Motoring Reporter
2 minute read
24 Oct 2016
10:04 am

Refined Trailblazer targets discerning customers

Motoring Reporter

New line-up combines comfort and tech with class-leading performance.

Chevrolet has once again come out swinging in the seven-seater SUV market, with a revised Trailblazer line-up that represents even better value for money and gives buyers more options in terms of drivetrains and specification.

The 2017 model year range now comprises five manual and automatic versions of the rearwheel-drive 2.5-litre LT; rear- and four-wheel-drive auto and manual versions of the 2.8 LTZ; and, a new flagship in the shape of the Z71, based on the LTZ 4×4.

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The price band is from R464 000 to R623 200 for the Z71, paying homage to Chevrolet’s rich “Zee” car performance heritage. “The new Trailblazer brings together superior levels of refinement, styling, comfort and technology, with class-leading performance and drivability to meet the needs of discerning customers,” said Brian Olson, vice-president of vehicles sales, service and marketing at General Motors Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Chevrolet face has become a familiar one on South African roads, and the Trailblazer’s genes are very much apparent. The trademark “bowtie bar” is now wider. Upper and lower grille sections now run the full width of the nose and have a series of bolder, horizontal, slats.

Maximum visibility is ensured, thanks to daylight running lights, which are of the powerful light-emitting diode (LED) type in the case of the LTZ. The new bonnet has sleeker contours on the leading edge.

Wider tyres (255mm width, compared to the previous 245) on new 17-inch wheels are fitted to LT derivatives and gives them a more purposeful stance, while LTZ versions remain on 18-inch wheels with a glossy black design for the Z71. Tyre size is unchanged at 265/60.

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Inside, the trailblazer boasts a newly designed dashboard and front console, with a contemporary upmarket feel, enhanced by soft-touch materials and contrast stitching.

Pricing

  • Trailblazer 2.5D LT 4×2 MT R464 000
  • Trailblazer 2.5D LT 4×2 AT R481 800
  • Trailblazer 2.8D LTZ 4×2 AT R552 800
  • Trailblazer 2.8D LTZ 4×4 AT R613 200
  • Trailblazer 2.8D Z71 4×4 AT R623 200