Chevrolet Trailblazer returns to PH as a crossover
When General Motors shut down Chevrolet’s operations in Thailand, it led to the demise of the brand’s two best-selling models in the Philippines, the Colorado and the Trailblazer SUV. After remaining stock was bought and sold, Chevrolet PH quietly removed them from its website.
Despite the discontinuation of the Trailblazer SUV, Chevy distributor The Covenant Car Company Inc (TCCCI) has announced that the Trailblazer will make its return this month. But unlike the Thai-made model which was based on the previous generation Isuzu mu-X, this one will be a crossover that will come from China.
First revealed in mid-2019, the upcoming crossover that bears the same name isn’t related to the Trailblazer SUV we had before. It’s actually the successor to the TrailBlazer that Chevrolet China offered from 2001 to 2009. So what can we expect once the Trailblazer hits PH?
For starters, it could sit above the Tracker subcompact as Chevy’s compact crossover. And like the Tracker, the Trailblazer will feature a similar exterior design that consists of a dual-port grille and a sporty front bumper.
Unique to the Trailblazer is a bi-level headlight design. This means that the upper part serves as the LED daytime running lights, while the lower part has the LED headlights. Black body cladding, elegant black alloy wheels, muscular wheel arches and red highlights of the Redline variant give the crossover a sportier appearance.
Inside, the Trailblazer features a high-tech 8-inch MyLink+ touchscreen infotainment system. Not only does it support the usual AM/FM radio, USB and Bluetooth, but it also comes with Apple CarPlay, USB-C ports, SD card slots and a navigation system. Other features that could make their way to the PH-spec Trailblazer are leather-wrapped seats, automatic climate control, an engine start/stop button, smart keyless entry and power-adjustable front seats.
The Trailblazer is powered by a 1.3-liter turbocharged EcoTec four-cylinder engine. It makes 164 PS with 240 Nm of torque. The inline-four is then connected to a CVT on front-wheel-drive models. If we get an all-wheel-drive version, the engine will be mated to a nine-speed automatic instead.
As Chevrolet looks to return with all-new models, can the Trailblazer crossover succeed in the Philippine market?