Chevrolet Trailblazer

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31th-Jan-2012: Chevrolet India is mulling to bring its giant Trailblazer SUV on Indian shores soon. Chevrolet Trailblazer will be positioned amid Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour in India. Thought to be priced at about Rs 15 lakh-Rs 17 lakh, Chevy’s new beastly SUV will have a choice of engines ranging from 2.8-litre (180bhp, 47.8 kgm) to 2.5-litre, 150bhp diesel units. Seeing these figures, one can gauge that the new car is able to give a neck-to-neck competition to Fortuner and Endeavour. The SUV will be a proper body on frame with 7 seats and will be more spacious than other serious SUVs in India.

Overview

Chevrolet India, through which General Motor-the ace player in car market on global front-operates in India, has pulled up its socks and planning to pave way for Chevrolet Trailblazer on Indian roads. Chevrolet Trailblazer is a seven seater SUV with three rows of seating arrangement. The second generation of this power packed SUV was officially revealed in 2011, for sale across the globe. If at all it arrives in India, it will only be christened as 2012 Chevrolet Trailblazer.    

Trailblazer finds its roots from Blazer back in the year 1999. The first generation of this mighty SUV was based on a truck platform known as GMT360. The second-generation Trailblazer was unveiled at the 2011 Dubai Motor Show and will be built in Thailand. However, the company is mulling to assemble Trailblazer SUV at its Halol facility where Chevrolet does all its CKD operations in India. This will definitely help the car maker to cut the price of this humongous four-wheeler which would cost too much if brought as CBU. 2012 Chevrolet Trailblazer was designed by company’s division in Sao Caetanode Sul in Brazil.

There is a lot of hype that Chevrolet will bring Trailblazer in 2012; however, its arrival is still a 50:50 issue. The reason that accounts for 50% negativity is Chevrolet’s SUV in India-Captiva, which is already waiting for its facelifted model to arrive this year. 2012 Chevrolet Captiva was already unveiled at Auto Expo 2012 and it is being conceived to be assembled in India from now onwards so as to reduce its hefty price. The company will have to scale down Trailblazer’s price big time to position it below new Captiva which is pegged at Rs 22 lakh. This is almost an impossible job as Chevrolet Trailblazer comes with much bigger engine than Captiva and is much roomier than it.   

That said Chevrolet Captiva might come under two engine guise. While one would be a 2.5 litre power machine that will be enough to churn out 150 bhp of power. If these numbers seem to be less to any car enthusiasts, he may concentrate on the other trim of Chevrolet Trailblazer which will have the capacity of 2.8 litre and will be able to spew out a good 180 bhp of peak power. Not just that, the exuberant Duramax turbo-diesel engine will deliver a torque as much as 47.8 kgm to all four wheels. One can notice a torque jump of more than 10 kgm if compared to Fortuner’s and Endeavour’s 3 litre powertrain. The superb torque will translate to all four wheels and thus render the SUV to be cruised away effortlessly by the driver.  The new engine will be packed with variable geometry turbocharger that will eventually help in reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The engine will wisely be coupled to 6 speed automatic transmission and would come in category of mighty Sports Utility Vehicles in India.

The cult SUV Trailblazer is captivating and according to the company, it will be the most clean-sheet truck it has designed in its 100-year history. It is a serious 7 seater SUV with versatile space distribution options like spilt seats not just at the last row (50/50) but even at middle row (60/40). By looks of it, Chevrolet Trailblazer is a head turner with its roof rails, pillar less rear windscreen, projector headlamps, chrome bar in air dam with air ducts on either side of bumper at front and rear, two part grille, rising beltline, toning down roofline and stern 20 inch aluminium wheels covered in Cooper Zeon LTZ tyres. Features like outwardly projected ORVMs with LED turn signals, thick B Pillar and all the LED and chrome detailing leave any spectator with a jaw-dropping expression. The car like dashboard gels with the two tone interiors of Chevrolet Trailblazer.

The body on frame SUV has ladder frame built and thus it can handle enough of weight on it. Trailblazer provides the best-in-class comfort and is spacious whichever seat one chooses to sit on. The designers of Trailblazer in Brazil state that they were quite conscious about the body-in wheels out design of this SUV. However, this will eventually turn out to be the USP of the car. Chevy’s new SUV is a perfect amalgamation of utility and comfort.

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Exteriors

Chevrolet Trailblazer looks sizzling on roads. It has perfect body with awesome dimensions. The fit and finish has no lacking in it. It is made of highly detailed sheet metal. The brawn image of Chevrolet Trailblazer is complemented with sporty roof rails, projector type head lamps and silver skid plate. Chevrolet is giving all its cars a signature two part grille. This wide grille is neatly outlined with chrome and the partition adorns a Chevrolet bowtie on it. The bonnet is held high with a lot of character lines. The tinted windscreen appears to very small due to the sloping down roof at the front. An addition in sinew the character of Trailblazer is added by the thick chrome band incorporated in the lower bumper. This band extends to the side air ducts which are thickly chrome outlined. It becomes quite evident that Chevrolet has whole heartedly sprinkled chrome on the exterior part of this SUV. LED lighting housed in sculpted aluminium decorative bezels at front as well as rear makes this SUV a luxury piece.

