American vehicles are known to be big in size and powered by large engines. They offer immense amounts of interior room and have a noticeable road presence. These values and qualities would definitely have been on the mind of Chevy engineers when they built their latest SUV, the Trailblazer. The vehicle has been recently made available in India and, in this article, we tell you all about it.
Powertrain and Performance
The heart of the Chevrolet Trailblazer is a 2.8 litre, 4 cylinder Duramax diesel engine that is turbocharged to deliver 197 bhp and a peak torque figure of 500 Nm. The drive is channelled through a 6 speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels only. Unfortunately, Chevy does not offer its Trailblazer customers the choice of all wheel drive but, despite the large engine, it returns a fuel economy of 11.45 kpl. If the mood hits, you can take this SUV for some (light) off-roading thanks to its 253mm ground clearance, large 18 inch alloy wheels and electronic driver aids such as hill start assist and hill descent control. The engine does have a lot of low end grunt and feels reasonably powered even on highway cruises. The suspension, although it performs admirably at lower speeds, does get unsettled as you begin to drive more rapidly.
Build and Styling
The Trailblazer has the dimensions to be imposing on the road and details such as its projector headlamps, running board steps, roof rails and large 18 inch wheels just add to that impression even more. Measuring in at just under 4.9 metres in length and having a wheelbase of 2,845mm, the Trailblazer does provide a lot of space in the passenger cabin. On the inside, you get a 7 inch touchscreen display for the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, a navigation module, a 6 speaker audio system with support for USB, aux-in and bluetooth, cruise control, plenty of storage space, automatic climate control with a dedicated AC for the rear seats and more. The leather seats are very comfortable and the driver seat can be adjusted electrically. While the middle row splits in a 60:40 ratio, the last row of seats split in a 50:50 ratio and can be folded down flat to increase the luggage capacity. On the safety front, you get ESC, cornering brake control, traction control, ABS with EBD, panic brake assist, dual front airbags, a rear view camera and rear parking sensors and a crash sensor.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer is a no-nonsense SUV to its core. The vehicle performs reasonably well, provides its owners with all the modern features required and is built well. However, it is currently sold in India only with rear wheel drive and an automatic transmission. More than anything, the vehicle is being sold as an import and that results in it costing more than its rivals. If Chevrolet starts manufacturing this vehicle locally, it could definitely be a serious contender in the premium SUV segment.