Published — Thursday 20 December 2012
Last update 20 December 2012 2:36 am
Based on General Motors (GM’s) new global body-on-frame midsize truck architecture, the new-generation Trailblazer combines the hauling and towing capability of a body-on-frame SUV with the ride comfort and efficiency of a crossover.
Inside, the all-new Trailblazer features leading interior space and intuitive three-row tumble and fold-flat seating, representing Chevrolet’s most significant play in the competitive body-on-frame midsize SUV segment.
Available in two- and four-wheel-drive configurations, the Trailblazer is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 with Variable Valve Timing matched with a six speed automatic transmission, which delivers an optimal balance of power, performance and fuel economy.
“The Trailblazer was first introduced in 2002, and it quickly became Chevrolet’s best-selling SUV. The Trailblazer show vehicle made its global debut last
November at the Dubai International Motor Show, which is a reflection of the importance of this market for Chevrolet,” said John Stadwick, GM’s Middle
East president and MD.
“Without question, the all-new Trailblazer will be one of the toughest members of the Chevrolet family – the perfect vehicle to take on the Middle East’s competitive midsize SUV segment,” added Stadwick .
Roberto Rempel, GM’s global vehicle chief engineer for Midsize Trucks and SUVs, said “Indicative of its namesake, the new Trailblazer is equipped with authentic ‘tow anything, go anywhere’ capabilities thanks to a robust body-on-frame structure, and four-wheel-drive capability.”
“We believe the new Trailblazer offers the strength, design, capability and refinement needed to compete with the world’s best off-road vehicles,” added Rempel.
The Trailblazer’s foundation for both its on- and off-road capabilities is its robust body-on-frame architecture. With the support of an independent five-link rear suspension, a feature found in more upmarket, premium SUVs, the Trailblazer displays none of the typical characteristics of conventional body-on-frame SUVs. In fact, it enjoys a combination of best-in-class luxurious ride and responsiveness.
“Our objective when developing the Trailblazer was to achieve ride and handling dynamics that match, and in many cases exceed, those of similar-size crossover vehicles,” said Rempel. “The Trailblazer will cater to a wide range of driving styles and requirements. It is car-like responsive and its premium ride quality, while offering the off-road capability that our customers demand, makes it the complete SUV package.”