Chevrolet Philippines announces intro prices of new Trailblazer

By Vernon B. Sarne
 

Chevrolet Trailblazer

Several months ago, we joined other members of the motoring media in test-driving the new Chevrolet Trailblazer in Thailand. That story came out in our September 2012 issue. And because the venue was Thailand, the Trailblazers used were naturally Thai-market units.

Yesterday, we became the first publication to drive the Philippine-market Trailblazer, the very unit you see in the photos here. We brought it to the Batangas Racing Circuit, where we were also test-driving the hatchback and sedan versions of the subcompact Sonic.

According to Chevrolet Philippines marketing director Lyn Buena, who rode shotgun in the Trailblazer, the all-new seven-seater SUV has been assigned "introductory prices" of P1,368,888for the 4x2 manual-transmission variant and P1,718,888 for the 4x4 automatic-transmission version. This should aid the new Trailblazer in doing competitive battle with rivalsMitsubishi Montero SportandToyota Fortuner.

The Philippine-spec Trailblazer is equipped with either a 2.8-liter Duramax VGT CRDi turbodiesel engine (for the six-speed automatic) rated at 180hp and 470Nm, or a 2.5-liter diesel (for the five-speed manual) rated at 150hp and 350Nm. Among the features listed for our market's Trailblazer include:

* Antilock brakes with dynamic brake distribution and panic brake assist;

* Cornering brake control;

* Traction control;

* Hill descent control;

* Electronic stability control;

* 800mm of wading capability;

* Electronic transfer-case shift mode for the 4x4 variant;

* 3,000kg towing capacity;

* Projector headlamps and LED taillights;

* 18-inch wheels;

* Flush-mounted roof rails;

* Full digital connectivity (USB, Bluetooth and auxiliary); and

* Five-year warranty with 24/7 roadside assistance.

What do you think of the "introductory prices"?

UPDATE: We've corrected the horsepower rating for the 2.5-liter variant. It should be 150hp, not 110hp. We apologize for the confusion.

Photos by Vernon B. Sarne

Chevrolet Trailblazer

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  • JoHunter Oct 04 2012 @ 02:27am
    A 2.8 liter engine with a 180hp output... seems kinda inefficient. What's the rev range?
    • tgstig Oct 04 2012 @ 02:32am
      470Nm @ 2000rpm
      • JoHunter Oct 04 2012 @ 02:33am
        Yan medyo okay
        • tgstig Oct 04 2012 @ 02:46am
          yep. medyo malaki to so baka inefficient nga. pero diesel naman to at may vgt intercooler so ok na yan. kung maganda rin transmission nito katulad sa fortuner na responsive ok na ok yan.
  • tgstig Oct 04 2012 @ 02:40am
    gasgas agad yung pwet? o dumi lang yan?
    • kumagpoko Oct 04 2012 @ 08:14am
      dumi yan natural... isip isip naman sir.
  • Fernando Amorsolo Oct 04 2012 @ 03:10am
    Parang ang lake niyan ah. Base on spec, it seems that, it got some guns. ON figures (base on the conversation above) 470 Nm of Torque ready at 2000 rpm - that automatically killed all the SUVs in the market. (which makes it inefficient nga lang. 2.8 liter - it will bore a hole in mypocket)

    In its stance - siguro kasi sariwa lang pa sa mata, pero the Looks are okay.

    2.5 liter, 110 Hp, 350 Nm of Torque - Same Figures with the 2.5 liter Everest. But this engine has to throw much more weight. Ang lake niya.

    Six Speed Automatic -- Then that makes it Efficient - and First in the segment. Yung 3 (MS, Fort and Eve lahat 5 speed).

