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 the Captiva. Of course, this is way bigger than Captiva but now the 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 2,845 mm, the wheelbase is longer but marginally lesser than the upcoming Endeavour. At 253 mm 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 the Fortuner. The taillamps are 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 the Corvette. The steering wheel feels nice and has the controls for audio and cruise control. The center console features a 7-inch touchscreen 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 a 6-speaker stereo system as standard. To keep you cool, the SUV features a tropicalized automatic climate control system. What that means is it can resist 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 tall passengers can feel comfortable
With all the seats up, it has got 205 liters of space. If you fold down the third row, you can achieve 878 liters of space. If you want more, you can fold down the middle row as well to achieve 1,830 liters of cargo space.
The Trailblazer is powered by a 2.8L Duramax diesel engine. The Duramax family of engines is jointly developed by GM and Isuzu. This 2.8L diesel produces 200 PS at 3,600 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. 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 the 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 won’t venture offroading.
The Trailblazer is priced li’l higher than the competition and that is partly because it’s 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. After all, it’s a 500 Nm of powerful competition.