Chevrolet is expanding its SUV offering in South Africa with the introduction of the new Trailblazer which now stands alongside the Captiva in this highly competitive segment. The trailblazer is available in five models offered with the choice of two trim levels namely LT and LTZ as well as diesel and petrol engines. Customers may also choose between two-wheel drive (2WD) and four-wheel drive (4WD).
Chevrolet Trailblazer – Specifications and Features
The Chevrolet Trailblazer is offered with a choice of two diesel engines and one petrol engine. The 2.5-litre Duramax diesel engine produces 110kW with a maximum torque figure of 350Nm. This engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and is only available in two-wheel drive (2WD) format with LT trim. This engine returns a combined fuel consumption figure of 8.2-litres/100km.
The 2.8-litre Duramax diesel engine delivers 132kW with a maximum torque figure of 470Nm when mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and 440Nm when mated to the manual 5-speed transmission. In manual guise this engine consumes 8.8-litres/100km while the automatic version consumes 9.8-litres/100km. This variant is available as either a two-wheel drive (2WD) or four-wheel drive (4WD). The 6-speed automatic transmission comes with Driver Shift Control (DSC).
The petrol variant is powered by a 3.6-litre V6 engine that produces 176kW with a maximum torque figure of 329Nm. Combined fuel consumption is rated at 11.9-litres/100km. This engine is mated to an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission with Driver Shift Control (DSC) and is available only in four-wheel drive (4WD) format.
Built on a Body-On-Frame (BOF) architecture, the Chevrolet Trailblazer is both ‘rugged’ and ‘sophisticated’ with an agile and athletic exterior appearance. The front-end of the Trailblazer features a ‘dual-port’ grille with three-dimensional honeycomb mesh backing. The grille is complemented with a power-dome bonnet and high-mounted headlight clusters. Chrome detailing on the grille surrounds, door handles, mirror covers and lamp clusters offer a feel of sophistication. A spear-like, embossed styling line runs the length of the Trailblazer while wrap-around glass treatment complements the squared-off rear end. The Trailblazer also features a notable class-leading towing capacity of up to 2 950kg.
The Trailblazer’s interior is spacious and offers flexible seating for seven passengers and load requirements can easily be altered as required. Load space ranges from 205-litres with all the seats in the upright position to 1 830-litres with the seats folded down. The two rear seat rows feature raised seat heights that offer rear passengers ‘theatre-style’ seating.
The cockpit design with its flowing instrument panel creates a ‘floating wing’ effect that serves as a comfortable driving environment for the driver. The steering wheel features various mounted controls for added convenience for the driver. The Trailblazer features contrasting trim with leather covering for premium models while high quality cloth is used for lower specification levels. The interior features Chevrolet’s signature ‘ice blue’ LED backlight illumination which provides high definition for the displays, controls and instrument cluster.
Chevrolet Trailblazer - Price
|Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.5 LT 4x2||R364 000|
|Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 LTZ 4x2 AT||R423 500|
|Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 LTZ 4x4 MT||R454 500|
|Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 LTZ 4x4 AT||R469 900|
|Chevrolet Trailblazer 3.6 LTZ 4x4 AT||R479 500|
All prices include VAT and CO2 Tax. The Chevrolet Trailblazer is covered by a 5-year/90 000 Service Plan and a 5-year/120 000km warranty.