Tech Spec: 2015 Chevrolet Trax

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The Chevrolet Trax concept was first unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, with the final model unveil happening at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. During 2013 and early 2014, it was only sold in Canada, Mexico, Germany, South Korea, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Europe. The Trax was first marketed in the United States early this year.

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is a city-smart SUV with a standard turbocharged engine delivering power on demand and an EPA-estimated 34 mpg on the highway.

Trax is an SUV built for the city. Its small footprint boasts seating for up to five with up to eight seating/cargo-carrying configurations. A 60/40 split, flat-folding rear seat and a fold-flat front passenger seat combine to allow storage of long items such as skis or a surfboard, up to eight feet long.

The Chevrolet MyLink Infotainment with a 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen is standard. MyLink provides easy, intuitive operation of basic functions and is highly customizable and capable of linking devices such as smartphones and MP3 players. The system includes Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phone, as well as Pandora, TuneIn radio and Stitcher. Its standard OnStar with 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspot provide a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 7 and iOS 8 users enhances connectivity and convenience. It enables voice-controlled connectivity so customers can keep phones stored and their hands on the wheel.

Trax is powered by an Ecotec 1.4L turbocharged engine that’s paired with an efficiency-enhancing six-speed automatic transmission. The engine is rated at an SAE-certified 138 horsepower (102 kW) and 148 pound-feet of torque (200 Nm), between 1,850 and 4,900 rpm. The wide rpm range for the maximum torque helps Trax deliver a more confident driving experience, with a strong feeling of power across the rpm band.

A MacPherson-strut front suspension and compound crank rear suspension deliver driving agility. The strut-type front suspension is used with coil springs, a large stabilizer bar and side-load-compensated front strut modules. The rear compound crank design with a double-wall, tubular V-shape beam profile and gas-charged twin-tube shocks combines all the advantages of a conventional torsion beam axle, including minimal space requirements, with low weight and consistent camber control. Noise-damping urethane spring isolators dampen noise. All models feature an electric power steering system that helps save fuel by drawing energy only when the steering wheel is turned.

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax carries a starting price of $20,995 for the LS trim level. LS, LT and LTZ trim levels are available including features such as rear park assist, heated front seats with leatherette trim, Bose seven-speaker sound system, fog lamps, roof rails, six-way power driver seat adjuster, power sliding sunroof and more. All-wheel drive is offered for $1,500. A top-of-the line LTZ model, with all-wheel drive, a power sunroof and roof rack cross rails, will run a buyer about $28,550.

Servicing the Trax

The 2015 Chevrolet Trax is equipped with an oil life monitoring system. When the % CHANGE DIC message displays, drivers should have the engine oil and filter changed within the next 600 miles (1,000 km). If driven under the best conditions, the engine oil life system may not indicate the need for vehicle service for up to a year. The engine oil and filter must be changed at least once a year and the oil life system must be reset.

Every 7,500 miles (12,000 km):

Check engine oil level and oil life percentage. If needed, change engine oil and filter, and reset oil life system.

• Check engine coolant level

• Check engine cooling system hoses and connections

• Check windshield washer fluid level

• Visually inspect windshield wiper blades for wear, cracking or contamination; replace worn or damaged wiper blades

• Check tire inflation pressures

• Inspect tire wear

• Visually check for fluid leaks

• Inspect engine air cleaner filter

• Inspect brake system

• Visually inspect steering, suspension and chassis components for damaged, loose or missing parts or signs of wear

• Check restraint system components

• Visually inspect fuel system for damage or leaks

• Visually inspect exhaust system and nearby heat shields for loose or damaged parts

• Lubricate body components

• Check starter switch

• Check automatic transmission shift lock control function

• Check ignition transmission lock

• Check parking brake and automatic transmission park mechanism

• Check accelerator pedal for damage, high effort or binding; replace if needed

• Visually inspect gas strut for signs of wear, cracks or other damage; check the hold-open ability of the strut

• Inspect sunroof track and seal, if equipped

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED SERVICES – NORMAL

Every 22,500 miles (36,000 km) or every two years:

• Replace passenger compartment air filter

Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every two years:

• Visually inspect accessory drive belts for fraying, excessive cracking or damage; replace, if needed

Every 37,500 miles (60,000 km):

• Replace spark plugs; inspect spark plug wires

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km):

• Inspect evaporative control system; check all fuel and vapor lines and hoses for proper hook-up, routing and condition

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km) or every three years:

• Replace brake/clutch fluid

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km) or every four years:

• Replace engine air cleaner filter

Every 150,000 miles (240,000 km) or every five years:

• Drain and fill engine cooling system

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED SERVICES – SEVERE

Every 22,500 miles (36,000 km) or every two years:

• Replace passenger compartment air filter

Every 30,000 miles (48,000 km) or every two years:

• Visually inspect accessory drive belts for fraying, excessive cracking or damage; replace, if needed

Every 37,500 miles (60,000 km):

• Replace spark plugs; inspect spark plug wires

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km):

• Inspect evaporative control system; check all fuel and vapor lines and hoses for proper hook-up, routing and condition

• Change automatic transmission fluid

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km) or every three years:

• Replace brake/clutch fluid

Every 45,000 miles (72,000 km) or every four years:

• Replace engine air cleaner filter

Every 150,000 miles (240,000 km) or every five years:

• Drain and fill engine cooling system

Fluids and Capacities

Motor Oil: Dexos 5W-30; capacity is 4.2 quarts (4.0 liters)

Coolant: Dex-Cool; capacity is 7.7 quarts (7.3 liters)

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