It's no secret that Chevrolet is gung-ho in cornering a good portion of growing car markets like Southeast Asia. And today, the American carmaker marked a milestone by unveiling the all-new Trailblazer in Thailand just days before the 33rd Bangkok International Motor Show.
"True to its name the Trailblazer will blaze the trail for new Chevrolet vehicles coming into the market," said Martin Apfel, GM president for Southeast Asia. "It has been built tough to offer Chevrolet customers everything they need from a heavy-duty SUV."
According to Chevrolet, the Trailblazer is powered by GM's new four-cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel engines in two- and four-wheel-drive configurations. The 2.5-liter variant offers an output of 150hp and 350Nm. The range-topping 2.8-liter variant with a six-speed automatic transmission delivers 180hp and 470Nm, while the five-speed manual releases 440Nm of torque.
"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 Brad Merkel, GM global-vehicle-line executive for midsize trucks and SUVs. "The Trailblazer will cater to a wide range of driving styles and requirements. It is car-like responsive and premium in its ride quality while offering the off-road capability that our customers demand. That makes it the complete SUV package."
The new Chevrolet Trailblazer will be on display at the Bangkok Motor Show next week and will be sold in Thailand starting June. When will it arrive in the Philippines? We asked Chevrolet Philippines the same thing and here's what Lyn Buena, the company's marketing director, said: "Our hope is it will make it sometime in the second semester of 2012."
That may still be quite a wait. For now, why don't you give Chevy an idea of what you think would be the fair market price of the new Chevrolet Trailblazer when it arrives in the Philippine market? Type away.
MAKE AND MODEL: Chevrolet Trailblazer
VEHICLE TYPE: Midsize sport-utility vehicle
ASSEMBLER'S PITCH: "Based on the new global body-on-frame midsize truck architecture, the Trailblazer features premium ride comfort and handling dynamics for urban and highway driving, matched by superior off-road capabilities. 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 midsize SUV segment."
ENGINE DATA: Duramax four-cylinder turbo-diesel in 2.5- and 2.8-liter displacements
BASIC SPECS AND FEATURES:
Anti-lock braking system
Hydraulic brake assist
Dynamic rear brake proportioning (first use of rear-drive brake in the market)
Electronic brake-force distribution
Engine drag control
Driver and occupant airbag protection
Second-row 60/40 split seats with fold-flat capability
Third-row 50/50 split seats with center console storage and fold-flat capability
Flat floor storage from the front row rearward when all seats are folded
Auxiliary power plug with USB and Bluetooth connectivity