The Trailblazer, Chevrolet’s tough new “haul-anything, go-anywhere” SUV, has just made its world debut yesterday ahead of The 33rd Bangkok International Motor Show in Thailand.
Based on General Motors’ new global body-on-frame midsize truck architecture, the Trailblazer was designed with ride comfort and handling dynamics in mind for both urban and highway driving, along with off-road driving capabilities.
Available in two- and four-wheel-drive configurations, the Trailblazer is powered by GM’s new four-cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel engines. The 2.8-liter engine is rated at 180 horsepower and 470 Nm of torque with an available six-speed automatic transmission or 440 Nm with a five-speed manual. The 2.5-liter engine is rated at 150 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque.
According to Martin Apfel, president, GM Southeast Asia and Chevrolet Sales Thailand, the new Trailblazer will be built at GM Thailand’s manufacturing facility in Rayong and will boost Chevrolet’s presence in the world’s fast-growing SUV markets.
“True to its name, the Trailblazer will blaze the trail for new Chevrolet vehicles coming into the market. It has been built tough to offer Chevrolet customers everything they need from a heavy-duty SUV,” he said.
The Trailblazer was developed in tandem with the all-new Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup truck by GM's engineers who added passenger vehicle attributes to the midsize truck architecture. As a testament to the engineers' dedication to developing the new Trailblazer, they actually lived in Thailand during the R&D phase of the Colorado and Trailblazer, immersing themselves in the highly competitive truck and SUV market and observing how Thais use their vehicles and the driving conditions they experience. The insights gathered led to the development of Trailblazer models covering two specification levels: the mid-level LT and the range-topping LTZ.
First previewed in concept form at last year’s Dubai International Motor Show in the Middle East, the Trailblazer will go on sale around the world, beginning with Thailand in June.
All indicators point to the Trailblazer competing in the 7-seat Asian SUV category with the Toyota Fortuner, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Isuzu Alterra and Ford Everest instead of the midsize SUV category like the previous model... or perhaps somewhere in between.