The concept was first unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, with the final model unveil having happened at the 2013 North American International Auto Show. It was then available for test driving at the 2013 Montreal Auto Show, with four essay models shown.
In Canada, the Trax was the first compact Chevrolet crossover SUV since the discontinuation of the Tracker (read below). The vehicle started shipping on April 2, however pre-sales began as early as the fourth quarter of 2012 for both Mexico (1.8L) and Canada (1.4L Turbo). Korean sales started at late February 2013.
On April 15, 2014, Chevrolet announced that the Trax will come to the United States as a 2015 model, buoyed by the success of the Buick Encore (the Trax and Encore share the GM Gamma II platform) and possible competition from the Jeep Renegade. The US-market Trax is largely unchanged from the global version, but has some US-specific features including OnStar with AT&T 4G LTE and SiriusXM satellite radio.
The US version is powered by the 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 138 bhp (103 kW; 140 PS) at 4,900 rpm and 148 lb⋅ft (201 N⋅m) at 1,850 rpm. Trailer towing is not recommended. Only the 6-speed automatic transmission is available.
Three trim levels, both available with front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive, are available: LS, LT and LTZ. Standard features on all trims include air conditioning; power windows; split-folding rear seat; tilting and telescoping steering-wheel; ABS; ESP; front, front and rear side, side-curtain airbags, and knee airbags; tire-pressure monitor; emergency communication system and parking assist.
Chevrolet performed a mid-cycle update on the Trax for the 2017 model year, first unveiled at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show on February 12, 2016. The updated Trax carried Chevrolet's Corvette-inspired design cues from the Malibu and Volt, including new halogen projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, dual taillights and a new grille design. A set of 18-inch aluminum wheels are offered on the Premier model trim. The interior is also redesigned with a new dashboard and center instrument panel. Overall, the 2017 facelift improves the Trax's perceived quality. The 2017 Trax went on sale in the fall of 2016.
Continuation in North America
The Trax will continue unchanged for the 2020 model year in North America. While a replacement was expected, it will instead be joined by a slightly larger model, the TrailBlazer (no relation to the previous North American or international mid-sized SUVs of the same name). Debuting in early 2020 for the 2021 model year, it will slot between the Trax and Equinox in Chevrolet's small SUV lineup. 
In China, the Trax was replaced by the new Tracker in 2019. It is the same size as the Trax, but built on a new platform (GEM) for emerging markets and not intended for North America.
Holden Trax (2013–present)
In Australia and the overall Oceania market, the Chevrolet Trax is offered under the Holden brand, as Holden is the Australian GM subsidiary. It went on sale in 2013.
In Russia and South America, the Trax is instead named the Chevrolet Tracker, which was the name used in North and Latin America from 1989–1991 and 1999–2008 for a Chevrolet/Geo version of the Suzuki Sidekick. In Russian, the name "Trax" would be too closely related to the word trakh (Rus. трах), which is a colloquialism for copulation.
Holden Trax (before and after facelift)
2014 Holden Trax LTZ
2017 Holden Trax LS
The Trax is offered in different markets with different choices of drivetrains. In Latin America the Trax is only available with the 1.8 liter gasoline engine. In Canada and the US, only the 1.4 liter turbocharged gasoline engine is offered. In Mexico and Australia (from 2015) it is available both in 1.8 liter and 1.4 liter turbocharged engines. European customers can choose between the 1.4 liter turbo gasoline engine, a 1.6 liter gasoline engine, and a 1.7 liter diesel engine.
The Trax is being produced by both GM Korea and General Motors Mexico for most global markets. Shanghai GM will also be producing the model for the Chinese market from the 2015 model year onward. GM Uzbekistan will also be producing this model, starting from the end of 2018.
The Trax is positioned below the compactChevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet Captiva (depending on country) in the current Chevrolet line-up. In Europe, some dealers started branding it as a "compact SUV". However, in Canada, where the Chevrolet Orlando is positioned as "mid-size CUV" and the Equinox is the "compact CUV", the Trax is branded as "subcompact CUV" instead.
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