General Motors to launch Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV in Brazil in November 2012; India launch uncertain
Come November 2012, General Motors will launch the Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV in the Brazilian market. The 2013 TrailBlazer SUV, which was showcased earlier this year, at the Bangkok Motor Show, is an all new version, with a major styling revamp along with new features. This SUV is slated to be launched in Brazil later this year, in November. While there were some rumors of the TrailBlazer coming to India, we’re yet to hear any word about this SUV from General Motors India, which just launched the all new 2012 Captiva a few months ago.
The brawny looking TrailBlazer has better road presence than the other SUV that GM sells in India, the Captiva as it is much larger. The SUV comes with a range of creature comforts and safety features to make it par for the class in which it operates in, which happens to be the luxury SUV segment in India where it will be positioned at if launched in the country. The TrailBlazer, owing to its larger size also has more room on the interior than the Captiva. Therefore, seven adults in the TrailBlazer promises to be a comfortable affair than the squeeze it is on the Captiva.
The TrailBlazer SUV comes with a 2.8 Liter DuraMax turbo diesel engine that puts out a peak power of 180 Bhp and a peak torque of 470 Nm. The engine is mated to a six speed automatic transmission as standard. The TrailBlazer also gets a less powerful 2.5 liter, 150 Bhp-350 Nm turbo diesel engine. This engine gets a five speed manual gearbox for power and torque transmission. Four wheel drive is standard on the TrailBlazer. The SUV is a genuine seven seater and is a competitor to the likes of the Toyota Fortuner and the Ford Endeavour.
If launched in India, we wonder where General Motors would position the TrailBlazer at, given that it already has the 2012 Captiva as its flagship offering in the market. The TrailBlazer could sit below the Captiva in terms of price positioning, if launched in India. One reason for this could be the fact that the TrailBlazer is built on the older body-on-ladder platform while the Captiva gets a more contemporary monocoque design, that offers better ride quality and handling characteristics. SUVs with the body-on-ladder design though, usually perform better in off road conditions and are generally considered to be more rugged than their monocoque counterparts.