The new Chevrolet Trax will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, where it will showcase the SUV-like design on a car not much bigger than a Chevrolet Aveo supermini.
Chevrolet has even transplanted much of the front features of its small car range, including the Aveo and the smaller Spark city car, onto its newest addition.
The chunky small car adds a sloping roof, complete with practical roof bars, a raised ground height and more pronounced wheel arches to the new Trax.
The new Chevrolet Trax is designed to take advantage of the craze for SUV-like small cars for city-based drivers, started by the Juke crossover.
Manufacturers such as Ford, with its Fiesta-based EcoSport and the Vauxhall Mokka, a model based on its Vauxhall Corsa, have announced their intention to join the market before 2013.
Trax provides Chevrolet an entry into a growing small SUV segment and delivers the flexibility, great fuel economy and car-like handling that urban explorers require,” said Susan Docherty, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Europe.
Prices, engines and specification details will be announced closer to an expected launch date in 2013 but traditional petrol and diesel engines are expected to be shared with Chevrolet’s small car range.
Chevrolet does promise five seats, five doors and ‘generous cargo space’ as well as an interior usually associated with more expensive cars.
Chevrolet UK dealerships, including Perrys Chevrolet of Dover and Perrys Chevrolet of Rotherham, will stock the Chevrolet Trax when it goes on sale in Spring 2013.