    Oh, I have this weird feeling. This will be another exciting year :))
    • Fernando Amorsolo Oct 04 2012 @ 03:16am
      Everest nga pala is 145 HP and 350 Nm of Torque. So this thing pala is as "quick" as the Fortuner.
      • GotToRead Oct 04 2012 @ 10:48am
        What I've read in other sites the 2.5 liter produces 150 HP.
      • barry Oct 04 2012 @ 04:49pm
        don't lose hope bud, im sure, ford will also have their all-new everest. we might know, the everest is in the works now. let's just wait!
    • Vernon B. Sarne
      Vernon B. Sarne Oct 04 2012 @ 02:11pm
      We've corrected the horsepower rating for the 2.5-liter variant. It should be 150hp, not 110hp. We apologize for the confusion.
    • barry Oct 04 2012 @ 04:47pm
      im also have a weird feeling...parang nauutot ako! haha
      • Fernando Amorsolo Oct 04 2012 @ 08:32pm
        Your comment sir made my day haha
  • Fernando Amorsolo Oct 04 2012 @ 03:11am
    Introductory Price -- Winner :)
    • Fernando Amorsolo Oct 04 2012 @ 03:12am
      But I think - Give it 6 mos. Tapos na ang Introductory price - Papalo 'to ng 1.9 Mil (high end)
      • nicologarcia Oct 04 2012 @ 10:46am
        yup, just like the Orlando. from 1.18M to almost 1.3M :/
      • tgstig Oct 04 2012 @ 11:16am
        pinaka high-end na yung LTZ 2.8L 4X4, baka kung mag price increase yan nasa 1.75m na max. syempre target nya mga buyers foturner at MS.
  • PZEV Oct 04 2012 @ 05:35am
    Ayos lang ang "introductory prices" ng New Trailblaizer,but expect to go higher by 2013,because they expect Engineering Changes or improvements!
  • hero01581 Oct 04 2012 @ 06:43am
    wlng 4x2 na A/T?
    • numbah5 Oct 04 2012 @ 10:13am
      Wala pa raw according to my SA in Chevrolet Greenhills. Hopefully next year meron na raw
  • bruce Oct 04 2012 @ 07:09am
    looks very big talaga! i thought it will compete with the Explorer.. pero nice introductory price!
  • dudes073 Oct 04 2012 @ 07:11am
    may pagpipilian na ang mga car enthusiast .
  • nestortinam Oct 04 2012 @ 08:05am
    parang hindi ang tunay na trailblazer ito. Mas ok iyon sa US.
    • GotToRead Oct 04 2012 @ 10:49am
      Discontinued na yung Trailblazer na yun, it was replaced by the Traverse.
  • RS500 Oct 04 2012 @ 08:43am
    nakita ko na to sa actual. maluwag to saka ganda ng gawa. un nga lang medyo bitin tingnan ung stance niya. masyadong mataas para sa size ng gulong. kailangan to drop pa ng 1 inch
  • ttej123 Oct 04 2012 @ 09:22am
    It's quite a bit expensive, if I were them, I will lower the price of the manual transmission and introduce a 4x2 automatic transmission with a price P1.370M- 1.400M. Patay sila sa Montero at Fortuner kasi merong 4x2 na automatic. Kasi other people would think na hindi naman kailangan ng 4x4 sa city kaya 4x2 na lang and sana may automatic para hindi nakakapagod mag shift ng gear lalo na sa traffic. :)
    • numbah5 Oct 04 2012 @ 10:16am
      Yung M/T variant nila is actually priced right. Mas mahal ng 38,888 pesos sa Montero Sport GLX-V Limited, pero may bluetooth ang HU nito at USB connectivity. Also to mention that meron na ring rear fog lamps ang M/T variant at manual leveling headlamps
      • Kyoichi Sudo Oct 05 2012 @ 04:04pm
        I don't know if you're naturally clueless about the happenings in this country or if you really don't know that the GLX-V is already phased out. It is already replaced by the new Montero Sport GLX that is available in two flavors, the Manual GLX that costs P1,198M and the Automatic(its true, an automatic base variant) GLX that can be bought for only P1,298M.

        You see the prices now but don't underestimate it for now until I say the features of the GLX. Now, the GLX features the same headunit the GTV has, minus the steering wheel controls and the standard Navi system(from standard to optional). It also features the side mirror lamps that can only be found before in the GTV. It also gets front foglamps, colored side mirrors and door handles, 17" Montero Sport rims and lastly projector-type headlamps.

