AutonetMagz – Probably you have seen the video we made about the ladder frame SUV comparison, as a lot of people asking why Chevrolet Trailblazer not included into the test. The reason is during the video were made, Chevrolet Indonesia has stopped the sales of the Trailblazer, but looks like it didn’t take too long, as Chevrolet intend to strike back with the new Chevrolet Trailblazer displayed back on the 2016 GIIAS.
Through a source, we manage to get the specification of the facelift Chevrolet Trailblazer who are ready to be introduced in the near future. Let’s start from the engine, as it will be fitted with a 2.5 liter 4 cylinder turbo Diesel Duramaz producing 180 PS and 440 Nm of torque, distributed to the rear wheel through a 6-speed AT. Luckily the manual mode using a tiptronic model like the Captiva, not the awkward plus-minus button like fitted in Chevy Trax or Ford Ecosport.
Looking at the gross weight of 2,013 tons, it weighs slightly differ with the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Dakar, despite less 2 gear of its transmission. Regarding the features, this is what we like, as it promised a far much better features than all ladder frame SUV, just like the Ford Everest. Before explaining the features, let’s hope the price wouldn’t exceed IDR 600 million for the flagship, to maintain its competitiveness.
So, what are the features? first thing is the safety, as Chevy fitted the new Trailblazer with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert, only without any automatic braking like Mazda 2, as it only emits sound like an alarm. The Forward Collision Warning system will be active at 40 km/h of speed, while the Lane Departure Warning will active at 60 km/h of speed.
The next one is if other SUV proud to have a Hill Start Assist system, the new Trailblazer have both Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control, along with tyre pressure warning, camera with dynamic guiding lines, and stability control.
What confuses us is why it only fitted with 3 airbags, as Captiva and Trax got a lot more Airbags than the Trailblazer. The new Chevy Trailbalzer didn’t fitted with a projector lens, as the Headlight still adopting halogen type, despite with auto on/off, along with auto wiper.
At the interior, it will apply a soft touch material and leather at several area, but let’s see during the launching. For the head unit, as it fitted with MyLink system, Chevrolet provide a good connectivity of Apple Carplay and Android Auto besides mirroring facilites. The seats itself apply an electric version, but too bad the steering wheel design still look similar as its siblings.
The good new is, a lot of buttons fitted in the steering wheel, such as phones, audio control, cruise control, voice command, and Forward Collision Alert button. The seats apply 6-way electric settings, along with electrochromatic center rear mirror.
Besides th etop of the line version (the LTZ trim), Chevrolet Trailblazer fitted with AC vent at the ceilings spread out to the third row. While the steering system apply electric power steering with speed sensing. So do the remote engine start who could turn on the car from the distance, just like fitted in the new Honda Civic Turbo, sunroof? not available this time.
Up to now, we do see the new Chevrolet Trailblazer as a serious threat for existing ladder frame SUV, but again it depends on the price tag given to this new model, so let’s just wait for the official launching, soon.