Paris, France – The main attraction this year at the Paris Motorshow is the Chevrolet Trax, which makes its world debut. As of spring 2013, Chevrolet’s first entry to the fast-growing small SUV segment will round out Chevrolet’s offer of capable SUVs alongside the seven-seater Captiva. Visitors also get to see the newly styled 2013 model year Spark and Chevrolet’s two Youth Concepts, Code 130R and Tru140S.
Trax is a modern, highly versatile yet fuel-efficient small SUV, offering car-like handling and all-wheel drive.
The engine line-up (in Europe) will include a 1.4L turbocharged gasoline unit, a 1.6L gasoline engine as well as a 1.7L turbo-diesel engine. The 1.4L turbo gasoline engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, cranks out 140 hp (103 kW) and produces a maximum torque of 200 Nm. The AWD system is available on variants that come with the 1.4L turbo gasoline or the 1.7L diesel engine.
The 1.7L diesel engine will deliver a power output of 130 hp (96 kW) and a maximum torque of 300 Nm. All powertrains with manual transmission come with Start/Stop functionality. Both the 1.7L diesel and the 1.4L turbo gasoline engine will also be offered with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Trax’ loading space can accommodate a maximum of 1370L. In addition to a 60/40 split rear seat, Trax boasts a front passenger seat which can be folded flat, offering additional flexibility in the segment. A total of eight seating combinations can be selected.
Upper trims will be equipped with Chevrolet MyLink as standard. Chevrolet MyLink is an infotainment system that aggregates content from smartphones onto a seven-inch, high resolution, full color touch-screen display. A dedicated navigation app which can be downloaded onto compatible smartphones will become available early next year. It will project the route from the smartphone onto the system’s touch-screen*.
A redesigned dual-port grille and front bumper as well as reshaped head lamp covers and fog lamps combine to give Chevrolet’s popular mini-car a fresh new face. Spark also features restyled 14 and 15-inch alloy wheels that accentuate its sportier, more grown-up stance.
At the rear, the center high-mounted LED stop lamp has been integrated into the spoiler above the window, resulting in improved rear visibility for the driver. Modifications carried out inside include new decor elements as well as a remodeled center console with enhanced storage.
Orlando goes turbo
(In Europe) Buyers of the Orlando will appreciate the punch of a 1.4L turbo gasoline engine which will complement the 1.8L gasoline and 2.0L diesel engines already on offer. This new unit has a power output of 140 hp (103 kW) and delivers a maximum torque of 200 Nm at 1,850~4,900 rpm.
It comes with standard Start/Stop functionality and a six-speed manual transmission. Average fuel consumption is 6.2L /100 km on a combined cycle. Thanks to the incorporation of Electric Power Steering (EPS) and Start/Stop functionality, the two proven variants of Orlando’s 2.0L diesel engine will become more fuel-efficient in a number of markets, with fuel savings of up to 11 percent on a combined cycle*.
Further features that are a novelty on the model year 2013 Orlando include an available rear view camera and a front passenger seat that can be folded flat.
Cruze station wagon and Malibu diesel now available
With the arrival of the Cruze station wagon at dealer showrooms across Europe, Chevrolet is offering a compact car that will particularly appeal to families and individuals with an active lifestyle. The station wagon, which complements the popular sedan and hatchback variants, is capable of accommodating up to 1,478 liters in its load space.
The powertrain offer comprises a 1.4L turbo gasoline and a 1.7L diesel as well as an upgraded 2.0L diesel engine, in addition to the nameplate’s proven 1.6L and 1.8L gasoline engines. The 1.7L diesel is the most frugal of Cruze’s engines, requiring just 4.5L/100 km.
Malibu is Chevrolet’s new flagship in Europe and stands out through its American style, roominess and five-star EuroNCAP safety. A diesel-powered variant of this midsized sedan can now be purchased at European dealerships.
This reliable and powerful engine delivers a maximum output of 160 hp at 4,000 rpm, and 350 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm. Zero to 100 km/h is 9.75 s for the manual transmission variant, with a top speed of 213 km/h.
Chevrolet Youth Concepts
Since their world premiere at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Chevrolet’s two Youth Concepts, Code 130R and Tru 140S, have graced several major shows with their stylish presence, including Washington, Chicago, Geneva, New York and Beijing. The 2012 Paris Motor Show offers another opportunity for car fans to view these two remarkable concepts.
Code 130R and Tru 140S were designed by Nicholas David and Joe Baker from the GM North Hollywood Design Center, based on input from young people below the age of 30 across the United States. The two vehicles explore the styling and functionality this group of buyers indicated they would like to see in a new car.
A host of enthusiastic feedback on the two vehicles has been obtained from visitors to previous auto shows. In total, close to 16,000 interested individuals responded to a variety of survey questions.