Editor: Jason “The Bok” Date: 27 Mar 2017
The Chevrolet Trailblazer has always provided a practical seven seating solution to family transportation. In recent years, Ford introduced the Everest and Toyota introduced the latest generation Fortuner. Both these two have brought with them fresh new looks, technology and an overall refreshed approach to 7-seater family off-roading.
At the end of 2016, Chevrolet introduced this, their latest generation Trailblazer. With impressive new styling, including the all-new dual-bar front grill, Z71 style bonnet decal and new LED daytime running lights, this latest generation Trailblazer looks now meaner and bolder than ever before.
Some Big Updates
Apart from improved exterior aesthetics, the all-new Trailblazer brings a refreshed interior and overall air of build solidity. The vehicle also features Chevrolet’s MyLink multimedia interface. The 7-inch display is touchscreen based and features easy to navigate on-screen icons to jump through operations.
The MyLink system also allows both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration (region specific). Media is available through all major sources.
The Trailblazer is a very comfortable and capable 7-seater SUV. With three rows of seating, the new Trailblazer offers true 7-seating ability. Space is impressive when seated in the second row and I even managed to fit without much issue in the third row of seating, though this is really for smaller occupants. The luggage load space is vast, with the Trailblazer offer 1830-litres with all seats folded flat and as much as 205-litres even with all 7-seats folded up.
Safety has been further improved with the vehicle having the ability to utilise a wide spectrum of systems, these include: lane departure assist, blind-spot warning assist and even forward collision warnings.
The 2.8-litre Duramax turbo diesel unit which I had on test proved to offer impressive power throughout the drive. Despite being a bit noisy on low-rev situations, the engine remains efficient and overall smooth ( I managed to average 10.7-litres/100km) on a mixed commute run.
The latest generation Trailblazer brings some bold new styling touches and a lot of clever technology. The Chevrolet remains a very comfortable and spacious vehicle, which is priced in-line with its closest and toughest competitors such as the Toyota Fortuner and Ford Everest.
Models start from R471,000 and go up to the range topping 2.8D Z71 4×4 Automatic which sells for R623,300. The 4×4 Automatic LTZ model under review with options cost R613,200.
The Trailblazer come with a 5-year/150 000 km warranty and a 5-year/90 000 km service plan.