February 3, 2016: General Motors has unveiled the Chevrolet Trailblazer at the ongoing 2016 Indian Auto Expo. The premium SUV was launched in India in October, 2015 with a price tag of 26.4 Lac. The car is being brought to the nation through the CBU route. The India-bound Trailblazer is offered with RWD option only whereas globally, it comes with both AWD & RWD drivelines. On the safety side, the SUV comes loaded with dual-front airbags, electronic stability control, traction control and ABS with EBD. Mechanically, the premium vehicle is powered by Duramax 2.8-litre, 4-cylinder engine that generates 197bhp of power at 3,600rpm with a 500Nm of peak torque at 2,000rpm. The engine is further mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. Other noticeable features of Trailblazer include projector headlights, 7-inch MyLink touchscreen media system with CD drive and USB, Bluetooth and Aux-in connectivity, automatic climate control and rear AC vents.
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|Variants||Fuel Type||Transmission||Engine Description||Mileage||Power|
|LTZ 4X2 AT||Diesel||Automatic||2776cc
||8.9||11.45||197.2bhp @ 3600rpm|
As expected, the much awaited Chevrolet Trailblazer is launched in India, just one day ahead of Dussehra. This comes as an exciting news for all the hardcore off-road SUV lovers craving for this performance oriented vehicle. This good news comes along with a bad news too. Yes, this so called performance oriented vehicle has a rear wheel drive mechanism instead of a 4WD system as we all expected. However, the company claims that this vehicle isn't just about performance, since it represents a new benchmark with regards to safety and driving experience in its class. Another fact is that the vehicle is being brought as a CBU unit, imported from Thailand. Since a long time, this car maker is conducting several test runs for this SUV across India. Now, it has officially arrived, it will be interesting to see how the competitors like Toyota and Ford would face this threat. Both these automobile firms have already unveiled their SUVs for India and Ford is already on its way to roll out the 2015 Endeavour soon, maybe very shortly. This newly launched Trailblazer may gain the upper hand over the others for several factors. One of the reason is its classy SUV appeal. It may not look like a modern vehicle, but the perfect body structure and its expressively crafted cosmetics does leave you mesmerized. Although, it carries some design cues from Captiva SUV, it still manages to look apart with its up-sculpted front facade and with masculine shoulder line.
This fascination doesn't end-up with the exteriors but, it goes beyond this to the interiors as well. It has a well sculpted cabin with a dual tone finish highlighted by glossy-black and metallic accents. The central console in its cockpit is packed with an touchscreen infotainment system featuring MYLINK. It is one of the kind feature that helps you to sync your smartphone with the infotainment and allows you to access various radio stations across the globe. Perhaps Trailblazer is the first vehicle from GM to get this feature and later it will be offered to other vehicles in its portfolio. The leather wrapped steering wheel has a conventional design, but glossy-black accents and a golden bowtie renders it an up-market appeal. Placed in the league of luxury SUVs, this latest model is loaded with all the essentials like features like automatic climate control unit, electrically adjustable seats with memory, cruise control and parking assistance with reversing camera. It is already touted as the SUV with best-in-class safety features that makes every ride more safe. It is integrated with traction control and braking assistance programs like ABS, EBD and electronic stability control. These factors eventually helps it to perform well on terrains, while cornering and no matter what the road condition is. In the safety section, it gets a set of eight airbags, 3-point seatbelts, vehicle security system with immobilizer and smart keyless entry. Currently available in only one trim level, this SUV draws power from a 2776cc DURAMAX oil-burner, which enables this vehicle to deliver best of performance.
Its outsides does remind you a bit of the Captiva, but its up-sculpted look makes it appear even bolder and much more classier. This utility vehicle carries forward the company's signature design language with a dual port grille up-front that has perforated mesh and sleek chrome surround. Adorned with this is the golden bowtie badge that sits in the middle of the grille. Surrounding this is the bold headlight cluster loaded with projector lamps and turn blinkers on it. Additionally, we can also see the LED DRLs that further amplifies this facet. Its front bumper is sleek yet muscular and assembled with a black colored lower cladding. Also there are fog lights with chrome plated strips enhancing the classiness of this facet. Its side facet has a rather unconventional look, as we can see the pillars are thicker than other conventional SUVs. Here, the outside mirror caps as well as the door handles have been garnished in chrome rendering it a premium look. The fenders are mated with alloy wheels, which looks somewhat attractive. Complimenting its SUV appeal are the chrome waistline molding and the roof rails. Moving on to the rear, it looks even bolder than its frontage, thanks to the dynamic brake lights cluster with chrome wraps. The D pillars and the rear windscreen surround has black finish and enhances its sporty appeal. The tailgate is considerably large and is decorated with a chrome strip above license plate along with the company's badge as well. The rear bumper has a decent design that blends into the overall facet. It is also affixed with a lower skid plate ensuring protection while maneuvering on rugged roads and terrain.
This vehicle is being imported from Thailand as a CBU unit. However, it is slightly better in terms of external dimension, as it has a length measuring 4878mm along with a total width at 2132mm (including external rear view mirrors). Its stands with a height of 1851mm (with roof rack) and with a minimum ground clearance as high as 253mm. It is also built with a long wheelbase measuring 2845mm.
