Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8D 4×4 LTZ review

Chev-Trailblazer-thumbChevrolet Trailblazer 2.8D 4×4 LTZ

The question is: Is the Trailblazer as good as, or better than the Fortuner?

Mmmm. That depends.

It is certainly very capable and comfortable. A pleasure to drive.

General impressions Chev-Trailblazer-liftfront

The Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8D 4×4 LTZ is big, she’s bold and has a huge GM bowtie on the grill. Chuck Morris’s SUV.

The ‘blazer is basically built on a shortened new Isuzu KB chassis so remains a bakkie at heart. She even sounds like an Isuzu bakkie, but of course has a completely new engine.

The Trailblazer has the power and torque for towing big caravans and boats. And going straight over mountains if needed.132kW @ 3800rpm and 470Nm @ 2 000rpm.

Space for seven , with three rows, or fold the seats down and load a few bikes. The third row seats fold flat into the floor creating a cavernous “boot”.

Although a big car she is easy to drive and park.

Chev_Trailblazer_dashInterior

The Trailblazer has space, and uses space cleverly. The cabin gives the impression of airy room, partially a result of the light trim used for the seats and most interior surfaces.

GM claims there are 11 cup holders. I believe them.

There is ample headroom and space for your legs and shoulders.

It has a very uncluttered look. There are quite a few power points scattered around the cabin.

The third row of seats are easy to use and work really well. They fold completely flat when not in use.

The steering wheel is great to use with cruise control on the right and audio controls on the left.

The second and third row of seats also get aircon, a nice touch.

The steering wheel is great to use with cruise control on the right and audio controls on the left.

The second and third row of seats also get aircon, a nice touch.

Exterior

She looks a lot like a Fortuner on steroids. Big and bold. I like the lines.

Chev-Trailblazer-leftbackDriving impressions

This is one big SUV that is a joy to drive.

On jeep trails the Trailblazer comes into its own. It has the grunt, the gears and the go to keep going. I tested it on the Helderberg 4×4 Trail just outside Somerset West. It passed with flying colours.

The ‘blazer comes as standard with highway orientated tyres, so if you are going to spend time in the bundu it is recommended you get A/T tyres.

Niggles

The very light leather upholstery looks great when new but I am not sure it will wear well if used for off-roading.

The biggest niggle for me is the lack of diff lock.

The bonnet is quite long when driving on 4×4 trials. You can’t see the trail directly in front of the vehicle.

The Trailblazer has loads of usable power and is very easy to drive.

Summary

The Chevrolet Blazer is going to give the Fortuner a bit of a run for its money. It feels more stable on gravel roads, a weak point of the Fortuner. In many ways it improves on the Toyota.

Price

2.5 LT 4X2 MT           R364,000.00

2.8 LTZ 4X2 AT         R429,900.00

2.8 LTZ 4X4 MT         R461,300.00

2.8 LTZ 4X4 AT         R476,900.00

3.6 LTZ 4X4 AT         R486,700.00

Service Plan 5yr/90 000km, warranty 5yr/120 000km

 

 

GM Trailblazer starts production

The first production units of the all-new Chevrolet Trailblazer are now rolling off General Motors Thailand’s (GM) production line in Rayong.

The range-topping LTZ model has the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine. The Rayong plant is the first in the world to build the new Trailblazer, which will be sold in Thailand and exported to more than 50 markets across Southeast Asia and beyond, including South Africa.

Based on General Motors’ new global body-on-frame midsize truck architecture, the Trailblazer is a seven-seater. GM says it has superior off-road capabilities.

“The Trailblazer is strong and capable. Ready for rugged off-road conditions but equally well-mannered for city and long distance road trips,” said Martin Apfel, President of GM Thailand/Southeast Asia. “It’s yet another world-class Chevrolet product that demonstrates the capability, commitment and attention to detail of our dedicated Thai workforce.”

“The Trailblazer will be built in Thailand for Thailand, and soon also make its way into the rest of the world. And delivery of the Trailblazer to our customers in Thailand starts right now,” Apfel continued.