Will Chevrolet Trax mark the company's entry in compact SUVs in India

Tuesday 12 March 2013, 11:13 AM by

General Motors India Private Limited (GMIPL), the domestic arm of multinational American car maker General Motors, is believed to be working on its Chevrolet Trax compact Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in the domestic market. The upcoming Chevy Trax seems like GM India's desperate bid to command a decent share in the auto market and countering the rising popularity of Renault Duster and Mahindra Quanto compact SUVs.

Will Chevrolet Trax mark the company
Will Chevrolet Trax mark the company's entry in compact SUVs in India

At present, the small SUVs remain one of the hottest selling segments of the Indian passenger car market, with the likes of Duster and Quanto recording some impressive sales. The yet-to-be launched Chevrolet Trax looks like a great prospect for the American auto major's Indian operations and with an attractive introductory price tag might just become its next volume puller. Inspired by the astonishing sales of Duster and Quanto, General Motor's compatriot Ford India has lined up its EcoSport compact for launch in domestic car market.

Coming to under-the-hood specifications of Chevy Trax, the compact SUV is anticipated to be launched in both petrol and diesel powered options in India. The petrol Trax is anticipated to come fitted with a 1.4 Litre turbocharged motor mated with a 5-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox. On the other hand, the diesel Chevy Trax trim could incorporate a 1.5 litre diesel motor under its hood.

General Motors India has not yet revealed a specific time frame for the launch of Chevrolet Trax compact SUV. However, industry sources have suggested that the Trax could see Indian daylight somewhere by the end of 2013 calendar year. The compact SUV is expected to carry introductory price tags close to Rs. 10 lakhs. It is going to be interesting to see how the Chevy Trax performs if it is pitched against the likes of Renault Duster, Mahindra Quanto and possibly Ford EcoSport, upon its arrival on Indian turf.

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