A new compact SUV will be joining the market, from the looks of it. Reader Mohd Faizul sent in these pics of two unidentified SUVs on a trailer along the Kesas Highway, and while the front and rear badges are covered, the model name is clearly displayed on the hatch. It’s the Chevrolet Trax.

The Trax is GM’s compact global crossover that will go into an arena currently occupied by the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, the forgotten Ford EcoSport and the not-here-yet Toyota C-HR. There’s also the Renault Captur and recently facelifted Peugeot 2008. It may be a fresh entry here, but the Trax has been around the block – it first surfaced back in 2012, but the car seen here is the latest facelift that debuted a year ago.

In Asean, the facelifted Chevy Trax is currently available in Vietnam. In Indonesia, the Trax was launched in December 2015, and we covered it at IIMS 2016, but this refreshed Trax with the sharper face is yet to reach the Republic.

The Chevy’s 4,248 mm length is 47 mm shorter than a Mitsubishi ASX, but both have around the same width. The Trax has a 2,555 mm wheelbase and sufficient space to accommodate five persons in a comfortable high seating position, the company says Chevy. With the 60:40 rear seats folded, it can hold 1,370 litres of cargo and there are 15 compartments in the cabin.

In both Vietnam and Indonesia, the crossover is powered by a 1.4 litre Ecotec turbo engine with 140 PS and 200 Nm of torque, paired to a six-speed torque converter automatic with Tiptronic. This, should it be specified for Malaysia as well, will set the Chevy apart in a competitive class dominated by the Honda.

The images here show two trim levels. The blue car is of a higher spec, as it wears larger (possibly 18-inch) rims and silver-painted “underguard” panels on the front and rear bumper. Both cars come with LED daytime running lights, projector headlamps and fog lamps.

GALLERY: Chevrolet Trax facelift


GALLERY: Pre-facelift Chevrolet Trax at IIMS 2016