Chev Trailblazer goes cross-country for SA launch

  • Duramax 2.8 diesel LTZ and Z71 models
  • Class-leading technology and connectivity
  • Advanced safety features on all models
2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The updated Chevrolet Trailblazer claims to be ” refined and capable long-distance cruiser with seating for seven”. It’s been launched in South Africa with motor journalists driving range-topping 2.8 LTZ and 2.8 Z71 units on a cross-country route from Johannesburg to Magoebaskloof in Limpopo.

The media team, each accompanied by a partner, took the SUV’s over some challenging muddy tracks, steep inclines and streams in the heart of Avocado and Mangoland.

2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Tim Hendon, Chevrolet brand banager at General Motors SA, told The Corner in a media release: “The new Trailblazer has superior refinement, styling and comfort – and excellent vehicle for taking long-distance family drives. Each has MyLink infotainment and advanced safety features such as lane-keeping and forward collision alert.

“The 2.8 litre Duramax engine gives the LTZ and Z71 units class-leading performance and drivability and great fuel-consumption in any driving conditions.”

Vehicle highlights

  • Depleted-decibels quieter ride
  • Lane-departure and blind-spot alerts (LTZ and Z71)
  • Bolder nose, new bonnet and headlights
  • New MyLink multimedia interface for Apple / Android
  • Daytime running lights (LTZ and Z71)
  • LTZ Z71 flagship gets ‘blacked-out’ wheel rims
  • Top models with 2.8-litre 144kW / 500Nm Duramax turbodiesel

The combined fuel-consumption for this engine is 9.5 litres/100km from a 76-litre (all models) tank, 0-100km/h takes 10.4sec, claimed top speed 180km/h and gradient descetd speed can be set.

All units have seven seats and 2.8-litre models are rated to tow a braked trailer weighing up to 2965kg.

LTZ models are available with all-wheel drive high- and low-range set by a dial on the transmission tunnel and prices start at R471 000. (Full list at end of feature.)

2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer

GM SA says the Trailblazer “is well-suited to commuting and long cross-country adventures”. “It has all the comfort and convenience features expected from a luxury SUV of this size,” the automaker says, “including five points for charging personal devices and eight cupholders.

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“And adjustable aircon freshens all three seat rows, the rear row foldable to increase load volume.” The alternatives are 205 litres all rows upright, 1229 litres third row down, 1830 litres second and third rows down.

More “premium look-and-feel”, the automaker says, has been achieved with wider use of soft-touch material and remote controls on the leather-rimmed steering wheel. Leather upholstery is standard across the range.

Central on the Trailblazer’s facia is an Apple and Android-compatible 19cm USB touchscreen (Bluetooth connectively is always on). LT models will display phone-based satnav; LTZ units have fully-integrated satnav.

COMPREHENSIVE DRIVING-AID PACKAGES

Crash avoidance/protection equipment across the range includes anti-lock brakes, seven crash bags (including full-length curtain bags and a driver’s knee bag (some models), pre-tensioning seat belts, IsoFix child-seat anchors and front parking radar.

LTZ models also get electronic stability/traction control, gradient descent control and trailer sway control). A rear camera and cross-traffic alert are also fitted.

2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer

The automaker asserted of the ATZ: “Forward collision alert, lane-departure warning, side blind-zone alert, rear cross-traffic alert and tyre-pressure monitoring give it one of the most comprehensive driving-aid packages available at this level.

…AND THE WARRANTIES

“The Trailblazer is a very attractive proposition in this segment with its 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 000km warranty and five-year or 90 000 km service plan.”

AND THE PRICES…

Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.5 LT 4×2 – R471 000
Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.5 LT 4×2 a/t – R489 100
Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 LTZ 4×2 a/t R562 800
Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 LTZ 4×4 a/t R624 300
Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8 Z71 4×4 a/t R634 500

2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer
2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer
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