Chevrolet has launched the Trailblazer SUV in India for Rs 24.60 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The premium SUV rivals the Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero in the Indian market and here are all the details one would need about the new SUV to make an informed choice in the segment.
The Trailblazer is the largest SUV in the segment, at least till the arrival of the new Ford Endeavour next year. The car is both longer and wider than the Fortuner and Pajero Sport, though the looks are relatively subtle than others.
The Chevy SUV also has the longest wheelbase in the segment, which should ideally translate into the best cabin space in the segment. The cabin feels roomy with the beige colour and there are black inserts for the dashboard and door trims. The car gets plenty of features including touch-screen music system, six-way adjustable power seat for the driver, rear parking camera with sensors, cruise control, detailed instrument cluster and independent AV vents for all three rows.
In terms of safety, the SUV gets the front two air bags. The driver aids include ABS-EBD, ESP and hill start and descend control.
Under the hood is the 2.8-litre turbocharged diesel with a power rating of 200bhp and 500Nm, making it the most powerful vehicle in the segment by a large margin. The power is transmitted to the rear wheels via six-speed automatic transmission. The four-wheel drive version has not been launched in India at the moment, though it is expected to join the line up early next year.
Chevrolet is offering the car in only one variant, the top-end LTz which is imported from Thailand as a CBU. Since the two countries share a trade pact, Chevrolet has managed to position this just above the Fortuner and Pajero AT. The American carmaker is using an innovative way of selling the car; for the first five days the Trailblazer will be available only on the Amazon website for a booking amount of Rs 25,000. Check the below link for the first drive review and spec comparison.