Most of the gazing time is consumed at the front. However, side profile is no less in enamoring the spectators. The very muscular 20 inch wide wheels are painted and polished with aluminium and Cooper Zeon LTZ tyres renders high ground clearance to this SUV. From side, Chevrolet Trailblazer looks a perfect off-roader with side footboard protector which enables you to steer this brawny SUV through tough terrains. The high-rising beltline looks amazing along with character lines on lower side of the door. The mirror mounted LED turn indicators add that X-factor to the mule. Trailblazer garners claps from all its angles. The rear windscreen is extended so much that it comes at the side also. The quarter glass is very small thus shrinking the window frame and imparting a crossover like structure. However, the B Pillar is tad too thick and sheds attitude to passerby. It is reported that the designers in Brazil were very cognizant in sticking to ‘body-in, wheels out’ type pattern which led to the ultimate sporty look. This design delivers high approach and departure angles. The intricate sheet metal work is evident in door panels; rear quarters that amalgamates layers of natural light.

The new-generation Trailblazer combines the hauling and towing capability of a body-on-frame SUV While front and side have muscle and matter attached to its character, the rear is all about elegance. The futuristic design of tail lamps makes one doubtful about 2012 Chevrolet Trailblazer being a production version. The rear spoiler a seam of LED high mount stop lamp. The pillar less rear windscreen is adapted for a wider look at the curvy rear. Small chrome band acts as a tail gate opener while the longer chrome bar with loops at either side is placed in the lower bumper just like front. Tri-coat pearlescent white exterior paint and integrated LED front and rear fog lamps provide a premium appearance. Overall, Chevrolet Trailblazer looks agile and athletic from outside and is unmistakably muscular.

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Interiors

General Motors India has the 2012 Chevrolet Trailblazer slated for a launch during this year which is hoped to see a localised assembly of the new Chevrolet SUV at its Indian plant with certain superior quality features to bring about the upmarket look and feel. The new Chevrolet Trailblazer is expected to offer a premium quality ride and experience for the Indian consumers with the vast interiors offering a good accommodation for seven passengers 2+3+2 seating layout. The interiors of the car offers a comfortable blend of light and dark grey shades softly lit with the bluish light emerging from the panel running along the roof to help the passengers aboard enveloped in the smooth heaven like comforts inside the car. The panel running along the roof insides contains Heat Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system to offer the cooling effect maintaining the cool air flow even for the rear passengers who are usually bereft of this. With the new digital climate control system for the apt temperature settings, one feels comfortable even on last row. The new climate control system, at the same time offers the warming effect when there is a chilly feeling inside car when the passengers would like to cuddle up and sit during the long drives. The new infotainment system with the Aux-in power plug system along with the USB port in the car helps in maintaining the mood of the passengers according to their preference be it the relaxed drive on the car with gentle music flowing in the car or some peppy tunes with certain beat to match the quick paced drives on the highways or some mysterious tunes playing in the background to make the drive in the SUV all the more adventurous.

The 2012 Chevrolet Trailblazer converts into an enclosed room with a single snap of the latch on the second and third row of seats in the SUV to tumble down flat on the floor of the car making enough space one might not have imagined is possible to accommodate as much luggage as possible meant for long journeys. When not folded down, the second and third row seats are a 60/40 and 50/50 split seats with the central console on even the rear seats to keep the essentials just handy along with the cup holders to set the glass of drink down while engaged in the animated discussions with the co-passengers. Coming to the dashboard of the car, all the techno gadgetry is amply available on the car with a neat wooden glossy finish bringing out the most urbane look to the car reminding the occupants of the versatility of the SUV emphasizing on the utility factor of the car meant for business travels as well. The 2012 Chevrolet Trailblazer is basically the SUV to meet all the demands of the consumers switching to just how the owner wishes to see it with just the right ambience. The new Chevrolet SUV is packed with enough storage places with pockets everywhere to have the stuff just dumped in and the center console between the front seat passengers has the hood to cover the storage place there without spoiling the looks of the car interiors.

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Acceleration & Pick-Up

Who doesn’t like to speed up its car and see what it feels like to zoom away with speed? The answer is all of us. Brand new Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV has a very powerful and responsive engine that will be coupled with six speed automatic transmission, thereby aiding the car to deliver superb speed and pick-up. The new Chevrolet Trailblazer will have remarkable top speed of 170 km per hour and it merely takes a few seconds to touch the mark of 100 km per hour on the speedometer. The SUV will not disappoint in heavy traffic conditions and on rugged Indian terrains as well. The 2012 Chevrolet Trailblazer smoothly goes like a bullet even on such road conditions.

