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Chevrolet Trailblazer – Powerful Competition

So it’s been a long time since we heard from Chevy. And now they have this. The Trailblazer. This new SUV from Chevy will replace Captiva. Of course this is way bigger than Captiva but now Trailblazer is the only SUV in Chevy India’s portfolio.

Built on a traditional body-on-frame chassis, the Trailblazer is the widest among the competition. Wider than the soon to be launched new Ford Endeavour and the updated Fortuner which is coming up next year.  At 2845mm, the wheelbase is longer but marginally lesser than the upcoming Endeavour. At 253mm ground clearance the Trailblazer rides higher too!

Now coming to the looks, this big Chevy has that family face you have seen in the Chevys these days. It has the traditional two part grille and a sharp looking projector headlamps. It doesn’t say much on the side, but the rear bit reminds you of Fortuner. The tail lamps is made completely with LED.

The Trailblazer offers you all the creature comforts, gadgets and gizmos you’d expect from a car of this segment. The interior features a blue illuminated dual cockpit style design which Chevrolet says inspired from Corvette. The steering wheel feels nice and has the controls for audio and cruise control. The center console features a 7″ touch screen infotainment system where you can pair your smartphone for music, contacts and so on. Remember to remove the protective cover before to use it properly. The Trailblazer comes with the 6 speaker stereo system as standard. To keep you cool, Trailblazer features a tropicalized automatic climate control system. What that means is it can resist to extreme temperatures and can quickly cool the cabin.

The longer wheelbase means lots of space and there’s no problem to stretch your legs. Even the tall passengers can feel comfortable

With all the seats up, its 205 liters of space. If you fold down third row, you can achieve 878 liters of space. If you want more, you can fold down middle row as well to achieve 1830 liters of cargo space.

The Trailblazer is powered by 2.8L Duramax diesel engine. Duramax family of engines is jointly developed by GM and Isuzu. This 2.8L diesel produces 200ps of power at 3600rpm and 500nm of torque at 2000rpm. This is the most powerful engine among all the competition. If you have driven any of the Trailblazer’s competitors, you feel this engine is much more refined. The 6 speed torque converter automatic is cleverly tuned to bring the best out of this engine.

The standard safety as you’d expect from a car of this segment kit includes dual front airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, Electronic stability control, ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, cornering brake control, hill start assist and hill descent control, Traction control, panic brake assist, brake assist and many more. One more safety feature is the crash sensor which disengages central locking upon impact.

The Trailblazer is offered only in 2WD variant in India. And that decision kinda makes sense considering the fact that most of the buyers wont venture offroading.

The Trailblazer is priced li’l higher than the competition and that is partly because its coming to India through CBU route.  But as long as you know that this big chevy is spacious and offers you more power than the competition, you’d be fine. And if you’re in the market for an SUV of this segment, then the Trailblazer deserves a serious consideration. Afterall  it’s a 500NM of powerful competition.

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