Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Chevrolet | posted August 22, 2016 10:11
Chevrolet gives Trailblazer PPV a major makeover
Earlier this year, Chevrolet revealed the redesigned Trailblazer concept at the Bangkok International Motor Show. It was followed soon after by a global debut in Brazil of the production version in May of this year. At the 2016 Big Motor Sale in Thailand, the automaker has launched the 2017 Trailblazer, the first in the ASEAN region.
At the front, the front fascia has been completely revamped. The headlights have been reshaped and now incorporate daytime running lights while the signature split grill has been made wider. Its front bumper is all-new as well with larger lower air intakes and repositioned foglights. It also rides on new wheels along with tweaked tail lights and rear bumper. The rest of the bodywork carries over from the current model.
Inside, the dash is also new. It now follows the design of the US-Spec Colorado and gets rid of the circular housing for the climate control. The dash appears to be more upright and the air-con vents have been repositioned as well. Air-conditioning controls are now placed just below the audio system. Chevrolet has also brought in Apple CarPlay in the Trailblazer. This system works in conjunction with Chevrolet's infotainment system called MyLink. The steering wheel and the rest of the cabin carries over unchanged.
For the Thai market, the 2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer also gets a host of new safety equipment. In top spec models, it gets Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Alert, Front and Rear Park Assist, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Trailer Sway Control. Hill Start Assist and a driver's knee airbag. This redesign also ushers in electronic power steering, replacing the old hydraulic system in the current model.
Thai-Spec Trailblazers are powered by an uprated 2.5 liter Duramax turbodiesel although power ratings have yet to be revealed. Meanwhile in Brazil, that market gets the 2.8 liter Duramax, also seen in local market models. That engine produces 200 PS and 500 Nm of torque which Chevrolet claims is the segment's best. It is yet unknown if the Philippines will be getting the uprated 2.5 liter turbodiesel or retain the 2.8 liter Duramax.
The Covenant Car Company Inc., the official distributor of Chevrolet vehicles in the Philippines, said that they are slating the Philippine launch of the redesigned Trailblazer by the third or fourth quarter of this year. It could likely by sooner with the Philippine International Motor Show coming next month.