Chevrolet has confirmed details of its all-new compact SUV that will be sold in Australia as the Holden Trax from mid 2013.
The new details confirm earlier reports of a three-engine line-up and the availability of an on-demand all-wheel drive system.
The engines will include a 103kW/200Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol (currently powering the Holden Cruze) mated to a six-speed manual transmission and a 96kW/300Nm 1.7-litre diesel.
Chevrolet says both the 1.7-litre and 1.4-litre engines will be available with the AWD system, as well as with a six-speed automatic transmission. All manual transmissions will come linked to engine start/stop technology.
The third option is the front-wheel drive only-1.6-litre petrol, which, while its specifications weren't revealed, is likely to match the 85kW and 155Nm of the Trax's sister car, the Opel Mokka.
Inside, flexibility is key with a 358L boot, storage bins, stowage options located under the cargo floor, 60/40 split-fold rear seats and a front passenger seat that can be folded flat. Higher spec Trax variants will also benefit from an infotainment system that links smartphones to a seven-inch, high-resolution, full-color touchscreen display.
The Trax will also feature plenty of safety kit with with six airbags, electronic stability control, hill start assist, traction control, trailer stability assist and hill descent control.
Final Australian specifications of the Trax will be revealed ahead of its local launch, when it will become Holden's fourth SUV alongside the Captiva 5, Captiva 7 and ute-based Colorado 7, the latter arriving locally towards the end of the year.
The Chevrolet Trax will be sold in 140 countries around the world (but not in the US) following its debut at next month’s Paris motor show.