The entry-level crossover benefits from a comprehensive redesign

The entry-level crossover benefits from a comprehensive redesign

We had a gut feeling that the Chevy Trax was making a comeback after being eliminated from Chevrolet’s lineup for 2023. However, we didn’t expect a large body design reminiscent of the sharp-looking Blazer EV.

The 2024 Chevy Trax will arrive in the spring of 2023 with a cache fully loaded with new features and styling updates, enough to temporarily forget about the first-generation Trax’s interface.

Chevy Trax 2024: What’s new?

The 2024 Trax is the second generation of the entry-level family SUV. The phrase “entry level” fits the outgoing Chevy Trax to a T, but you can’t say the same for Chevy’s all-new crossover. The new Trax is 11 inches longer, two inches wider, and four inches lower to mimic the Blazer EV’s progressive, cool silhouette.

Naturally, the growth spurt results in a more spacious cabin with three inches more legroom in the back and 12 percent more luggage space behind the rear seats.

“The all-new Trax’s bold exterior design and technology-advancing interior redefine what an entry-level vehicle can be,” said Phil Zack, Chevrolet Global Executive Design Director. “It shows that modern, elegant design doesn’t have to come at a premium.”

2024 Chevy Trax RS.
2024 Chevy Trax RS. Photo: Chevrolet.

Turbocharged powertrain

We’re glad Chevy has sorted out the Trax’ new exterior and interior characters, but we find the engine choice questionable, for lack of a better word. Under the hood is a 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, which Chevy said pumps out 137 hp and 162 lb-ft. of torque. We have no issues with the actual numbers, but what bothers us is the older Trax’s more powerful four-cylinder turbo engine with 155 hp and 177 lb-ft. of torque.

Since the second-generation Trax increased in size, it would have been nice to have the extra horsepower of the four-cylinder engine, but that’s just us. Like the old Trax, the 2024 model has a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive.

However, the 2024 Chevy Trax will have better EPA fuel economy than the first-generation models, thanks to the new engine.

Interior redesign

Chevy did a great job with the interior design of the new Trax. The brand has been talking about giving the cabin an airy, lightweight feel, and we like the sharp lines of the dashboard, the ubiquitous circular air vents, and the physical HVAC controls.

Chevy will offer the new Trax in five trim levels: LS, 1RS, LT, 2RS, and Activ. Standard on LS and 1RS are 17-inch wheels, black seats with gray accents, and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Meanwhile, the RS gets 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels, a flat-bottom steering wheel, and red interior trim.

The range-topping Trax Active gets Evotex seats with yellow accents, custom black 18-inch wheels, a titanium chrome exterior, and a power driver’s seat. Additionally, Trax LT, 2RS, and Active models get an 11-inch infotainment touchscreen, an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, heated front seats, push-button start, a heated steering wheel, and heated outside mirrors, plus a few more.

Interior design of the 2024 Chevy Trax RS.
Interior design of the 2024 Chevy Trax RS. Photo: Chevrolet.

Chevrolet Trax safety features

The 2024 Chevy Trax comes standard with Chevy Safety Assist advanced driving aids. The package includes automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist (with lane departure warning), forward collision alert, automatic high beams, and a following distance indicator. Chevy has thrown in a standard rearview camera for good measure.

Chevy factory warranty

Chevrolet vehicles leave the factory with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. Depending on how often you drive, an extended warranty may benefit you.

Before you decide, check out this comprehensive guide to Chevrolet extended warranties.

2024 Chevy Trax starts MSRP

Pricing for the 2024 Chevy Trax starts at $21,495 for the LS, $23,195 for the 1RS, and $23,395 for the mid-level LT. The base price for the Trax 2RS is $24,995, while the Activ starts at $24,995, not including applicable destination fees.

Alvin Reyes is an Automob Blog columnist and sports car and performance expert. He studied civil aviation, aeronautics and accounting in his younger years and is still very fond of his previous Lancer GSR and Galant SS. He also loves fried chicken, music, and herbal medicine.

Photos and source: Chevrolet.

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