The Tracker LT isn’t just a nimble crossover
2022 Chevrolet Tracker LT
Yes, it’s pretty nimble and nimble for something with a one-litre three-cylinder engine, but more on performance in a moment. First let me talk about the looks of Chevy’s first foray into the local crossover segment, the Tracker LT AT Redline.
Priced at P1,242,888, this is probably the best looking crossover on the market today. The thinning of the upper grille was arguably the best way to complement the bowtie badge. It looks super sexy now, especially with the slimmed-down automatic halogen projector headlights (with LED daytime running lights) on either side.
The lower grille has been widened for better cooling, as it’s a turbocharged unit, and the angled bumper gives it an edgy look for a more commanding presence on the road.
It has roof rails and more expressive lines on the sides (a rising character line and another near the bottom of the doors), but that sleek look is broken up by that old whip antenna sticking out the back. They look best with a shark fin design.
There’s a spoiler in the rear, a shapely tailgate, LED taillights, underbody trim and a fog light.
As a unit of the Redline Edition, it receives a factory appearance package which includes the black logo, black grille with red accent, black side mirrors with red accents and black 17-inch wheels with red hash marks.
Design-wise, there’s nothing in the same price range that looks better. The color combinations are perfect and its expressive body surface exudes a sensuality not often seen in today’s crossovers. Plus, the body cladding all around gives it a scruffy manliness.
The smart key allowed me to press a button on the handle to easily unlock the doors. With one of the longest wheelbases in the segment at 2,570mm and a good height of 1,618mm, it was easy to see why the cabin was tall and spacious.
All seats have “leather-style” upholstery (that’s what Chevy calls it in the brochure). Red stitching is visible around the cabin to match the exterior package. The seats feel good and secure, especially the way the headrest cradled my neck, but better side bolstering wouldn’t hurt.
There are no soft-touch surfaces, but the plastics don’t look cheap. The fit and finish is excellent, and the minimal use of silver trim around the vents and on the center tunnel looks stylish.
It receives a leather steering wheel with only audio and telephony controls. To access the driver information center in the panel, he unconventionally uses a button on the wiper stalk.
I like how the cabin is driver-centric, something you don’t get from most models in the segment. Essential equipment is geared towards the driver, including the eight-inch touchscreen. Buttons and controls are large but few in number to minimize confusion and distraction. Plus, it comes with Apple CarPlay and four USB ports (two in the front and two in the back.)
Its engine output of 116 horsepower and 175 Nm of torque is transmitted to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Like most modern turbo units, the boost comes in as early as 1,800-2,000 rpm, making it very lively. While it’s not even close to being the smallest crossover on the market, it easily cuts through traffic with its speed.
Despite the small displacement, it can keep the RPMs low even at 100 km/h. And the best part is that torque is available across the entire range, so overtaking is easy even at highway speeds. Average fuel consumption in mixed driving scenarios is a very good 15.3 km/l.
Comfort is up to segment standards, but the compound crank rear axle allows a good amount of vibration and noise from the road surface to seep through. If this is corrected in the next facelift, it could give this model a major advantage.
The steering is very light, which buyers of this body style prefer. Combine that with its power, and the result is a fun ride. It can handle corners well, but don’t expect sedan-level rollover resistance.
I like how the high ceiling also gave me a great view of the road and eliminated blind spots. For any driver, it’s a huge confidence booster.
There are a few minor quirks, but overall, as a first-gen, it’s leaps and bounds over its Chinese-branded counterparts. Full disclosure, this is also a made in China unit made by SAIC General Motors Corporation Limited.
As I said at the beginning, it’s not just an agile unit. The 2022 Chevrolet Tracker LT is one of the best-designed, roomiest and most powerful models in its segment today.
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