        With this base Montero Sport w/ not-so-base features, the MS GLX is the cheapest but value for money SUV of today.
    • numbah5 Oct 04 2012 @ 10:17am
      Yung 4x2 A/T variant daw, 2.8 Duramax ang engine. Hopefully next year meron nang 4x2 A/T
  • warren_r Oct 04 2012 @ 09:22am
    This is very good to all consumers. More choices and not constrained to few manufacturers. Good job for the distributor of Chevy (Covenant). Very good specs on your SUV and tempting price. If I am for a market for a SUV (in the near future), the Trailblazer will definitely on the short list. Keep it up.
  • neutral Oct 04 2012 @ 09:25am
    It seems that the everest & alterra are out of the picture now and were not mentioned as competitors of the new Trailblazer. Can we just call them the battle of the big three(TB, monty & fort-all pick up based suvs)? Anyway, why is it that the TB 2.8 liter is also only with the 4x4 model? This set up are with the fortuner & everest wherein the bigger engines are only offered as 4x4 variants. Business strategy to have more profits?
    • Fernando Amorsolo Oct 04 2012 @ 08:20pm
      I beg to disagree. Alterra and everest need not to be introduced just to say they are rivals. Suffice to say that they are all in the truck based suvs, means they are all in the same market.
  • Kim John Oct 04 2012 @ 09:45am
    wala pala tong multimedia screen?
    • numbah5 Oct 04 2012 @ 10:19am
      As of the moment, wala pa. Last time I heard, TCCCI is working on with their aftermarket partners to make a DVD/GPS/TV HU for the Colorado and Trailblazer. I hope for the first buyers of this PPV like me, free upgrade yun hehe
  • Pompyang Oct 04 2012 @ 09:48am
    Kailan kaya din kaya ilalabas ng Nissan dito sa Phils.ang kanilang Pathfinder to compete with this segment? Para magka alaman na! :)
  • nicologarcia Oct 04 2012 @ 10:45am
    Parang medyo pangit yung cut ng bumper sa side, ma-kanto. Then again, I'm nitpicking. This is a very nice addition to the current roster of mid-size SUVs. Let's wait for the new Everest and let the battle of Thai-made American mid-size SUVs begin!!!!!!! Sana may LT Automatic at 1.45M
    • Fernando Amorsolo Oct 04 2012 @ 08:21pm
      Thats the spirit hehe American midsize suvs (made in thailand) haha
  • GotToRead Oct 04 2012 @ 10:52am
    Is it just me or Colorado, Veracruz, Fortuner and Alterra had a sexy foursome and now no one knows who's the father.
    • Kyoichi Sudo Oct 05 2012 @ 04:05pm
      you forgot the Montero Sport...
  • Rem Oct 04 2012 @ 11:28am
    Isuzu, where's the next gen Alterra? naunahan na rin kayo sa Colorado. :(
  • ajsiaotong Oct 04 2012 @ 02:10pm
    Wow! i think it's way better than the Monty and the Fortuner. i Can't w8 to read/hear about the interior and road test.
  • nikiboy Oct 04 2012 @ 02:17pm
    Let's wait for the new Ford Everest to come out hopefully by next year. Let the battle of pick-up based SUV intensify! At least, we have enough choices.
  • edgarcia77 Oct 04 2012 @ 03:17pm
    http://www.bangkokpost.com/media/content/20120813/416194.jpg

    Check differences between fortuner, montero & trakokilblazer here. of course, these are Thailand made specs.
  • edgarcia77 Oct 04 2012 @ 03:21pm
  • mindkinetic Oct 04 2012 @ 04:11pm
    yahooooo a manual trailblazer and only at 1.3m ! i hope Covenat will stick with this price range and for sure sales will skyrocket.
  • Silver_Aviator Oct 04 2012 @ 04:52pm
    The prices for both models are okay. And I think this would sell more than the Fortuner, and the Montero sport. A 2.5 liter manual and has a 150hp this would be a hit here in the philippines.
  • rdjl_13 Oct 04 2012 @ 06:45pm
    I'm excited to see how it performs given the most powerful diesel engine in the competition (excluding Sta. Fe and Sorento). :D
  • 17Sphynx17 Oct 04 2012 @ 07:28pm
    Price seems okay for both. Although exactly unclear what is standard in the 2.5 variant though from all the features as I doubt they would all be standard for the 2.5 MT.

