Mike Stevens | Aug 14, 2012

Holden's upcoming Trax has already been revealed, but a set of new images released this week offer a new look at the compact SUV.

Shown in Chevrolet badging, the images also offer a first glimpse of the little SUV's rear-end - likely to be identical in Holden form. (Apart from that bowtie badge, of course.)

Under the skin, the Trax is identical to Opel's new Mokka and the Buick Encore. But while those two share much of their exterior styling, the Trax gets its own unique look.

Setting the little Chevy apart from its platform-mates is a new face with the familiar dual-port grille, along with meatier wheel guards and a new tailgate and tail-light design.

As with the locally-built Cruze small car, Chevrolet's styling will carry over to Australia's Trax largely unchanged, the one-piece Holden grille the only major change.

Internationally, engine options for the Trax will include a 1.6 litre petrol engine, the familiar 103kW 1.4 litre turbo, and a 96kW diesel four-cylinder.

Depending on specification, six-speed manual and automatic transmissions will be on offer (the former getting a stop/start system), along with front- and all-wheel-drive configurations.

Those seeking practicality in the cabin will find a 60/40 split-folding rear seat layout, and 358 litres of storage space with the rear seats in their upright position.

The Trax will hit Australia sometime in 2013, where it will tackle the Subaru XV, the Skoda Yeti and the upcoming Ford EcoSport.


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