GM is going to launch the Chevrolet Trailblazer in India tomorrow. This full-sized seven-seater SUV will go head-on against the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Captiva and the next-generation Ford Endeavour.
Overall, the Trailblazer’s design is penned along the same lines as the rest of the Chevrolet range. The front gets a split mesh grille while the sweptback headlamps with projector units sit at the edges of the tall bonnet. The smooth roofline and sharply raked windscreen try to hide the car’s proportions. Inside, the Trailblazer gets full leather upholstery with a black dashboard and an LCD display in the centre console. Safety features include front dual airbags, ABS, traction control with stability programme and hill descent control.
In India, the Trailblazer will be offered with a 2.8-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, which delivers 200bhp and 500Nm of torque through a six-speed automatic gearbox. Globally, the Trailblazer is also available in a four-wheel-drive trim, though the Indian customers will have to make do with rear-wheel-drive.
This mega-SUV will be the flagship model in the Amercian manufacturer’s line-up and will be imported from Thailand as a completely built unit (CBU). We can expect prices to start at Rs 32 lakh.