Second-Generation 2021 Chevrolet Tracker Debuts in Argentina
The all-new 2021 Chevy Tracker gives us a good look at what could be our next Trax.
On sale since 2012, the Chevrolet Trax (aka "Tracker" in certain countries) has been one of General Motors' (GM's) most popular SUV's not just in North America, but globally. In need of a full redesign, Chevy has released the all-new 2021 Tracker in Argentina, where it will also be sold in other parts of Latin America. And while Chevy hasn't yet confirmed whether or not we'll be receiving the all-new Tracker as the Trax, the second-generation 2021 Chevrolet Tracker gives us a good look at what we can expect if the Brand decides to sell the Trax on North American shores. Read on to find out more about the Argentinian-market 2021 Chevrolet Tracker. NOTE: Any pricing discussed in this article includes a mandatory destination fee, but does NOT include any applicable taxes or other fees.
Making its debut for the 2015 model year, the Chevy Trax (also called the "Tracker" in certain countries) followed its Buick Encore cousin, which had been on sale since 2013, by a few years. For 2020, Buick introduced its all new Encore GX (the "GX" to distinguish the all-new vehicle from its slightly smaller Encore sibling) to the North American market, where it would be sold alongside its predecessor, and for 2021, Chevrolet reintroduces the Trailblazer name to North America, which was last used on a midsize SUV that competed with the likes of the Ford Explorer and Jeep Grand Cherokee in 2009. The all-new 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is a subcompact crossover (SUV) that slots in between the smaller Trax and larger Equinox in Chevy's North American SUV lineup. Like Buick has done with the original Encore, Chevy continues to sell the Trax alongside the Trailblazer for 2021, despite a reduced trim lineup.
The all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tracker, which recently debuted in Argentina, and will go on sale in other parts of Latin America, follows on the successful formula of the first-generation model it replaces, which had been on sale since 2012. However, the new Tracker features a sportier exterior design, and is roughly the same size as the North American-market Trailblazer, which it shares a platform with. Up front, that means front headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lamps (DRL's), a split front grille with a chrome bar splitting the two front grille sections, and "Boomerang-shaped" LED fog lamps integrated into the front bumper. Black front and rear wheel arches integrate into rugged-looking black lower accent moldings, and the second-generation Tracker trades its vertical rear tail lamps for higher-mounted horizontal units. Continuing with the rugged design theme, there's still a silver-painted skid plate integrated into the rear fascia. Also, not originally available on the first-generation Tracker, a dual-pane panoramic moonroof is now an option on the all-new Tracker.
Moving into the interior of the 2021 Chevrolet Tracker, the subcompact crossover SUV's (CUV's) interior is a huge leap forward from its predecessor. Mounted at the top of the instrument panel, a new eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system running the latest Chevrolet Infotainment 3 software, and integrating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (with optional wireless capabilities for both) replaces the old seven-inch unit (and also including OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi capabilities), and the steering wheel now features improved thumb grips and a flat-bottomed design. Although the Tracker still features traditional dual analogue gauges, a larger LCD display screen is positioned between them. A dual-zone automatic climate control system is also now available, replacing the single-zone only unit on upper trims.
Power for the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tracker will come from the same 1.2L Turbocharged Inline Three-Cylinder (I3) gasoline engine as in the Buick Encore GX and Chevy Trailblazer (codenamed the "LIH"), producing the same 137 horsepower and 162 lb. ft. of torque. If Chevy chooses to sell the Tracker as the Trax in North America, then we'll likely also see the 1.3L Turbocharged Inline Three-Cylinder (I3) gasoline engine (codenamed the "L3T"), which produces 154 horsepower and 174 lb. ft. of torque. While All Wheel Drive (AWD) is not available on the Argentinian-market 2021 Chevy Tracker, we should see both Front Wheel Drive (FWD) and All Wheel Drive (AWD) on a new Trax, should Chevy choose to sell it here (the latter option will also include the 1.3T engine as standard equipment). Both six-speed manual and a Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT) transmissions are available on the South American-market Chevy Tracker, although North American Trax models will see either Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT) (on Front Wheel Drive (FWD) models) or nine-speed automatic transmissions (on All Wheel Drive (AWD) models) (it's very likely that no manual transmission option will be available on the North American-market Trax, as neither the existing Trax or larger Trailblazer offer one as an option).
Chevrolet will produce the all-new 2021 Tracker for the Latin American market at General Motors' São Caetano do Sul, São Paulo, Brazil Assembly Plant, although the Chevy Trax (at least for the North American market) is produced one of three of GM's assembly plants: GM Korea's Incheon, South Korea Assembly Plant, the San Luis, Potosi, Mexico Assembly Plant, as well as Lake Orion, Michigan Assembly Plant in the United States (U.S.A.), and second-generation Trax production is likely to continue at these facilities if it is sold in North America. In Argentina, the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tracker is available in four different trim levels: Tracker (Base) Manual (1,361,900 ARS, or about $19,080 USD at the current exchange rate), Tracker (Base) Automatic (1,503,9900 ARS, or about $21,070 USD at the current exchange rate), LTZ Automatic (1,643,900 ARS, or about $23,030 USD at the current exchange rate), and Premier Automatic (1,819,900 ARS, or about $25,500 USD at the current exchange rate). We expect second-generation North American Chevrolet Trax pricing to range from about $21,000 for base models, to around $28,000 for more loaded models. What do you think of the Argentinian-market 2021 Chevrolet Tracker, and do you think that Chevy will sell it as the Trax here in North America? Let us know in the comments down below, and stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!