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July 30, 2015: General Motor has unveiled the Trailblazer SUV in India today. To go against the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour and Hyundai Santa Fe, the big-bulky SUV is 4,878mm long, 1,902mm wide and 1,834mm high, and has a large wheelbase of 2,870mm. It is expected to be priced around INR 25 lacs and based on the company's successful pick-up truck Colorado. The American auto major will bring the TrailBlazer to India in October via the CKD route and will be assembled at their Talegaon plant.
Chevrolet Trailblazer is a muscular sports utility vehicle, which is currently available in several global markets. Now it is spotted testing on Indian roads and is expected to be rolled out sometime this year. As per the news available, it is going to come with the same technical specifications, which are in the car market of Thailand. Apart from the power train, this sports utility vehicle is fitted with all the features, which are being sold in global car markets. It is anticipated to come with two diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Its 2.8-litre motor can displace 2776cc and integrated with four cylinder. It has the capacity of churning out a maximum power of 200bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 500Nm. At the same time, its 2.5-litre power plant comes with a displacement capacity of 2499cc. This engine can churn out a peak power of 163bhp along with a commanding torque output of 380Nm. Both these motors are mated with a six speed automatic and manual transmission gear box, depending on the variants. It has the ability to deliver impressive performance, which helps it in providing exceptional off-road performance. The company has given it an efficient braking and reliable suspension mechanism, which helps in keeping the vehicle well balanced and stable. Its braking mechanism is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution. There will be other aspects like hill start assist and traction control that further adds to the advantage. At the same time, the suspension system is further improved by electronic stability control and trailer sway damping. It has a large wheelbase along with a decent ground clearance, which makes it capable for off-roading and dealing with any road conditions.
On the other hand, this yet to be launched vehicle is expected to come with a spacious internal cabin that has ergonomically designed seats. It provides ample leg space and head room for all occupants, which helps in giving a pleasurable driving experience. Its seats are very comfortable and covered with premium fabric or leather upholstery, depending on the variants. The seats not only do the basic work of providing comfort, but go one step further in ensuring you are seated in a cocoon of comfort. Every bit of the interiors boast of high quality trim work and showcases best in class fit and finish. In terms of features, the cabin is bestowed with an innovative aspects, which are an adaptive cruise control with braking guard, which has intelligent automatic speed and distance control system for added comfort. It helps in maintaining required distance to vehicle ahead by braking and accelerating using radar system. It has an advanced surround sound system with 10-speakers that enhances the ambiance of cabin. As far as its safety is concerned, the company has given it a number of innovative features with driver assist technologies that gives the occupants a stress free driving experience. It is equipped with lane change alert with side blind zone, dual airbags, parking assist, height adjustable head restraints, remote control central door lock,anti theft security system and many more for keeping the passengers as well as vehicle safe. Other features include a smooth dashboard with a lot of features, air conditioning system, leather wrapped steering wheel and various other aspects that gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience.
The exteriors of this SUV are designed with an aggressive radiator grille, which is embedded with a gold plated company insignia in the center. It is flanked by a radiant headlight cluster with day time running light. Its neatly crafted wheel arches are expected to be fitted with a set of steel or alloy wheels, depending on the variants. The electrically adjustable external wing mirrors are integrated with side turn indicator and comes with electrically adjustment function. Apart from these, it also has a set of roof rails, side stepper, body colored bumpers with skid plate, a pair of fog lamps, a large windscreen with a set of intermittent wipers and several other aspects, which gives the vehicle a captivating look on the roads. All these features put together makes it one of the good looking vehicle in its segment. This vehicle will compete against the likes of Mahindra XUV 500, Isuzu MU 7, Mahindra Ssangyong Rexton and others in this segment.
This model series will come with rugged exteriors, which are fitted with a number of striking features and gives it a captivating look on roads. The company is expected to offer this sports utility vehicle in quite a few exterior paint options to select from. Starting with the frontage, it has a large dual port radiator grille with a lot of chrome treatment. It is embossed with a prominent company insignia in the center. This grille is surrounded by a well crafted headlight cluster that is powered by bright projector lamps with headlight leveling device. It also has LED day time running lights, which gives the frontage a distinct look. Just below this, the company has given it a body colored bumper, which is accompanied by black finished cladding for preventing the vehicle from minor damages. This bumper is fitted with a pair of LED fog lamps that adds to the visibility, especially in bad weather conditions. It has a large air dam for cooling the powerful engine quickly. The windscreen is made of toughened laminated glass and fitted with a couple of rain sensing wipers. Coming to its side profile, it is elegantly designed with a lot of visible character lines and a lot of chrome inserts. The outside rear view mirrors are silver finished with black insert, while door handles are in silver. The chrome plated window sill and B-pillar further enhances the look of it sides. The ORVMs comes with electrically adjustment as well as retractable function and are integrated with side turn blinker. The flared up wheel arches are fitted with a set of alloy or steel wheels, depending on the variants. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres, which provides superior grip on any road conditions. Its rear end has a large boot lid, which is embedded with variant badging and a thick chrome strip. The body colored bumper is fitted with a pair of reflectors along with fog lamps. It is also accompanied by a silver skid plate, which prevents the vehicle from minor damages. Apart from these, it also has large windscreen with a defogger and wipe function. The sporty rear spoiler is integrated with a LED high mounted stop lamp that adds to the safety quotient. Its radiant taillight cluster is incorporated with halogen based reverse and brake lights along with turn indicator.
