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Laying new Trax: Chevrolet updates its littlest ute with tech and style

Despite only existing in the United States since the 2015 model year, Chevrolet's diminutive Trax will soon see some big upgrades.

The Trax was already aging in other markets when it came to the US, and its 2017-model-year update helps bring its face into line with other new Chevrolet offerings. Higher trim levels bring larger wheels and LED daytime running lights and taillights, but you'll see a fresher face staring back at you no matter which trim you opt for.

Changes are even more pronounced on the inside. The new instrument panel is leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor, featuring slicker screen integration and a more upscale look in general.

2017 Chevrolet Trax
Chevrolet

Thanks to a new electrical architecture, the Trax's MyLink touchscreen infotainment system will come with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity. Chevrolet's ubiquitous onboard 4G LTE connection is available, too.

Depending on the model, you can also pay for active safety features including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning and lane-departure warning. The powertrain remains the same no matter what -- a 138-horsepower, 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2017 Trax will go on sale in the fall in three trims -- LS, LT and Premier. There is no word yet on pricing.

 

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