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General Motors teases 2020 Holden Trax

By David Bonnici, 14 Jan 2019 Car News

General Motors teases 2020 Holden Trax

Holden might finally gain a small SUV to be excited about

A teaser image of what’s believed to be the next-generation Holden Trax crossover has appeared at a General Motors investor presentation on the eve of the Detroit Motor Show.

The shadowy image shows what appears to be the next Trax, which is sold with a Chevrolet badge in the US and other markets, sporting more aggressive lines that clearly reference the larger Chevrolet Blazer SUV (pictured below) - which is also reportedly on Holden’s wish list.

A new, aggressively-styled baby crossover can’t come soon enough for Holden, which sold just 5433 of the current six-year-old Holden Trax last year –  a 27 percent drop from 2017, and well behind main rivals including the Mitsubishi ASX (19,034), Mazda CX-3 (16,239) and Subaru XV (12,937). That result stings especially hard, given the small SUV category is one of the fastest-growing in Australia.

However the arrival of an all-new – and more attractive – replacement would fit well with Holden’s plans to progressively refresh its SUV portfolio, which since late 2017 has seen the introduction of the Holden Equinox mid-sized SUV and Holden Acadia seven-seater.

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Apart from spy shots of a heavily camouflaged test car, little is known about the second-generation Trax except that it’s likely to be built on GM’s new high-riding platform, dubbed VSS-S. With VSS-S engineered from the outset to be able to support right-hand drive models, it appears there should be few obstacles in the way of Holden receiving a much sharper replacement for its struggling small SUV.