Engine and Performance

General Motors has always been offering cars, which are not only strong and sturdy on the outside but comes powered with masculine and dynamic engine. It’s new offering, Chevrolet Trailblazer is no different. The SUV is brawny, bold and has an impressive stance, whereas under the bonnet the remarkable diesel engine steals the entire show. This new SUV by General Motors will be offered to the consumers in two engine tunes- 2.5 litre and 2.8 litre. Both the engines are diesel and promise to deliver great power and torque in order to enhance and improve the driving experience to maximum. The 2.5 litre of diesel motor is responsive and reactive and has the skill to generate peak power of 150 BHP while the other engine option that would be offered in Chevrolet Trailblazer is Duramax 2.8 litres of common rail diesel engine that would churn out 180 BHP of maximum power along with 47.8 kgm of torque. Both the engines have been carefully mated with six speed automatic gearbox that amplifies the entire driving experience for the owner. These engines are even better than the 3.0 litre diesel engines packed in Toyota Fortuner and Ford Endeavour, the SUVs against whom Trailblazer will be pitched. It will use variable geometry turbo, a balance shaft for smooth running and a laminated-steel oil pan with an upper aluminium section. This makes for a perfect balance with the rigidity of engine and quelling of noise made by it. 

Mileage

Every car owner in India wishes that its car delivers an awesome mileage and doesn’t burn a big hole in its pocket by soaking in litres of fuel. And General Motors India is well aware of this situation and has made its new flagship model, Chevrolet Trailblazer engine-extremely fuel efficient. The car will come with two engine tunes, one being 2.8 litres producing 180 BHP of peak power and the other one with 2.5 litres of engine churning out 150 BHP of power. Both these motors are diesel and promise the consumer to be highly fuel efficient. Chevrolet Trailblazer with 2.5 litre of diesel engine is expected to deliver an average fuel economy of about 13 km per litre, which is actually quite impressive for an SUV. On the other hand, the variant powered with 2.8 litre of diesel motor is likely to deliver a mileage of 12 km per litre. To make Chevrolet Trailblazer more fuel economic, the engine has been intelligently coupled with six speed automatic transmission, which also enhances the driving experience for the owner. Delivering the mileage of about12 to 13 km per litre for an SUV is certainly remarkable, especially when it is being sold in a mileage driven country.

Power of Chevrolet Trailblazer

Chevrolet Trailblazer is a bold looking car that has impressive poise and stance. With such a masculine build on the outside, under the hood scenario is no less. This new SUV from General Motors’ stable will be offered in two engine tunes, where both engine would be diesel motors. The 2.5 litre of diesel engine is dynamic and responsive and has the ability to generate about 150 BHP of maximum power, which is 100 Nm more than that generated by both Ford Endeavor and Toyota Fortuner. On the other hand, the Duramax 2.8 litre of common rail diesel engine has the capability to churn out about 180 BHP of peak power along with 47.8 kgm of maximum torque.

Stereo & Accessories

Chevrolet Trailblazer is blessed with infotainment technology. Apart from the music system on the central console with USB Bluetooth connectivity and Aux-in plug, one can find roof mounted screens mounted on overhead console. This onboard infotainment is also coupled with HVAC system.

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Braking & Handling

Chevrolet Trailblazer is an off-roader under the hood and therefore all the wheels will be mated to disc brakes for most efficient braking. The new-generation Trailblazer combines the hauling and towing capability of a body-on-frame SUV with the ride comfort and efficiency of a crossover. Developed in tandem with the all-new Chevrolet Colorado pickup by GM in Brazil, it shares the same architecture as its truck sibling, with a chassis tuned to combine heavy-duty off-road capability with refined city driving. All wheel drive Trailblazer offers the strength, design, capability and refinement needed to compete with the world's best off-road vehicles. All independent suspension will be used with gas shock absorber. This makes the ride absolutely bump free and the passengers do not even feel a jerk while on this all-purpose.

Safety & Security

Chevrolet Trailblazer is an advanced SUV with top-notch features. Though the safety features are unknown at present, standard safety features like fog lamps, seat belts, engine immobilizer, keyless entry along with advanced safety features like ABS, EBD, airbags are sure to be packed in the SUV. Moreover, safety features specific to an off-road SUV like hill assist, traction control, dynamic stability control are also expected of this mighty vehicle.

Wheels

Chevrolet Trailblazer was unveiled at the Dubai Motor Show in 2011 and the second generation of this SUV became famous since then. The superb ground clearance of Trailblazer is provided by gross 20-inch aluminium wheels that are custom dual-finished, painted and polished and these unique wheels are fitted with Cooper Zeon LTZ tyres.

Chevrolet Trailblazer Pros

 

Looks, stability, engine, torque

 

Chevrolet Trailblazer Cons

Pricey 

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