Its cabin is a place, where you will certainly feel the pleasure of driving this beast. The interior design may lack the modernistic appeal, but the comfort it offers is something that should be taken into count. One should talk about the seating arrangement, as they represent the best of ergonomics with all the bolsters and support for the body. They are dressed up with leather upholstery that adds regal stance to the insides. These seats can offer comfortable accommodation for a maximum of seven passengers. For added convenience, all three rows of the cabin are provided with AC vents. This really helps the third row occupants to experience chilled ambiance all through the journey. The manufacturer has managed to achieve an up-market look to the cabin by adorning it with glossy-black accents. These inserts can be found on door panels, steering wheel and on center fascia as well. The instrument cluster on the other hand has a distinctive design with separate consoles for each gauge. The door panels have a bigger armrest ensuring relaxed traveling experience. The shift selector on floor console has chrome as well as leather inserts adding to the sophistication of interiors. Not to forget that the steering wheel has a very attractive three spoke design featuring gold plated bowtie and high-gloss black inserts. Besides, there are multi-functional switches on this rim that eases the operation of audio system.
Currently, this SUV is introduced in only one trim with LTZ as its nomenclature. It gets enormous amount of comfort features that sends out a strong message to other contenders in its class. First and the foremost of these is the tropicalized automatic climate control unit with AC vents for all three rows. This feature also has air quality control and pollution filter making way for a pleasant ambiance inside. Next among the list is the cruise control unit, which relieves the stress of driving on highways. Also it has facilities like automatic activation of rear wiper in reverse gear, parking assistance, ECO drive indication system and power operated windows for all doors. The list goes on with the features like illuminated vanity mirror for front passengers, theater dimming effect for map lamp, driver armrest with storage box, power adjustable/foldable outside mirrors with turn indicators and programmable follow-me home headlamps. As for the seating, its driver's seat has 6-way electrical adjustment, while the passenger seat has 4-way adjustment facility. The second row has 60:40 split foldable bench seat, while the third row is furnished with 50:50 foldable bench seat. By folding the second and third row seats together, the boot volume can be extended to a maximum of 1830 litres, which is somewhat impressive.
As we can see, this SUV does have a huge cabin with enough space to accommodate seven occupants on-board comfortably. Also, there is a great amount of space provided at the rear end for storing luggage. Leg space along with shoulder and head room in all the three rows is quite good, even for adults.
Being mated to a 6-Speed automatic transmission, this 2.8-litre powered Chevy can sprint towards 100 Kmph mark from a standstill in about 11 seconds. Its top speed clocks in the range of 190 to 195 Kmph, which is good considering its SUV stature.
Under the hood, this Chevy is comes fitted with a 2.8-litre diesel engine comprising of a latest generation common rail direct fuel injection technology. It is a 4-cylindered mill featuring 16-valves altogether, making a total displacement capacity of 2776cc. This turbocharged oil-burner has the ability to unleash a maximum power of 197bhp at 3600rpm that results in a hammering torque of 500Nm at 2000rpm. Being mated with a six speed automatic gearbox, it distributes the output to the rear wheels and enables it to deliver good performance, even on rugged roads. For now, this is the only engine option available in India and later-on we can expect for more options including a 4WD version as well.
It would be unfair to expect better mileage from this Chevy, since it is designed specifically for delivering a good performance. Its 2.8-litre DURAMAX diesel motor has a common rail fuel injection system, which is claimed to be of the latest generation and pumps in the fuel with high pressure. This enables the vehicle to give away a mileage of 11.45 Kmpl.
As mentioned earlier, this drive-train has a displacement capacity of 2776cc comprising 4-cylinders in it. This is a DOHC based oil-burner that churns out a maximum power of 197bhp that results in an astounding torque of 500Nm.
The manufacturer is offering this brand new SUV with a first-of-its-kind MYLINK touchscreen infotainment unit. This is a system that helps you stay connected to the world outside and allows you to enjoy your music and video files with a simple touch. It comprises of a 7 inch touchscreen display with audio, telephonic functionality, a smartphone link along with Bluetooth connectivity. Also it is embedded with several applications along with an Internet radio facility that lets you access radio stations from around the world. Besides these, there are connectivity facilities like USB and AUX-In socket. Along with these, there is a premium 6-speaker audio system that delivers best-in-class audio output.
This is one section where the manufacturer hasn't compromised and offered this vehicle with a superior ventilated disc braking mechanism featuring floating type calipers. This mechanism gets the aid from anti lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution technology. Additionally, electronic stability program, cornering brake control and traction control systems are present to help vehicle to be stable, irrespective of road conditions. As for the suspension, its front axle is loaded with an independent double wishbone system loaded with gas filled shock absorbers. The rear one gets a 5-link type of suspension featuring coil springs.
In this department, the manufacturer ensured that the vehicle is completely safe for the occupants to drive on. Apart from incorporating braking assistance and traction control programs, this automaker has also packed it with protective features like airbags, 3-point seatbelts with pre-tensioners, warning system for driver's seatbelt and many more. It is also loaded with ISOFIX child restraint anchor points, projection front lamps, electronic vehicle immobilizer, twin horn system and flip keys.
Currently, this SUV is being launched in one variant only, which is adorned with a set of alloy wheels of size 18-inches. These rims have been wrapped with tubeless tyres of size 265/60 R18 for better grip on roads and for superior off-road capabilities.
1. Its external appearance seems to be stunning.
2. Its traction control and braking programs ensures stability to the vehicle.
3. Highest ground clearance helps it to be a perfect off-roader.
4. On-road performance is unmistakably good.
5. MYLINK technology is its biggest advantage.
1. Price range can be reduced.
2. Its cabin design seems a bit outdated.
3. Not much of comfort features available in this SUV.
4. There is no 4WD drive mechanism.
5. Poor fuel economy is another drawback.
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