UPDATE: The facelifted Holden Trax, shown here in its overseas but largely identical Chevrolet form, has now been confirmed for Australia. See bottom of article for details.
A facelift for the Chevrolet Trax has been revealed in the US ahead of its debut at the Chicago auto show, which starts later this week.
The updated Trax features a new front-end look with thinner, but wider, headlights, which on top-spec models incorporates LED driving lights. There’s also an iteration of the Chevrolet’s “dual port” grille design, as well as a new bonnet, front bumper, and front wings.
Around the rear, the changes are less dramatic, with a subtly redesigned rear bumper and new tail-lights the only noticeable changes.
As with the closely related Opel Mokka X, which was updated last week, the interior of the Trax has been given a substantial makeover.
The dashboard been redesigned and can now accomodate the company’s 7-inch touchscreen display for the MyLink infotainment system, which is compatible with both the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring standards.
While 4G LTE connectivity and Wi-Fi hotspot capability are available as well, the Trax misses out on the larger 8-inch display that’s present on the high-end Mokka X models.
Ahead of the driver there’s a completely revised instrument panel, which ditches the current car’s white-on-blue LCD speedometer for a more traditional design with analogue gauges flanking a trip computer display.
New features available in America-bound facelifted Trax models include keyless entry, push-button start, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning, and lane departure alert.
The revised Trax goes on sale in the US from the third quarter of 2016. CarAdvice understands that the facelifted Trax will definitely be coming to Australia, although the timing and exact details of the updates for our market have yet to be determined or announced.
UPDATE: Australian launch confirmed
Holden has now announced that the facelifted Trax will make its way to Australia “in the future”, with exact timing still to be confirmed.
However, given Holden’s usual launch schedule, post overseas unveiling, we can likely expect a late 2016 launch for the refreshed Trax, arriving as a model-year 2017 offering.
In a statement today, Holden said that the Trax’s makeover and equipment upgrade will build on the range’s solid – if not record-setting – sales run.
“Trax has resonated well with Australian drivers since its introduction in 2013. In only its second full year, Trax experienced a 6.2% sales increase, underlining its importance in the Holden range,” the company said.
“Holden will continue to focus on growth segments and further develop its SUV range, with Trax being the latest vehicle to be confirmed as part of the 2015 commitment to deliver 24 models over the next five years.”
This update to the Trax will make it the fifth Holden model to either feature or be confirmed to receive the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity platforms, joining the already-equipped Captiva and Insignia, and the confirmed Spark and Astra hatches.