Chevro­let makes Trax!

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Man­u­fac­tures are con­tin­u­ally blur­ring the lines be­tween what were once seen as ca­st­iron mar­ket cat­e­gories; you know, small cars, large cars, SUVs and utes. The lat­est ex­am­ple – and one par­tic­u­larly per­ti­nent to our ( 4WD) world – is that be­tween con­ven­tional ‘cars’ and ‘4WDs.’ Subaru is the pioneer here though the cur­rent craze in­volves SUVs – like the cute lit tle Chevro­let Trax Ac­tiv you see here – rather than what the Amer­i­cans call ‘cross- overs.’ Jeep has sewn the seed with trail-rated Trail­hawk ver­sions of its Chero­kee and now Grand Chero­kee mod­els, but at the SEMA show in Las Ve­gas late last year the eye-catch­ing pro­to­types came from Hyundai, Kia... and Chevro­let. Start­ing with a 2017 Trax AWD model, the con­cept sus­pen­sion was lif ted, the track was widened, and a set of ag­gres­sive A/ T tyres was mounted on some 18-inch al­loy wheels. The front and rear fas­cias were also re­designed to com­ple­ment the greater ground clear­ance­and im­proved ap­proach and de­par­ture an­gles and a set of fender flares were added to fin­ish off the more ro­bust ‘ look.’ An ac­ces­sory Thule roof bas­ket en­hances the cargo ca­pa­bil­ity and the cus­tom LED light bar mounted to it of­fers ex­cep­tional il­lu­mi­na­tion on dark trails.

Chevro­let’s off-road ready Trax con­cept.

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