Chevrolet Trax 2018 Philippines: Review, Price, Specs, Interior & more

Apr 23, 2018
Editor's rating 3.0
User's rating 3.0
  • Table of contents
  • 1. Chevrolet Trax 2018 Philippines Review: Introduction
  • 2. Chevrolet Trax 2018 Exterior
  • 3. Chevrolet Trax 2018 Interior
  • 4. Chevrolet Trax 2018 Philippines: Engine & Performance
  • 5. Chevrolet Trax 2018 Specs
  • 6. Chevrolet Trax 2018 Philippines: Prices
In terms of mechanic, the Chevrolet Trax 2018 Philippines remains rather the same, and for that reason, it will still be an exciting but sensible commuter car.

1. Chevrolet Trax 2018 Philippines Review: Introduction

Back to a few years ago, if a Filipino car enthusiast was asked which sub-compact crossover would come to his mind first, the name Chevrolet Trax might not stand a chance to pop out. However, things have gradually changed thanks to the hard work of the US carmaker in continuously giving the vehicle important improvements, both inside and out.

The most recently-refreshed version of the Trax was launched at the Manila International Auto Show last year with a slimmer exterior design, more premium interior and a fresh turbocharged engine. Although these revisions might not help it beat out more popular crossovers like the Suzuki Vitara and Ford EcoSport in the local market, there are still some good reasons why the Chevrolet Trax 2018 Philippines is still worth your consideration.

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2. Chevrolet Trax 2018 Exterior

The jellybean styling of previous Trax should be partly responsible for the lower-ranking position of the car compared to other crossovers. Fortunately, the carmaker did realize this weak point and gave the 2018 Chevrolet Trax exterior with just exact tweaks to become much more impressive.

Gone is the clumsy-looking nose which is now replaced by a sharper frontend. The rear also receives some refreshments with a set of new LED tail lamps and less unpainted surfaces. In general, the Chevrolet Trax exterior has been improved significantly, earning it a far more attractive look even when wearing the most generic coat of Summit White.

The angular front of The Chevrolet Trax 2018

The Chevrolet Trax now becomes much more impressive thanks to proper exterior revisions

The angular rear of The Chevrolet Trax 2018

The rear also receives some refreshments with a set of new LED tail lamps

3. Chevrolet Trax 2018 Interior

​Not only receiving significant enhancement to its look, the 2018 Chevrolet Trax interior also gets tremendous updates. The former Trax’s cabin may make us feel like the brand was making an effort to bring down the price. On the other hand, this new model welcomes us with a completely different impression.

Another disappearance is the motorcycle-styled gauge cluster whose replacement is the one coming equipped with a vertically-resting analog speedometer and tachometer while on the right comes a mono-chrome multi-info screen, which may not look as good as the previous but be easier for the eyes and perform trip information better.

The front seats' view in The Chevrolet Trax 2018

The motorcycle-styled gauge is replaced by a vertically-resting analog speedometer and tachometer

This year model also brings out solutions for the superfluity of almost useless cubbies and slots. Some may feel sorry for no longer having a place to locate their knick-knacks like toll cards and coin; however, its replacement won’t disappoint you; they are a nice leather padded strip, a piano black trim surrounding the infotainment screen, and metallic highlights around the vents. If someone is concerned about the storage, then he/she should be relieved because with a decent-sized glovebox as well as a storage tray right above the shifter, it is just enough.

Still, there are a little hard plastics spread around though this time they are located at places the driver and passengers don’t encounter often.

The dashboard of The Chevrolet Trax 2018

On the right comes a mono-chrome multi-info screen performs trip information better

The newly-added MyLink system to the Chevrolet Trax interior is also applauded not only because it displays better graphics on the 7-inch screen but also because it gets more sensitive and solid. The system features Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and smartphone mirroring.

The gear switch of The Chevrolet Trax 2018

Still, there are a little hard plastics spread around

Despite its many flaws, the outgoing model still owned certain good points and one of which is that it was designed to improve the occupants’ experience. Fortunately, this strength is still kept and even further enhanced in the 2018 Trax.

In particular, the seats are dressed up with new patterns though still no ribcage hugging support. Nonetheless, driver can still feel a sense of comfort thanks to the support of an armrest. If you get accustomed to small crossovers or passenger cars, you will notice that the seating position of the Trax has been raised higher. This leads to a less sporty sense yet offers better visibility and allows easier ingress as well as egress. While the driver and the front passengers get more room than those sitting in the back, there is still decent legroom for rear passengers to comfortably accommodate 2 - 3 adults. Worth of note, rear passengers are offered with their own armrests with cupholders and even a 230-volt socket.

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Front seats of The Chevrolet Trax 2018

The driver and the front passengers get more room than those sitting in the back

Rear seats of The Chevrolet Trax 2018

The rear passengers are offered their own armrests with cupholders and a 230-volt socket

Cargo space of The Chevrolet Trax 2018

The one great thing characteristic of the Trax is its load space with the flat and squared-out cargo room

The one great thing characteristic of the Trax is its load space. With the flat and squared-out cargo room and rear seats up, the car owner should not be worried about if it is enough for a whole week’s groceries because obviously the answer is yes. These seats can be folded flat as well and when they are, the model may even go head-to-head with larger crossovers as far as cargo space is concerned.

