New spy images bring the upcoming Chevrolet Trailblazer to light, especially the insides. The Trailblazer will reportedly be imported to India from Thailand as a Completely Built Unit (CBU), and a launch is expected soon. Competition in the segment is likely to stiffen up, as Toyota and Ford are busy readying the next generation models of the Fortuner and Endeavour respectively.
Here’s all you need to know :
- The Trailblazer will be powered by a new generation 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel, in-line 4 cylinder engine, delivering 200 hp at 3,600rpm, while maximum torque is rated at 500 NM at 2,000rpm.
- Transmission options will include a 6-speed automatic (see spy picture below), apart from a 6-speed manual. Top end variants also get a 4WD option.
- A 2.5-liter, in-line 4 cylinder diesel engine (163 hp at 3,600 rpm, 380 Nm at 2,000 rpm) is also available in international markets, and is exclusively paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. GM India might consider the latter to feign off entry-level Fortuner variants, but for now, it’s the 2.8 litre unit that we’re getting.
- On the outside, the Trailblazer will feature projector headlights, LED tail lamps, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Measuring 4,878 mm in length, 1,902 mm in width, and 1,838 mm in height, along with a wheelbase of 2,845 mm, the Trailblazer is a big boy.
- The Trailblazer will comfortably accommodate seven occupants . Inside, three-row tumble and fold-flat seating configuration incorporates theatre-style seating that provides second and third-row passengers a better all-around view.
- Quite old-school in its approach, the Trailblazer sits on a 8-cross-member ladder chassis configuration and can wade through 800mm of standing water, apart from having a 3-ton towing capacity. Suspension is independent all round and uses a 5-link system at the back.
- Active safety features include ABS, EBD, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, Electronic Stability Control amongst other things.
What do we see : Two tone interior upholstery and dashboard (biege + black), leather wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls for music & telephony, piano black trimmed centre console, an infotainment system with a decently sized screen and an a chrome trimmed shifter for the 6-speed auto box.
Spied here could very well be the top end LTZ variant, as the full leather upholstery would like us to believe.
The rear seat looks accommodating enough, and packs an integrated armrest which packs a couple of cup-holders. Piano black inserts make their presence felt on the door pads as well.
Images : Pragya Chhajer