General Motors has launched its second luxury SUV for India, in the form of the Trailblazer. Big, butch and feature loaded, the Trailblazer is imported into India through the completely built unit (CBU) route. Priced (introductory) at 26.4 lakh rupees, ex-showroom for the fully loaded LTZ variant, the Trailblazer will take on the likes of the Toyota Fortuner 2.5 AT and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport AT.
The SUV seats seven and is aimed at those looking for a large, comfortable and imposing option for city streets and highway runs. That explains the lack of a four wheel drive layout. Yes, the Trailblazer is rear wheel driven, but uses a 6 speed automatic gearbox, as the convenience factor of driving this behemoth is what General Motors wants to emphasize on.
A lot of things about the Trailblazer are “massive”. From the sky high 231 mm ground clearance to the segment leading 2,845 mm wheelbase, the SUV based on the Chevrolet Colorado pick up truck oozes big street presence. Then, there’s that 2.8 liter Duramax turbo diesel engine with 197 Bhp-500 Nm. No luxury SUV has ever touched the 500 Nm mark in India. So, the Trailblazer blazes a trail, quite literally, as far as torque numbers go.
It’s this torque that gives the Trailblazer a 0-100 Kph acceleration run of 9.89 seconds, a figure that makes the big Chevy faster than every other sub-30 lakh rupees luxury SUV in India. In terms of features, the SUV is well equipped. A touchscreen infotainment interface, rear-view camera, leather seats, projector headlamps, cruise control, powered wing mirrors and electrically adjustable driver’s seat are standard.
Disc brakes on all 4 wheels, ABS, EBD, Electronic Stability Program, panic brake assist, cornering brake control and twin airbags are standard. Bookings for the Trailblazer are now open across General Motors’ dealerships in India, and also on Amazon.in. Deliveries will begin shortly. A four wheel drive variant of the Trailblazer could be launched next year.