    From the photos, it looks like more space in the passenger cabin compared to the Fort and Monty, wonder what the estimated FC is.

    Price should be indicative of what we can expect when the Everest rolls out for our shores, so I'm still waiting on that. =)

    Exciting times ahead. =)
    • numbah5 Oct 04 2012 @ 10:14pm
      Standard for the 2.5 LT 4x2 M/T are the following: front and rear foglamps, 4 disc brakes, manual leveling headlamps, same HU as that of the LTZ with Bluetooth, and integrated LED turn signal repeaters on the side mirrors. Included also are ABS with EBD.
  • parrehkim Oct 04 2012 @ 10:27pm
    ANG GANDA NG DESIGN I LIKE THE FRONT VIEW PARANG EXECUTIVE ANG DATING AND MY PAGKAHAWIG SA FORTUNER AT MALAKAS PA ANG MAKINA 180 HP MATED WITH 6-SPEED AT TRANNY VGT DIN UNG TURBO SAN KPA KSO LNG HINDI NKA PADDLE SHIFTER LIKE MONTERO SPORTS GTV
  • 16bab16 Oct 04 2012 @ 10:33pm
    the newest king of suv here in phils? super ganda talaga
  • dtkiko Oct 04 2012 @ 10:37pm
    Ang ganda with matching Safeguard soap (Procter & Gamble) symbol sa harap at likod hehehehe - the Chevrolet emblem....
  • betski3 Oct 05 2012 @ 10:23am
    hope to see 4x2 a/t to match the monty and fort , also done a comparo between the three leading SUV in the market
  • betski3 Oct 05 2012 @ 10:29am
    watch out for the new everest, I think there will be a good head to head match up , monty, everest, fort, trailblazer, nice to see in top gear mag, attention mr. vernon.
  • dmaxred18 Oct 05 2012 @ 12:20pm
    All new Isuzu D-Max/Alterra , SAAN KA NA BA?
    • Kyoichi Sudo Oct 05 2012 @ 03:46pm
      Yeah! WE WANT ISUZU!!!
  • Kyoichi Sudo Oct 05 2012 @ 04:09pm
    Nice but what I really wanted is the all-new Alterra and D-Max. C'mon Isuzu show us the all-new Alterra!!!
  • Baguioboy Oct 06 2012 @ 01:03pm
    Wow. How cruel. Sana i-avail nila itong diesel powered T/B sa US roads din. With another brand added to the SUV lineup I hope the price will come down on these types of vehicles. Happy motoring, folks.
  • oh_noh Jan 24 2013 @ 04:18pm
    sampolan na yan para maging good precedence!
  • miveranu Feb 08 2013 @ 06:12am
    I like this Chevy 2.8 Trailblazer. Let's just hope na hindi lang sa specs ito maganda. Mas ok kung wala rin issue pag ginagamit na..
  • lstrtoledana 9 months ago
    We buy a 4x2 2.5 variant trailblazer last August. At masasabi ko, talagang mabilis sya. Nag convoy kme ng kuya ko from pampanga to isabela. 2012 Ford everest sakanya, at sbe nya mabilis tlga tong trailblazer. Pero hindi sya naiiwan, talagan mabilis dn ang everest (at mas tipid pa) pero 1.5 liters lang naman from pampanga to isabela, cguro sa driving habit nalang nagkatalo. I'm looking forward na sana yung isang kuya ko naman ang maka-convoy ko. w/ his 2010 isuzu alterra 4x2 variant to see the differences between the 2. :)

    I recommend this car to those people who will buy a SUV car. Okay sya promise! at kung iniisip nyo na hindi sya fuel efficient, nagkakamali po kayo. Everyday ko sya service for school and weekends activity. Efficient sya and at the same time masarap sya i-drive :) plus mapapatingin yung mga tao sayo kase fresh pa sya sa philippines.
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