Remember the Chevrolet Trailblazer unveiled in China earlier this year? And just to make things clear, we’re referring to the compact SUV, not the midsize SUV familiar to the Philippine market. Well, it finally has an engine to go with its aggressive design.
The vehicle has just launched in the Chinese market, where it’s available in five variants with prices ranging from RMB139,900 (about P1 million) to RMB179,900 (roughly P1.3 million). It also has an all-wheel drivetrain.
The smaller Chevrolet Trailblazer also gets a different 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline engine capable of 162hp at 5,600rpm and 240Nm of torque at 1,500-4,000rpm. The car manufacturer claims this is good for a 0-100kph sprint in 9.3sec. The engine comes mated to either a CVT or a nine-speed automatic transmission that allows drivers to switch between front- and all-wheel drive.
Chevrolet has packed in some impressive safety tech, too. This includes lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and pedestrian collision mitigation, among others.
SAIC-GM general director Scott Lawson says SUVs are among the most popular segments with China’s younger car buyers. “However, customers are looking for more personalized choices—and the Trailblazer delivers on customer individuality and preferences,” he adds.
So, a smaller Chevrolet Trailblazer with a more modest engine. How do you think this would stack up against the competition in the Philippine market?