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The updated Trailblazer has pulled off the beaten path into the media spotlight, with Chevrolet referring to the SUV as a “refined and capable long distance cruiser with seating for seven passengers.”

In terms of engines, top of the range models are powered by a 2.8 litre Duramax Turbo-diesel (VGT) engine which boasts 144 kW, and a class leading 500 Nm of torque. The combined fuel consumption figure for models with this engine is a claimed 9.5 l per 100 km, whilst acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h takes 10.4 seconds with a top speed limited to 180 km/h. All models have a 76 litre fuel tank to allow for a long travel range.

A ‘gradient braking’ function assists drivers with maintaining speed on difficult down hills, which makes for an especially useful safety benefit when towing. A fast-acting limited slip differential is also ideal in this regard too (as well as when driving on low traction surfaces), and remains a feature of all models.

In addition to its seven seat capacity, 2.8 litre models have can legally pull a braked trailer weighing 2 965 kilograms.

LTZ models are available with optional four wheel drive with low range, which is the default set-up on the Z71. Changing between the two-high, four-high, and four-low drive modes is just a turn of a dial away. The Trailblazer is fitted with an all new Electronic Power Steering (EPS) system,  which features Active Pull and Smooth Road Shake Compensation, adding to a smoother more refined driving experience.

Other Vehicle Highlights include:

• Improved management of noise, vibration harshness reduces cabin noise by more than half (four decibels).
• Driver aids such as lane departure warning and blind spot alert for LTZ and Z71 models.
• Bolder nose with new bonnet and headlights and redesigned lower valance, while retaining the distinctive          horizontal bar separating the updated upper and lower grilles.
• Next generation MyLink 2.0 multimedia interface, fully compatible with both Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
• LED Daytime running lights on the LTZ and Z71 for heightened visibility.
• Range topping LTZ Z71 flagship gets ‘blacked-out’ wheels, door handles and mirrors along with a unique decal treatment for a distinctive visual persona.

All of these updates help make the Trailblazer a very attractive proposition in this segment, with its intelligent tumble flat seven-seat configuration, generous equipment, excellent safety levels and established engines backed up by Chevrolet’s Complete Care after sales package with a best-in-class five year or 120 000 km warranty plus a five year and 90 000 km service plan.

Pricing (incl. VAT)

Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.5 LT 4×2 M/T        R 471 000
Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.5 LT 4×2 A/T        R 489 100
Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 LTZ 4×2 A/T      R 562 800
Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 LTZ 4×4 A/T      R624 300
Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 Z71 4×4 A/T      R634 500

In other car related news, Volvo’s new S90 recently made its South African debut.