4. Chevrolet Trax 2018 Philippines: Engine & Performance

​In terms of mechanic, the Chevrolet Trax 2018 remains rather the same, and for that reason, it will still be an exciting yet sensible commuter car.

Now come to talk about the engine, it is the really powerful 1.4-litre turbocharged with excellent low-end torque; however, it seems coarse and buzzy at the top end. The model uses six-speed automatic which is claimed to be the most computer-focused transmissions that can switch quickly to keep down the revs. The Chevy crossover's average fuel consumption is 7.14km/l, given that it runs at 13 km/h.

The headlight of The Chevrolet Trax 2018

We are all looking for LED ore HID headlights but there’s none

The taillight of The Chevrolet Trax 2018

The rear also features new LED taillights

The latest Trax is equipped with a suspension tuning carried over from the predecessor, which gets the car both pros and cons. While it can be denied that the vehicle brings about noticeable body roll and soft steering, not to mention being less sporty and entertaining than its competitors, it also needs to point out that the suspension goes excellently softly-sprung. It can handle toughest roughness really well. What’s more, the suspension will drive the wind and tire noise away. However, bad news is it’s wired to bounce and crash around small road enemies like cobblestones or gravel.

The front wheel of The Chevrolet Trax 2018

The Trax 2018 is equipped with a suspension tuning brought from the predecessor

The model comes with a more desired list of standard equipment which may satisfy any difficult customer. The list features the Android Auto-enabled MyLink infotainment system and Apple CarPlay going along with part-leather seats, tire pressure monitoring, camera-equipped rear parking sensors, downhill control, stability control, 6 airbags, foldable side mirrors with heated power, cruise control, and the push-start exclusively in the top-trim LT.

The side mirror of The Chevrolet Trax 2018

The price is supposed to come down for this lack but the brand doesn’t think so

To recap, the Trax 2018 model is born to be an excellent urban crossover gaining a more dynamic-looking exterior, upgraded equipment and better cabin design. However, it may be disappointing in terms of features it brings with such a high price. All things considered, it should be tagged with a more reasonable price to secure success.

5. Chevrolet Trax 2018 Specs

Chevrolet Trax 2018 Philippines Specs
 Ownership Chevrolet Trax 1.4 LT 2018
 Classification  Sub-compact Crossover
First launch 2015 (Refreshed in 2017)
Basics
Engine /Drive F/F
Number of Seats 5
Type of Body Five-door Crossover
Under the hood
Fuel Economy at Average Speed 7.14 km/L at 13 km/h
Cruise Control Yes
Transmission 6-speed Automatic
Fuel / Minimum Octane Gasoline / 95~
Nm at rpm 200 at 1,850-4,900
BHP at rpm 140 at 4,900-6,000
Layout / Number of Cylinders I4
Fuel Delivery Turbocharged
Aspiration EFI
Displacement 1.4 liters
Weights and Dimensions
Curb Weight 1,272 (kg)
Wheelbase 2,550 (mm)
Height 1,678 (mm)
Width 1,775 (mm)
Length 4,254 (mm)
Tires and Suspensions
Wheels Alloy
Tires Falken Ziex ZE912 215/55 R 18 H (f & r)
Rear Brakes Disc
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Suspension Torsion Beam Axle
Front Suspension MacPherson Strut, Independent.
Safety Features
Parking Sensors Yes, Rear with Camera
Traction /Stability Control Yes
ABS (Anti-Lock Brakes) Yes, with EBD
Airbags 6
Other Safety Features Tire Pressure Monitoring, Hill Descent Control
Exterior features
On-Board Computer Yes
Foldable Rear Seat Yes, 60/40
Seating Adjustment Leather/Fabric
Seating Adjustment Manual
Steering Wheel Material Leather
Steering Wheel Adjust Telescopic/Tilt
Convenience Features
Steering Controls Yes
Speakers 6
Audio System

Android Auto

Stereo

USB

Bluetooth

Apple CarPlay

Climate Control Manual
Power Mirrors Yes, with Fold
Power Windows Yes
Power Door Locks Yes
Power Steering Yes

6. Chevrolet Trax 2018 Philippines: Prices

With those improvements applied to the new Trax, they make us feel like some techno still missing. While we are pretty happy with what the 2018 model has to offer, a new set of LED ore HID headlights is also a welcome addition. One of the most disappointing miss may be the auto-climate control.

More disappointingly, the Chevrolet Trax cost is supposed to come down for this lack but the brand doesn’t think so. Let’s do a math, the Trax LT will be sold with a price of P1,535,888, a price that is even higher than the Honda HR-V or Mazda CX-3. Another math to solve here: Subaru XV with the All Wheel drive only costs more than this new Trax by just over P80,000.

So, what is your thought?

Chevrolet Trax price in the Philippines - 2018
Models 2017 SRP  2018 SRP  Difference
Chevrolet Trax 1.4 LS AT  P1,123,888  P1,185,888  P62,000
Chevrolet Trax 1.4 LT AT  P1,358,888  P1,535,888  P177,000

>>> Check out full Chevrolet Trax Philippines price list

Chevrolet Trax Review Philippines: Pros & Cons
Pros 
  • Look more attractive than its predecessor
  • More premium cabin
  • Roomy cargo space
Cons
  • No LED ore HID headlights
  • No auto-climate control
  • Price is higher than other crossovers of the same segment

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