Are we looking at the next-generation Holden Trax?
The Chinese Government, of all sources, has released preview images of the new 2020 Chevrolet Tracker that will debut in that market later this month.
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Produced and sold in China alongside its platform sibling, the Buick Encore, the Tracker is also sold in other markets under the Trax nameplate. The new Encore II update was also leaked overnight, but unlike the new Tracker, it won’t leave China.
Scheduled to make its official debut at the Shanghai motor show, General Motors remains silent on what markets the new Tracker/Trax model will launch in. It will go on sale in North America later this year, however, spy shots from the US show a slightly different looking car, with a front-end similar to the Encore and rear-end like that of the Chinese Tracker.
Holden currently sources its Trax model from South Korea, but GM has been tightening its belt in the Asian country, closing a facility in Gunsan where the Holden Astra sedan was previously produced (and has since quietly left the line-up), and laying off workers. So it’s entirely possible we’ll see the next Holden Trax imported from North America, with the US version tipped to unveil itself at the upcoming New York motor show.
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In China at least, it will be powered by a 1.0-litre three-cylinder engine producing 85kW through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, but will likely be replaced with a more powerful unit in the US. The new model measures 4270mm long over a 2570mm wheelbase – 4mm and 15mm longer than the current Holden - and around 50mm lower in height.
Holden recently unveiled its new SUV campaign that seeks to build on its evolving position from successful passenger car maker to an SUV challenger brand. Wheels asked the lion brand for comment on the potential upcoming compact crossover replacement, but a spokesperson said it would not comment on future product.