Trailblazer. The tongue twister refers to someone who strove to create a new path unmindful of obstacles on the way. It seems Chevrolet meant the same when it named the new vehicle from its stable as Trailblazer. A vehicle that could be driven anywhere irrespective of whether there is a road or not.
In terms of size and majestic looks, Trailblazer makes other off road vehicles in the market look worthless. The Trailblazer is the panacea for Chevrolet to end whatever little hit the brand suffered in the Indian market in the recent times
Tradition: From 1999 onwards, Trailblazer was present among Chevrolet's portfolio of vehicles. It was sold as SUV mainly in USA, South America and in Gulf countries. The Trailblazer is making its entry into Indian market after making its presence felt in Thailand and other Asian countries in the last five years.
USP: The Trailblazer has become synonymous with power in the markets where it has entered. The Chevrolet's high performance model Captiva which runs on 6L v8 engine and the high performance SS models are known for their power. In many markets, the Trailblazer has outclassed its Japanese competitors in the mid SUV segment.
Design: Though Trailblazer is marketed as a mid segment SUV vehicle in other markets, in India it is being introduced as a premium vehicle. In terms of size among vehicles entering market, Trailblazer is at the top. The vehicle commands attention at first sight because of its gargantuan dimensions. The ground clearance of 241mm is highest in the segment. The 18 inch tryes, the high raise bonnet and big grille adds to the imposing size of the vehicle.
Interiors and Luxury: Trailblazer is a typical American vehicle and because of that it is swathed in luxury. The high seats and the ability of the vehicle to traverse through gutters without any shakes makes long distance travelling, especially on bad roads, comfortable. The obsession of Americans towards chromium is visible in the vehicle with generous use of it everywhere. The chromium plated gear lever is a novelty.
Comfort: As the vehicle is imported to India, it adheres to international standard. The seven inch touch screen infotainment system in the vehicle makes it viable to function the internet and radio. Provisions for video play and rear camera are there. Bucket seats, powerful AC which can reach up till the third row, air bags, ABS, EBD, Hill assist, corning braking control are some of the features in this luxury vehicle.
Handling: The 2800 CC four cylinder Duramax engine is known for its high torque. It churns out a power of 200 PS and 500 LM torque which is more than enough for this two tonne vehicle. The vehicle literally gallops on reaching the 2000 rpm mark and the power is visible till it touches 4000 rpm. The six speed automatic gear box also has a manual mode. Because of its size, driving is comfortable on the highways. On the city roads, the rival vehicles will show respect. The mileage is expected to be 10km per litre.
Ex show room price is 25.96 lakhs which is not high for this American SUV. For test drive GM Chevrolet: 984703175.