It has been four years since the second-generation Chevrolet Trailblazer entered our market. And now a refreshed version was presented at the Big Motor Sale 2016 in Thailand. It shows off a new front fascia with a restyled grille, headlamps, and daytime running lights. A revised hood and alloy wheel design are also part of the updates. All these give the midsize SUV a more robust yet refined stance.
However, the biggest change can be seen on the inside. The dash now features a more straightforward layout. Gone are the circular cues, and in their place is a more legible switchgear placement. Depending on the variant, there is now a large, eight-inch infotainment touchscreen interface that controls a whole suite of entertainment, connectivity, and vehicle functions. Chevrolet also promises a more premium feel with soft touch materials and better NVH insulation all around. For a more quiet cabin, even the windows are now thicker.
Safety is also a primary selling point of the refreshed Trailblazer. Modern goodies like side blind zone alert, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, second row seatbelt reminder, and front and rear parking assist are just some of the new toys. The Chevrolet SUV is also the first in the segment to feature a remote engine start system. This is a godsend for cooling the cabin on a hot day.
Speaking of engines, the new 2.5-liter Duramax in-line four-cylinder turbodiesel now puts out 177hp and 440Nm from as low as 2,000rpm. This is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox and can be had in either 4x2 or 4x4 configurations. The engine has also been tuned for better refinement and noise suppression; a good match for the suspension’s improved handling and ride comfort.
This model facelift actually debuted in Brazil a few months ago. But with its arrival in Thailand, where we source our supply of Trailblazers, it’s only a matter of time before Chevrolet Philippines brings it in.