Chevrolet says the Trax will not compete with the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka, its sibling model, even though both small SUVs will offer the same engines and transmissions.
There are enough visible and invisible content differences to set the cars apart, said James Federico, chief engineer for global compact, small, mini and electric vehicles for parent General Motors Co.
In Germany, the Trax costs about 2,000 euros ($2,600) less than the Mokka.
The Trax has a cheaper interior and fewer advanced electronic features than its sibling. For example, Trax buyers cannot order the camera-based Opel Eye that provides lane departure warning and traffic sign monitoring.
Chevrolet hopes to appeal to younger buyers by offering its MyLink telematics/infotainment system as standard on the Trax's upper trim levels. MyLink allows smartphone users access to Internet app services.