The imposing Trailblazer SUV that you see here will be soon procurable at a Chevrolet dealership near you, as GM India announced today that it will introduce the Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV in 2015 The news was originally shared with GM India dealers during their annual meeting in Bangkok on February 13.
During the dealer meeting, Arvind Saxena and GM Executive Vice President and GM International President Stefan Jacoby announced that GM will increase GM India’s export activity. In 2015, the company plans to export around 19,000 cars to nearly 4 0 countries. A major part of this export activity will be to Mexico and Chile. The company began exporting cars in September 2014. It exported 984 vehicles last year.
In Thailand, the Trailblazer SUV comes with a choice of two engines –
- A new generation 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel, inline-4 cyliner engine delivering 200 hp of power at 3,600rpm, while maximum torque is rated at 500 NM at 2,000rpm;
- A 2.5-liter, inline-4 cylinder diesel engine capable of 163 hp of power at 3,600 rpm, along with 380 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm.
The 2.5-liter mill is exclusively paired to a 6-speed manual transmission, while the 2.8-liter engine also gets a 6-speed automatic transmission, apart from the manual. Base variants offer 2WD, but the top-end 2.8 4×4 LTZ comes with a 4WD system.
The Trailblazer is a proper 7 seat SUV. 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. The top-end 2.8 4×4 LTZ also comes with Chevrolet’s MyLink touchscreen infotainment system.
Quite old-school in its approach, the Tarilblazer sits on a 8-cross-member ladder chassis configuration, and also offers a 800mm water wading capability and 3-ton towing capacity. Suspension is independent all round and uses a 5-Link system at the back. The Trailblazer measures 4,878 mm in length, 1,902 mm in width, and 1,838 mm in height, along with a wheelbase of 2,845 mm.
Active safety features include ABS, EBD, Hill Descent Control, Hill Start Assist, Electronic Stability Control amongst other things. Although prices haven’t been disclosed yet, it’ll depend largely on whether GM India chooses to assemble it here or import CBUs from Thailand. But it’d be safe to assume that it’ll retail for prices north of 20 lakhs INR.