Chevrolet Trailblazer offers luxury ride

2017-03-15 06:03

CHEVROLET has come out swinging in the seven-seater SUV market once again, with a revised Trailblazer. The 2017 model year range now comprises five manual and automatic versions of the rear-wheel-drive 2.5-litre LT, rear and four-wheel-drive auto and manual versions of the 2.8 LTZ and a new flagship in the shape of the Z71, which is based on the LTZ 4x4. The price band is from R464 000 to R623 200 for the Z71, which pays homage to Chevrolet’s rich “Zee” car performance heritage.

“The new Trailblazer brings together superior levels of refinement, styling, comfort and technology with class-leading performance and drivability to meet the versatile needs of increasingly discerning customers,” said Brian Olson, vice-president vehicle sales, service and marketing General Motors Sub-Saharan Africa.

Chevrolet Trailblazer buyers can now opt for an uprated 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine (VGT — Variable Geometry Turbo) with a six-speed automatic transmission in the LT trim level. This 132 kW/440 Nm combination is unique to models equipped with automatic transmissions and gives it impressive punch exactly where it is needed, irrespective of load. Combined fuel consumption for the 2.5L Automatic models is rated at 8,6 l/100 km with 226 g/km of CO2 emissions. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 11,0 seconds with a top speed limited to 180 km/h.

Safety equipment across the range still includes ABS with EBD, PBA (Panic Brake Assist), HBFA (Hydraulic Brake Fade Assist), seven airbags (including full-length curtain airbags) — the Trailblazer also picks up a driver’s knee airbag for added protection, pre-tensioning seatbelts, ISOFIX child seat anchors and front park assist.

LTZ models benefit from the addition of Stabilitrak electronic stability/traction control, HDC (Hill Descent Control), and TSC (Trailer Sway Control). A rear-mounted camera parking assistance system with cross traffic alert is also fitted.

Technology added to LTZ models for the 2017 model year are forward collision alert, lane departure warning, side blind zone alert, rear cross traffic alert and tyre pressure monitoring; giving it one of the most comprehensive driver aid packages available at this level.

The Trailblazer is a very attractive proposition in this segment with its intelligent tumble flat seven-seat configuration, generous equipment, excellent safety levels and established engines backed up by Chevrolet’s Complete Care after sales package with a best-in-class five-year/120 000 km warranty and a highly-competitive five-year and 90 000 km service plan.

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