This sports utility vehicle is expected to come with the overall length 4866mm along with a total width of 1902mm that includes external rear view mirrors. Its decent height is 1848mm, which also includes roof rails and offers enough head room for all occupants. The large wheelbase measures at 2845mm and it also has a decent ground clearance as well, which makes it capable for off-roading.
The internal cabin of this upcoming SUV series is extremely spacious and provides enough leg space along with head and shoulder room for all occupants. It is designed in black and beige color scheme and incorporated with a number of sophisticated features. Its driver oriented cockpit comes with a commanding driving position and ergonomically positioned control switches, which are easy to reach. Its steering wheel comes with four way manual adjustment function and it is wrapped with premium leather upholstery. This is mounted with illuminated control switches and decorated with the company's emblem in the center. The advanced instrument cluster is equipped with two round shaped meters and a multi-information display that provides proper information to the driver, while traveling. It features quite a few functions like digital tachometer, outside temperature display, fuel levels, trip-computer, a digital clock and several notification lamps for keeping the driver updated. The company has given it a lot of utility based aspects, which are bottle holders in all doors, floor mats, electro-chromic inside rear view mirror with digital compass and 4.3-inch LCD monitor, courtesy lights, chrome plated inside door handles, tripmeter, luggage compartment hook, pop-up headlamp washer and rear parcel shelf. In terms of seating, the company has designed its seats ergonomically and comes with excellent support all the way from neck to thigh. These are covered with fabric or leather upholstery depending on the variants. The 2nd and 3rd row seats come with sliding and reclining function. It also has adjustable head restraints and center armrests with cup holders and glove box. Its dashboard comes with silver inserts and is fitted with a few features like a leather wrapped steering wheel, chrome accentuated AC vents, advanced instrument panel and a large glove box with cooling effect. Its supervision cluster has various meters and dials that helps in keeping the driver updated. Apart from these, it is equipped with a couple of 12V power socket in center console for charging mobiles and other electronic devices.
For giving a pleasurable driving experience, the company is going to give this yet to be launched SUV a lot of sophisticated features. It has a proficient automatic air conditioning system with dual zone climate control. It also features air quality control and heater. The presence of rear AC vents keeps the ambiance pleasant by regulating the air temperature. This model series is blessed with a lot of sophisticated features such rear view camera along with parking sensors, all four power windows with driver side express down buttons and an intelligent cruise control system, which automatically reduces the speed of vehicle to maintain the desired distance between SUV and slow traffic. The cabin is incorporated with a premium sound system, which also has Bluetooth connectivity for pairing the mobile phones. This music system is also compatible with USB interface, Aux-in port, i-Pod connectivity and speakers for enhancing the ambiance of its cabin. It supports CD player, radio with AM/FM tuner, iPod connectivity, remote control and so on. This vehicle is also furnished with electrically adjustable front seats with memory settings along with split folding rear seats that adds to the convenience. The company has incorporated with rear view camera, which also has a five inch TFT display on driver information system and it is an added advantage. In addition to these, it also has keyless entry with push button start, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, memory function for driver seat, front and rear park assist, rear cross traffic alert, side blind zone alert and many other such aspects. It also has lane departure warning, blind spot monitor with closing vehicle sensing and reverse traffic detection system.
The company has given it a spacious internal cabin, which can easily accommodate seven passengers. It provides ample leg space along with enough shoulder and head room. The fuel tank of this vehicle is good enough for planning longer journeys. It has a spacious boot compartment, which can be increased by folding its 2nd and 3rd row seats.
With the help of a six speed automatic transmission gear box, the diesel motor enables the vehicle to attain a maximum speed in the range of 170 to 180 Kmph. At the same time it can cross the speed barrier of 100 Kmph is close to 9-10 seconds. On the other hand, its variant with a six speed manual transmission gear box has the ability of accelerating from zero to 100 Kmph in about 12 seconds from a standstill. It can attain a maximum speed of 180 to 190 Kmph, which is rather good for this class.
