber expensive? Here is a cheap, entry-level SUV filled with tech and running on a small gas engine which should have excellent fuel economy. This could be a no brainer for singles and couples who occasionally haul kids or cargo. 

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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