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Paris 2012: Chevrolet Trax

(Friday 28 September 2012)

Chevrolet Trax.

Chevrolet will enter the compact SUV market with a new model called the Trax. It's slightly longer than its most obvious UK rival, the Nissan Juke, and has plenty of room for luggage - 358 litres when all five seats are in place, 1370 when the ones in the rear are folded down.

Pricing has not yet been confirmed, but the UK line-up has. The entry-level model will be the 1.6 petrol LS, which is fitted as standard with 16" alloy wheels, air-conditioning, front foglights, rear parking sensors, Bluetooth connectivity and automatic headlights.

Everything else in the range is an LT, with 18" alloys, a rear parking camera, an auto-dimming interior mirror, leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearknob and the MyLink system which connects your smartphone with the car's own systems.

The 1.6 engine is available with this trim level, and so are a smaller but, at 140bhp, more powerful 1.4 turbo petrol unit and a 130bhp 1.7-litre turbo diesel. Only the diesel has the option of automatic transmission (which means losing the start/stop function available on all manual versions), and the diesel and 1.4 turbo can be specified with four-wheel drive.

For the best economy and lowest tax payments, the two-wheel drive manual diesel is the one to go for. Chevrolet reports that its CO2 rating is 120g/km, so it will cost £30 per year in Vehicle Excise Duty. All the others require you to pay at least £100.

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