2000 TRACKER — THE PERFECT BLEND OF REFINEMENT AND RUGGEDNESS
DETROIT — On the heels of an all-new 1999 year, the Chevy Tracker builds on its success as an agile and durable small utility. Tracker owners love their small utility vehicle because of its sporty looks, overall power, nimble handling and compact size.
Several new colors are added for 2000, including Dark Blue Metallic on Four-Door models, Bright Blue Metallic for Two-Door models, and Copper Brown Metallic available on both configurations.
'Many Tracker owners can afford larger SÚVs, but buy a small SÚV because it's the ‘right' size for them,' said Margaret Brooks, Tracker brand manager. 'Many buyers believe Tracker is sized perfectly for zipping in and out of traffic and getting into tight parking spots.'
While it was Tracker's new styling that helped contribute to a very successful launch last year, it was new features and smart engineering that considerably contributed to improving its agility and performance, SÚV durability, and added room and comfort. Rugged Exterior Styling
Some of the major styling changes* on the 1999 Tracker include:
A lower roof line and sloping hood that contributes to a pleasing and sleek appearance
All-new sheet metal wîth a more sculpted, muscular look
A low-mounted spare that helped improve rearward driver visibility
An easy-to-use two-piece convertible top on Two-Door models. Customers have the choice of opening and folding the rear section, flipping back the sunroof section or doing both. The top fits tightly and is designed to help reduce wind noise at highway speeds.
Nimble, Agile, Stand-and-Deliver Performance
While Tracker's styling changed dramatically, equally dramatic changes were made under the skin. Its rear suspension features a five-link design and greater tread width. The lateral locating link on the rear suspension helps improve how the handling feels. Tracker utilizes a power rack-and-pinion §teering system that provides precise feel and responsiveness. Also changed was the front tread width which was increased by 2.4 inches, providing a wider stance for Tracker.
'Únlike some of the new unibody sport utilities, Tracker is built on a full ladder-type frame, just as every sport utility in the Chevy lineup,' says Brooks. 'A full frame helps Tracker achieve ride comfort by providing two levels of isolation. The suspension provides one level of isolation, and rubber body mounts between the body and frame provide a second level.'
Tracker features a 2.0 liter 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine for 2000. The 2.0-liter engine is standard on Four-Door models and optional on the Two-Door Convertible. New for '99, this engine generated a 34-percent increase in horsepower than the previous generation Tracker. SÚV Durability and Strength
Source - GM Corporation
One of Tracker's greatest strengths is that it lives up to its sport utility heritage wîth outstanding durability, both on and off road. 'Tracker is an authentic SÚV, built to handle very rugged terrain,' says Brooks. 'That's important, because people choose sport utilities for their ruggedness and durability, even if they go off-roading only occasionally.'
Tracker's sturdy ladder frame has the same basic design as other Chevrolet sport utility vehicles. The frame acts as a foundation that supports the body and the powertrain and anchors the suspension components.
Four-wheel-drive models featured an improved four-wheel-drive system for 1999. 'Shift-on-the-fly' allows the driver to shift into and out of four-wheel-drive high at any speed below 60 mph, on demand. The two speed transfer case features 4-wheel-low, which helps Tracker out of tough spots, on or off road.
Tracker uses an anti-flex beam located under the hood that helps stiffen the front suspension and body structure (with 2.0-liter engine).
Wide Open Room and Comfort
Both Two- and Four-Door models have ample room, comfort and convenience. For instance, Tracker Four-Door models allow enough space for three passengers in the rear seat.
The adjustable tilt §teering allows better articulation of the §teering wheel than the previous generation's design and spacious storage areas have been incorporated throughout the vehicle. A few include:
Sunglass holder in the instrument panel
Convenient door pockets
Center console featuring cup holders that are square instead of round, accommodating everything from cups to juice boxes to a box of french fries.
Inside the Two-Door, the rear seat can be folded and stowed out of the way for more room.
The rear compartment on Two-Door models is passenger-friendly, wîth comfortable multi-use armrests and refined interior trim. An optional rear lockable storage compartment offers added security and is removable when maximum cargo space is needed.
'Chevy trucks offer the 's widest range of sport utilities, which gives us an incredible marketing advantage,' says Brooks. 'We can tailor each product line to the specific needs of target buyers. When their needs change, and they start lòòking for more room or more engine power, we have a product they can move into.'
In addition to Tracker, other Chevy sport utility vehicles include:
The compact SUV Geo Tracker was produced from 1990 through 2004. In Canada it was sold by GMC while in the United States it was sold by Chevrolet. It was sold by Pontiac as the Sunrunner until 1997. The Tracker was basically a rebadged Suzuki Escudo.
The 4WD, 2-door, convertible version was seen by many buyers as a less-expensive alternative to the Jeep Wrangler. By 1997 a four-door, four-wheel drive hardtop version was introduced.
Power was supplied from a 1.6-liter SOHC engine, later changed to a 2-liter engine in 2003. A manual gearbox was standard while the automatic was standard. A two-wheel drive version became available in 1991.
In 2004 production ceased for the Chevrolet Tracker. It was replaced with the Equinox.
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006