After the successful launches of the Colorado pickup and Trailblazer 7-seat SUV, Chevrolet has been on the hunt for its next hit vehicle. That new vehicle may already be here in the Philippines, in the shape of the all-new Chevrolet Tracker. The Tracker is a subcompact SUV that carries sleek styling, all the expected comfort and convenience features, and a segment-unique powertrain: a turbocharged gasoline 1.0-liter engine. The Tracker replaces the Trax within the Chevy lineup.
The new Tracker is built on GM’s Global Emerging Markets platform. It will be used for a slew of vehicles destined for China, ASEAN, and Latin America. The Tracker slots right in to the expected specs for a subcompact SUV: 4270mm length x 1791mm width, on a 2570mm wheelbase.
Chevrolet Tracker is powered by an interesting engine: a 1.0-liter 3-cylinder DOHC turbocharged gasoline unit. The lightweight, eighth-generation Ecotec engine is expected to produce 114ps. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain includes an automatic Start-Stop system to increase fuel efficiency.
Up front, the Tracker has some of the beady countenance of the Camaro, with slim headlamps, a chrome accent above it large blacked-out hexagonal grille. This is Chevrolet’s new-generation SUV design language, including the U-shaped “power dome” on the hood, and Z-shaped lines on the flanks. The double L-shaped LED daytime running lights use light-guide LEDs. A panoramic moonroof opens up the Tracker for fresh air on clear days and nights.
Inside, the Tracker will have an 8-inch touchscreen that incorporates Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and Chevrolet MyLink connectivity. It will also display the image from the HD reverse camera. Expect plenty of storage in the Tracker, with numerous cubbyholes and compartments front and rear. The rear seats can be split-folded to provide additional luggage space—up to 1278 liters.
We expect the new Tracker to debut with a price hovering near the P1.2 million sweet spot for this category. Official launch of the Tracker will be on July 1, and some dealers may already have it on display.
The Tracker looks good in photos, boding well for its prospects in the Philippines, where looks count for a lot. The larger Trailblazer that debuted in China alongside the Tracker looks similarly sleek and attractive. That compact crossover is not expected to directly replace the current pick-up based Trailblazer, and we speculate that it could be launched here with a different nameplate.
Of course, what Philippine enthuasists are eagerly awaiting is the all-new, mid-engined Corvette. Don’t hold your breath, though—the new Corvette probably won’t make it to these roads this year. With copious demand for the Corvette, production is booked out months in advance. We may see the Corvette launch by next year.
Another brand to watch out for under The Covenant Car Company will be Cadillac. The luxury brand that is the pinnacle of General Motor’s offerings is expected to be officially available this year. Exciting times, then, for GM in the Philippines.