Good days are back for General Motors.
General Motors were already on the quench for launching an SUV and this news was not more than many months. Good news ahead for all the Chevy lovers including the author. General Motors were already rubbing their mouth on bringing an SUV to the Indian market soon and now its on the verge. Now that, the company has already started testing the car and there were a glimpse on the car while it was undergoing testing and though heavily camouflaged, one can’t help but notice the enormous size of the car.
The TrailBlazer is a full-fledged SUV that is based on General Motors’ Colorado pick-up truck’s ladder frame chassis. GM will bring the TrailBlazer to India via the CKD route and will be assembled at the company’s Halol plant, Gujarat. Because it will be a CKD, we can expect it to be price competitive and this will help it give tough competition ton the likes of the Toyota Fortuner, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mitsubishi Pajero, and the upcoming new-gen Ford Endeavour.
Talking about dimensions, the TrailBlazer is 4,878mm long, 1,902mm wide and 1,834mm high, and has a large wheelbase of 2,870mm. The list of safety features in this 7-seater SUV will include anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution system (EBD), electronic stability control, traction control, hill descent control, engine drag control, and airbags for driver and co-passenger among other provisions. Now that it is found testing, GM plans to launch the TrailBlazer in the second half of this year.
The TrailBlazer will be powered by a 2.8-litre diesel engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This engine is good for 180bhp and 470Nm of torque. One must note that the company will also offer the vehicle with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Chevrolet Trailblazer is expected to be priced somewhere in the 28 lacs. For the SUV under Chevy, anyone can just make a move on it.