Spot the difference: Chevrolet updates the Trailblazer... again

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2019 Chevrolet Trailblazer gets mild refresh, tech upgrade

Barely a year has passed since Chevrolet made major revisions to the Trailblazer. This year, the American automaker has updated the PPV yet again, albeit not as extensive as last year.

At first glance, it almost looks the same as last year's model which we see on the roads but there are a few differences. Eagle-eyed readers will point out a brushed aluminum-effect skid plate at the front, along with a slightly tweaked front apron. There's also a pair of extra air inlets by the center air intake. Beefier overfenders sit on top of the wheel arches and the rear also gets a faux skid plate. Wrapping up these changes are a new set of alloy wheels.

No major changes to speak of inside as it is largely carried over from the current model. The steering does get gloss black trim, which came in silver for the 2017 Trailblazer. While there are no major changes inside, it does get a technology upgrade.

For starters, it now comes with remote start which also turns on the automatic climate control system. Windows can also be open and shut by holding the lock and unlock buttons of the key fob. A new addition to the Trailblazer range is rear cross traffic alert which tells the driver of any cars coming from left or right when backing out of parking spaces. Lane departure warning, forward collision warning and blind spot alert have also been carried over.

Perhaps most significant is the updated base engine. We've become accustomed to the 2.8-liter Duramax diesel which powers most of the range but now, the 2.5-liter turbodiesel gets an upgrade with more power and torque. Whereas the current base engine makes 163 PS and 380 Nm of torque, it gets a healthy boost to 180 PS and, perhaps more importantly, 440 Nm of torque. It is then paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

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