General Motors India is in the final stages of testing the Trailblazer SUV here in India. We’ve just managed to click some images of the car under heavy camouflage. However, the big grille up front with the (now-standard for Chevy cars) split in it makes it instantly recognizable as a big Chevy SUV. Also a dead giveaway are the Gujarat registration plates (GM has a plant in Halol).
The Trailblazer like most SUVs is massive and has strong road presence and will challenge the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and to a lesser extent the Ford Endeavour here in India. The SUV is an old-school SUV and like its main rivals comes with the traditional body-on frame design. Which simply means that the chassis and body are bolted together. The car will come with three row of forward seating and unlike other rivals where the third row is just a token gesture, this car will genuinely offer space for adults in the last row of seats.
The company will offer the car with 4x4 option as well and the Trailblazer will get a shift-on-fly switch for the 4x4 system. Power will come from a 2.8-litre diesel engine with 197bhp of power and 490Nm of torque, which gives it the edge over its current rivals here in India. The car will also get a massive 231mm of ground clearance.
Chevrolet will offer plenty of goodies on this car including hill descent control, GPS navigation system along with traction control, cornering brake control among other things. In terms of pricing, the car is estimated to cost around Rs 25 lakh, since it will be an import. While the company is tight-lipped about an exact date it has confirmed that the car will come sometime this year. We expect that it will arrive before Diwali, between August and September. So if you are in the market for a SUV and can wait for a bit, we’ll advice you to have a look at the Trailblazer first.