Chevrolet brings in the All-New Trailblazer Premium Compact SUV


Story by Randy S. Peregrino

AFTER the successful launch of the Tracker, Chevrolet Philippines recently brought in its latest contender in the highly-contested compact SUV segment—the All-New Trailblazer. The Trailblazer premium compact SUV is poised to step above the competition, built to target the forward-thinking, tech-savvy, and independent audience.

“We are proud to introduce the all-new 2022 Chevy Trailblazer to the Philippine market,” said Atty. Albert B. Arcilla, president and Chief Executive Officer of Chevrolet Philippines–TCCCI. “The Trailblazer is a continuation of the new design language for Chevy’s crossover family and extends our momentum into one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments. It continues the SUV heritage of the revered nameplate now loaded with safety and convenience features that anticipate the needs of today’s most discerning customers,” he added.

This latest model from Chevrolet Philippines will cater to individuals who lead active lifestyles and put a premium on being connected. Further, environment-conscious buyers will be pleased with the vehicle’s highly efficient yet exhilarating powertrain. With a long list of safety features supplementing the drive, the Trailblazer offers added peace of mind behind the wheel.

Outstanding design

According to Stuart Norris, design director of global Chevrolet compact SUVs, the Trailblazer doesn’t simply let customers express their style—it encourages it. “Its design is bold, confident, and full of personality.”

Upfront is a Camaro-inspired fascia with Intellibeam LED Headlamps, LED daylight running lights, and LED fog lamps. Notable is Chevrolet’s signature dual-port grille providing that multilayered and dimensional appearance. Moreover, there is an accent bar integrated with the headlamps and a simulated front skid plate. The flanks, meantime, have taut character lines, a sleek roofline, and a bold hood shape to accentuate its youthful character. As for the rear end, there is a LED high-mount stop lamp, a hands-free power liftgate, LED taillamps, a rear camera, and sensors. Rounding off the exterior are the 17-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.

Versatile interior with unmatched connectivity

Inside, the jet-black leather interior is accented by white stitching all around. Front seats are heated as well. The dashboard has an eight-inch MyLink with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Also, there is an automatic HVAC with Air Moisture Sensor and AC Cabin Pollen Filter for added comfort for all passengers. The leather-wrapped steering wheel has embedded cruise and audio controls. Both Electronic Power Steering (EPS) and Push Button starter are standard on both Premium and LT variants.

The second row, meantime, has split-folding 60/40 seats. The cargo area also features a two-tier cargo floor. Entry to the cabin is effortless thanks to the Passive Entry System.

State-of-the-art engine technology

Under the hood is GM’s next-generation Euro IV E-Turbo engine. The 1.3-liter inline three-cylinder DOHC turbocharged powerplant delivers 155hp at 5,600rpm and 236 N-m of maximum torque between 1,600rpm and 4,000rpm. Highlights include an active thermal management system that maintains optimum engine and transmission temperature through various sensors. There is also a variable displacement oil pump that ensures oil delivery is optimized depending on the engine load. Then an electric water pump that is independent of the engine and eliminates parasitic drag.

Aiding with engine temperature management are active grille shutters that close on the highway runs with reduced engine cooling requirement, decreasing aerodynamic drag and maximizing aerodynamic efficiency. Power delivery to the front wheels is via Hydramatic VT40 CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission). This new-generation lightweight six-speed CVT operates on a multi-drive-mode system to match road conditions. There is also an engine start/stop system that helps save fuel and reduces emissions.

Standard safety features and added driver-assist technologies

Available as standards are the three-point seatbelts, six airbags (driver, front passenger, side, and curtain airbags), four-eye rear sensors with a camera, a tire pressure monitoring system, and tire-fill alert. Other standard features are Anti-lock Braking System, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, Hill Start Assist, Cornering Brake Control, Roll Over Protection, and Engine Drag Control.

The All-New Trailblazer also comes with a host of brake assist systems such as Brake Pre-Fill, Fading Brake Assist (FBA), and Panic Brake Assist (PBA). Mini Spare Detection automatically detects if an emergency or spare tire is in use. This system adjusts the brakeforce, torque and power applied on the spare. The parking brake is also electronically actuated.

Cutting-edge driver assistance systems available are Forward Collision Alert, Following Distance Indicator, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, and Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning. Rear Camera, Rear Park Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic alert are present to ensure an added layer of protection from untoward incidents.

The Torque Vectoring by Brakes (TVBB) system applies a brake to the inside wheel during a turn to assist in enthusiastic cornering. Light brake force is applied to the front inside wheel as soon as it loses grip, sending more engine torque to the outside wheel with more grip.

The Chevy Trailblazer is manufactured at the General Motors Incheon plant in South Korea. The model, built on a global GM platform, is available in North America, South Korea, China, and now in the Philippines. The new Chevy Trailblazer will be available in two variants. The LT retails at P1,488,888 million while the tope spec Premier retails at P1,621,888 million. Exterior color options are Summit White, Black Meet Kettle Metallic, Crimson Metallic, Blue Glow Metallic, Vivid Metallic, Mahogany Red Metallic, Abalone White Tri-coat, and Satin Steel Grey Metallic.

The all-new Chevy Trailblazer is now available in all Chevrolet dealerships nationwide. It comes with a five-year warranty, automatic enrollment to the 24/7 Chevrolet Roadside Assistance for three years, and immediate access to the 24/7 Chevy Hotline for convenient vehicle service and ownership needs.

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