2016 Chevrolet Trax Red Line Series Concept
With the 2015 SEMA show around the corner, manufacturers are in a crunch to get their latest and greatest ready for display. For Chevy, that means they have prepared a group of concepts known as the Red Line Series that showcases some of its best production and concept accessories for the Malibu, Camaro, Silverado 1500, Colorado, and the Trax.
According to Jim Campbell – the Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports for GM U.S. – “The Chevrolet Red Line Series concepts integrate accessories that offer greater personalization choices." And, he’s right – now that Chevy has previewed the group of concepts we can see that, but not all of the models are customized as much as you might think. Case in point: The Trax Redline Series Concept.
You can see a difference between the standard Trax and the Redline Series concept, but it’s nowhere near as customized and unique as the Camaro Redline Concept or the Malibu Redline Concept. We don’t have a whole lot to go on at this point, as previewing the models leaves some questions unanswered. Read on to see what we already know about the Trax Reline Series Concept and what we might see at its official debut on November 3rd.
Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Trax Red Line Series Concept.
2016 Chevrolet Trax Red Line Series Concept
On the outside, the Trax Redline has the same Enhanced Silver Metallic paint as the other Redline Concepts. The plastic trim that wraps around the bottom of the body appears to have received a darker black, which does give a shadowing effect that gives the body lines more of a 3D look. It has a custom, Charcoal roof panel with Thule roof mounts. Two cross rails bridge over the roof mounts to support luggage or other large items.
The Trax nameplate is gloss black with a red accent, and the taillight lenses have a mild-to-deep tint to them.
The window moldings, fog lamp bezels, grilles and grille surrounds, and mirror caps all sport Satin Graphite accents – all of which accent the darker trim that wraps around the lower body and wheel wells. The Trax nameplate is gloss black with a red accent, and the taillight lenses have a mild-to-deep tint to them. Speaking of tint, the side windows appear to have a four-inch tint strip along the bottom, while the entire hatch window has a medium tint to it. The bowtie emblems have also been replaced with black concept bowties that actually look better than the normal Chevy bowtie – at least on this model anyway.
The Redline Trax rides on 18-inch, five-spoke wheels that are available on the standard Trax, but don’t expect those wheels to have the red hash mark graphic between two of the spokes or the custom center caps. To give the Trax Redline Concept a slightly better stance, Chevy equipped it with its Concept Suspension Lowering Kit.
Previewing of the Redline Trax has left me with nothing but questions about the interior, as Chevy hasn’t said hardly anything about it. The only thing we know for sure is that the Redline Series Trax is equipped with premium floor mats and an all-weather cargo tray that is available as optional equipment on the production model.
It’s safe to say it will have the same features and accessories that come with the production model, but it is hard to believe the interior was left virtually stock otherwise. I would expect to see at least a red and black color scheme on the inside or maybe the red and black emblem on the dash.
The drivetrain is another area that Chevy left virtually untouched, at least as far as we know anyway. It’s safe to assume that the Redline Series Trax uses the same 1.4-liter, turbocharged engine that comes in the production model. It puts out 138 horsepower and 148 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive can be optioned on the production variant of the Trax, so I would bet that the Redline Series is equipped with at least that.
In the past, the “Redline” name has been used to describe performance-based models
In the past, the “Redline” name has been used to describe performance-based models, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw some minor upgrades to the drivetrain on the Redline Concept. I would expect nothing short of at least having performance exhaust system and an upgraded air intake system. Some computer tweaking could easily push the Redline Series Concept over the 150 horsepower mark, but I would expect that to see that kind of feature the production form of the Redline Series Trax and not the concept.
In the end, I like that GM is bringing back the Redline name, but it used to stand for performance. Right now, all of the Redline Series Concepts appear to lack in that department. The visual styling and upgrades are nice, but as far as the Trax is concerned, the Redline Series Concept seems a little lazy in comparison to the production model. Things like window tint and exterior trim color can all be altered aftermarket, and at a much cheaper price than what Chevy would probably ask for the Redline Series Variant.
To me, the Trax Redline concept is lacking is styling compared to the others – even the Malibu has red accents around the fog lights, but not the Trax. Outside of the red nameplate and the red hash marks on the optional wheels, there is no red. I expected to see at least some red inserts around the grilles, outlining around some of the trim. Not that I’m saying this concept is a bad idea altogether, but I sure hope Chevy doesn’t think the Redline Series Trax would be a big seller over the production model. Then again, there just might be a lot more that we haven’t seen yet. We’ll see what happens when it officially debuts on November 3rd.