As said above, this sports utility vehicle is expected to come in two diesel engine options for the buyers to choose from. Its 2.5-litre Duramax power plant comes with fixed geometry turbo type induction system and it can displace 2499cc. This mill is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves with DOHC based valve configuration. It is mated with a six speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. It can churn out a maximum power and torque output of 163hp at 3600rpm and 380Nm at 2000rpm respectively. At the same time, its slightly powerful 2.8-litre diesel motor has the ability of displacing 2776cc. It has the capacity of churning out a whopping power of 200hp at 3600rpm in combination with a commanding torque of 500Nm at just 2000rpm. This mill is cleverly mated with a six speed automatic transmission gear box, which also has active select system. It might come with both two wheel and all wheel driver options.
The powerful diesel engines of this SUV are incorporated with an advanced common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which allows the 2499cc engine to deliver about 12.5 Kmpl under standard driving conditions. At the same time, its 2776cc mill has the ability to deliver 6.8 Kmpl in city traffic and around 9.8 Kmpl on the highways, which is quite good for Indian road and traffic conditions.
The 2.8-litre engine has the ability to churn out a massive power of 200hp at 3600rpm along with a commanding torque output of 500Nm at just 2000rpm. While its 2.5-litre mill can generate a maximum power of 163hp at 3600rpm and 380Nm of torque at 2000rpm.
The company has bestowed with an advanced multi-media player, which also has a 7-inch touchscreen display. It supports smart phone connectivity, Aux-in and USB with audio/video, digital clock, thermometer, HVAC and vehicle settings. While other variant are blessed with a 2-DIN music system, which supports Bluetooth connectivity for pairing mobile phones. It is equipped with radio with AM/FM tuner, CD/ETR, digital clock, MP3/WMA player, RDS and ports for USB and Aux-in. Buyers who look to purchase this vehicle can customize its interiors with several styling features including premium leather upholstery with contrast top-stitching, wood inserts in doors and dashboard, floor carpets and illuminated scuff plates. While its exteriors can be personalized with aspects like stylish body decals, nudge guard with additional lights, bonnet scoops, diffusers and chrome plated tailpipe system. At the same time, the owners can also customize the entry level variant with rear view camera with parking sensors, cruise control, electric sunroof, floor mats, protection package, rear seat entertainment system, body graphics and chrome package.
The braking and suspension mechanism of this sports utility vehicle are quite proficient that keeps it well balanced and makes it capable for off-roading. Its front wheels are fitted with dual piston calipers with ventilated disc brakes, while rear gets single piston calipers and solid disc brakes. This mechanism is enhanced by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which prevents it from skidding on slippery roads. On the other hand, its front axle is assembled with an independent short long arms and rear axle is equipped with five link, which has coil springs. The cabin is incorporated with a responsive power steering system, which is speed sensitive and comes with steering lock system. It has tilt adjustment function, which makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions.
This rugged sports utility vehicle comes with a safe cage body structure, which ensures maximum safety to the occupants sitting inside in case of collision and it also gives superb stability in different driving conditions. It is expected to be bestowed with total of six airbags offered that includes dual front airbags, side air bags for front passengers as well as roof side airbags. These safeguards the passengers inside the cabin. There are seat belts available for all its occupants with pretensioners and load limiters at front. It also has driver seat belt reminder notification on instrument panel. The advanced engine immobilizer with alarm system prevents it from theft and any unauthorized entry. The vehicle is bestowed with a disc braking mechanism that is quite efficient and helps to keep it under control. It is incorporated with an advanced anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution mechanism as well as brake assist, which improves its braking abilities. For a stress free driving experience, it is also equipped with electronic stability program, hill start assist, panic brake assist, cornering brake control, hill descent and traction control system. It has reverse parking assist which assists in parking the vehicle safely. Apart from these, it is incorporated with blind spot warning with intervention system, SRS airbags, seat belts with pretensioner and load limiter, crash sensitive door unlocking system, active head restraints, tyre pressure monitor system, digital inside rear view mirror, child restraint provision, electronic defogger, fog lamps, seat belt reminder notification and so on.
The wheel arches of its LT trims are expected to be fitted with a set of 16-inch alloy wheels, which are covered with 245/70 R16 sized tubeless radial tyres. While LTZ variants will gets an elegant set of 18-inch royal silver finish alloy wheels, which enhances the look of its side profile. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres of size 265/60 R18, which provides superior grip on any road conditions. In case of a flat tyre, it also has a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools.
1. Good ground clearance makes it capable for off-roading.
2. Lots of comfort and safety features is a big advantage.
3. Spacious internal cabin with ample leg and shoulder space.
4. Braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient.
5. Attractive exteriors with a lot of styling aspects.
1. Fuel economy can be made better.
2. Base variant lack many comfort and safety features.
3. Navigation system should be given as standard aspect.
4. Initial cost of ownership and maintenance cost is going to be quite high.
5. Diesel engine noise and harshness can be minimized.
Chevrolet Trailblazer is expected to rolled out this year in India.