Chevrolet Trax Active concept bows at SEMA with better off-road skills image

The US automaker has decided that even small crossovers need to ascertain a higher level of prowess when going off-road so the attitude has been exhibited during the SEMA show in Las Vegas.

Chevrolet has been very busy at this year’s SEMA show – and we have another concept from the bow tie brand. The recently refreshed Trax subcompact crossover has bene given a more rugged appearance in time for the show. The Active concept was initially a 2017 model year Trax with all wheel drive – and now packs a raised suspension with wider tracks and 18-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires. The front and rear end also get cosmetic touches – as well as a roof-mounted LED light bar to complement the Thule case delivering extra cargo capacity. The body has been wrapped in a Satin Sandstorm finish and there are other touches – black fender flares and rockers or tinted headlights and taillights. We also noticed the red tow hooks, while the interior is color-coordinated with the exterior wearing a Jet Black hue and Satin Graphite accents.

The 2017 model year Trax has the usual turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 138 horsepower (102 kilowatts) and 148 pound-feet (200 Newton-meters) of torque – the powertrain also includes a six-speed automatic gearbox, but you can have the model in FWD or all wheel drive if you pay extra. The base version costs $21, 895 (including $895 destination) for the FWD model and $23,395 if you opt for the more capable AWD.

Meet the Trax Activ concept – a small SUV aimed right at the h