General Motors has announced that it will be producing the all-new Chevrolet Trax compact crossover, along with a new generation of full-size pick-up trucks, at its assembly facilities in Mexico. In preparation for building these vehicles, GM has invested a total of $420 million into two separate facilities. The first assembly facility, in San Luis Potosi, will be tasked with producing the Trax and received $120 million in funds. The second facility, GM’s site in Silao, will get $200 million for production of the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, which will begin next year. In all, production of these new vehicles will create 1,000 new jobs.
GM is scheduled to officially unveil the Chevrolet Trax at the Paris Motor Show later this year. The compact crossover will be sold in 140 countries with one exception being the United States. Chevy’s new compact crossover will go on sale in the Mexican market during the fourth quarter of this year. The Trax will be built on the same platform that supports the Chevrolet Sonic and Aveo subcompact sedans. The Sonic, formerly known as the Aveo, is only sold in North America. While the rest of the world doesn’t get the Sonic, it does still get the Aveo.
While details about the all-new compact crossover’s length, weight, and fuel economy are sparse we do know that there will be three different engine options. A 1.4-liter turbo four-cylinder, 1.6-liter four-cylinder, and a 1.7-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder will all be available engine options. The five-door compact crossover will be either front- or four-wheel drive and will be sold in different markets around the world under separate global GM brands.
As for what actually will be coming to the American market, GM’s Silao facility will join in on producing the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The next generation trucks will replace the current model next year as a 2014 model. Thanks to Chevy’s new small block engine with direct injection, the next generation Silverado and Sierra are expected to turn in better fuel economy figures than those before it. Using high-strength steel and other light materials in order to cut some weight helps with fuel economy too. GM recently “leaked” photos of its trucks going through testing which indicates both variants are nearing completion. Production is set to begin sometime in 2013.
Stay tuned as more details surface on the Chevrolet Trax and for complete coverage of the 2012 Paris Motor Show.