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The Chevrolet Tracker is the newest subcompact crossover in PH

Under the hood is a powerful and efficient 1.0-liter turbocharged engine

The Chevrolet Tracker offers lots of tech that young buyers will find useful. PHOTO FROM CHEVROLET

Chevrolet Philippines proudly launched today the Tracker, a subcompact crossover model geared toward emerging markets in Asia and Latin America. The Tracker replaces the Trax in these markets with a sexier, better equipped package that offers more value and more toys.

Loaded with tech and other smart features plus stylish design cues, this car is expected by its distributor to attract a new generation of younger, tech-savvy car buyers. It has vehicles like the Ford EcoSport and the Geely Coolray squarely in its sights.

The aptly named 'Redline Edition' has tasteful red accents on the exterior. PHOTOS FROM CHEVROLET

The Tracker is made in China, allowing it to be priced competitively. Power for the local variants is provided by a turbocharged and intercooled 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine delivering 116hp and 175Nm. It drives the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode for more involvement and control when the mood hits you.

The latest-generation Chevrolet MyLink multimedia infotainment system has an eight-inch touchscreen display and supports Apple CarPlay. The feed from the reversing camera with a wide-angle lens can be viewed from this screen as well.

Styling is very youthful and exciting, aimed at millennials who want something edgy and different from traditional-looking Chevrolets of the past. The Tracker has many sharp, angular design cues such as the folds and the creases on the doors, the hexagonal front radiator grille, and the double-L LED daytime running lights that give it loads of futuristic sophistication more akin to Japanese, Korean and even the latest Chinese brands.

The red theme continues in the spacious cabin. PHOTOS FROM CHEVROLET

Two variants will be made available: the LS and the LT Redline Edition. The LS has machine-finished wheels and a two-tone jet-black-and-captain-blue interior, while the LT Redline Edition is equipped with a panoramic glass sunroof, projector LED headlamps, LED taillamps, push-start ignition, and automatic climate control. The latter has black 17-inch rims and red accents on the exterior.

The Tracker comes with an intelligent start/stop system and a host of active thermal management strategies for the engine to deliver better efficiency and reduce environmental impact for daily driving. The latest Bosch electric power steering also gives easy and seamless driving convenience.

Lastly, the vehicle is loaded with safety and convenience gear normally found on more expensive vehicles: ABS with EBD, traction and stability control, four airbags, tire pressure monitoring system, Isofix seat anchors, hill-start assist, and heated side mirrors.

With all these toys, the Tracker seems like a pretty good deal. PHOTOS FROM CHEVROLET

Below are the prices for the Tracker:

  • LS – P1,142,888
  • LT Redline Edition – P1,242,888

Chevrolet is offering a P30,000 discount on both variants until September 30, 2021. All vehicles come with a five-year warranty, and buyers are automatically enrolled in the 24/7 Chevrolet Roadside Assistance program for three years.

The design looks sharp, while specifications and equipment levels sound generous. We’re hoping this really shakes up the subcompact crossover segment and delivers better value to cost-conscious buyers in the Philippines.

Botchi Santos

Botchi is your friendly, walking car encyclopedia. He loves helping people choose the right vehicle for themselves as much as he enjoys picking the right one for himself. Expect him to write about car culture, test drives and car-shopping advice. His regular column is called ‘Car Life’.