Chevrolet’s large SUV in India so far has been the Captiva. Somehow it always lacked the road presence that came along with the likes of the Toyota Fortuner or the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. But now the American Giants are bringing in the full sized SUV, The Chevrolet Trailblazer. It has everything to compete with the big boys on the Indian roads.
Speaking of the body of Chevrolet Trailblazer, it is as huge as an elephant. It’s a huge piece of machinery which sizes up almost as big as two small hatchbacks. You will have to notice it. Coupled with a ground clearance of 253mm the Trailblazer is a dominant figure.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer has swept back projector headlamps along 17-inch wheels, the LED taillights makes it look sexy as it is. The bulge on the hood, along with black roof rails, and black scuff plates on the bumpers give it a really aggressive look. Don’t expect physics defying athleticism here, though the dynamics for the class are safe and predictable.
It’s a climb rather than a step inside. Once inside the Chevrolet Trailblazer it’s a really nice place to be in with full leather seats .The driver’s seat offers electrical adjustment so you can find your comfortable position pretty quickly.
You really will feel like the King of the road once you look at the authoritative view outside the windscreen. The Camaro inspired instrument cluster deserves a special mention. The ice blue illumination coupled with the sharp fonts make it really pleasing to the eyes. In between the two dials lies the MID (Multi Information Display), which displays litres used, expected range, digital speedometer, a trip meter with average FE along with speed and even a timer. Chevrolet Trailblazer has a MyLink infotainment system. The automatic climate control has a nice chunky central dial with chrome surround, which feels really premium.
The engine of Chevrolet Trailblazer is a 2.8L Duramax diesel made out of cast iron and gives the rear wheels class leading power of 200PS@3600rpm and an equally impressive torque of 500nm@2000rpm. Coupled with a six speed AT gearbox, the car is an absolute breeze to drive. But with a large engine and an AT box, fuel efficiency has taken a hit. ARAI says it’s 11.45kmpl, so in the real world you can expect somewhere around 7-8 km/l.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer (2WD AT only) is priced at Rs 26.4 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Its direct rivals, the Toyota Fortuner 3.0 2WD AT and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 2WD AT are priced at INR 25.17 lakh and INR 25.35 lakh respectively. With the New Toyota Fortuner coming it will a must watch hustle.
But is it enough to topple its rivals right now? What do you think about it? Let us know in the comments below.