Eager to capitalise on the popularity of compact crossovers, Chevrolet has launched its 2017 Trax across select dealerships in the the Middle East. Now on sale in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, the new Trax will be available in LT and LTZ trims.

For 2017, the Trax’s design has been refreshed with a new dual port grille, chrome accents around the fog lamp bezels, sleek halogen projector headlights with LED signature daytime running lights, and a restyled rear with dual taillights. It also brings new active safety features such as Rear Park Assist, Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a new infotainment system with Apple Car Play compatibility. “It’s a more sculptural, sophisticated design,” says Steve Kim, Chevrolet Trax designer. “There’s also a sporty streak in the new styling that speaks to the Trax’s agile, fun-to-drive personality,” he adds.

Inside, things look more upmarket than before, with a redesigned centre console anchored by a new 7.0in colour touchscreen and chrome trim on the instrument panel. Also new for 2017 is the instrument cluster in front of the driver, which features a new display with analog speedometer and tachometer and a digital readout for the standard driver information centre. Keyless entry and start have also been added to the new technology features.

Under the bonnet is a 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine, which is good for 140 horsepower, and returns a claimed fuel economy of 7.5 litres per 100km.