Chevrolet Trailblazer that is GM’s answer to the Toyota Fortuner. The Captiva is more of a soft roader. Now, enters the real SUV, the Trailblazer. This is one SUV that has American written all over it. Be it the design, interiors everything. This is a rugged SUV that does its work and more when in its natural element and demanding outdoors.

Chevrolet Trailblazer Exterior

The Trailblazer is among the few vehicles that feature a truck based body on frame and even within a belligerent crowd of proud SUVs, this vehicle is distinctive with its road presence. It is tall just as it is broad and long and if you like towering over your fellow traffic, this could well be your big toy.

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The Trailblazer features a raised hood that hints at powerful performance beneath the bonnet. It sports a raised cowl that adds to the intimidating look. The headlamps blend seamlessly into the frontal design while the large nearly vertical grille sports the bold Chevrolet badge. The polished aluminum trims, a prominent belt line, body colored tailgate, integrated rear lighting system and a set of 20″ wheels set within a cavernous wheel arch complete the overall looks of the Chevrolet Trailblazer. The external package combined with the size of this vehicle exudes striking confidence and unmistakable masculinity.

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Chevrolet Trailblazer Interior

As you climb into the Trailblazer, the door closes in with a nice thump and you are cocooned within the spacious interiors. There is plenty of room all around and no matter what size of clothes you fit into, the bucket seats will hold your girth with enough room to spare.

Chevrolet Trailblazer interior

The interior of the vehicle is unmistakably Chevrolet: minimalistic in terms of trim and fitment, yet ensuring that you do not lack any of the essentials. The instrument cluster is simplistic, the design and controls are within easy reach. There are a number of smart storage compartments located throughout the vehicle, including a covered center bin and a large, dual glove box. The flowing instrument panel and the integrated center stack combine seamlessly with one another while the contrasting trim elements add to the interior aesthetics. What it misses out on, are the features that are offered on other SUVs in this segment, like a push start and stop button, keyless entry.

Chevrolet Trailblazer rear seat

Featuring three rows of folding seats, this SUV makes no compromise to roominess or leg space for its occupants. The three-row fold-flat seat versatility is complete with a second and third row seat that can be folded to carry all your gear and more for a long road trip.

Chevrolet Trailblazer Engine

The Trailblazer combines the hauling and towing capability of a body-on-frame SUV with the ride comfort and efficiency of a crossover. It is not a suave saloon and makes no attempt at trying to woo-over sedan-lovers. That might take a bit of getting used to- but once you accept this monster with its little kinks and flaws, this is certainly a machine that is remarkably easy to get along with. The Trailblazer has the rugged styling that makes it a strong competitor against the Toyota Fortuner, which wasn’t the case with the Captiva. The 2.7-litre engine has the grunt, but the automatic transmission’s response is making it blunt. It has good performance, but some of ti seems to be lost in transition via the gearbox.

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Chevrolet Trailblazer Drive

The drive systems and suspension combined with the tall stature and easy maneuverability make this an ideal companion and the Trailblazer has been my partner for several road trips over uncertain terrain. It has been two months since I have lived with this vehicle- and from a lumbering giant, this big boy has earned my respect and trust as a capable and highly impressive performer.

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Chevrolet is getting a stronger competition this time against the Fortuner and the company will be increasing its localization on this SUV, to make it competitive. Even if priced well, the only question is, if Chevrolet can turn around its fortunes and offer high-reliability and cheaper spares and service than the competition. Then Chevrolet has good chance of making it large or having a strong presence in this segment.

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The Toyota Fortuner has already whetted the Indian appetite for large and attractively priced SUVs. The Trailblazer will expect to ride thatwave. Time will tell but the path will have challenging terrains especially considering that the New Fortuner is almost around the corner  and will surely be a very strong contender. Being a CBU, the pricing of the Trailblazer makes it an expensive buy.

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