Chevrolet Trailblazer

"Chevrolet Trailblazer"

Chevrolet, as expected launched the Trailblazer in India. This vehicle is a hard-core off-road SUV that comes with plenty of performance capabilities and a lot of muscle.

Sadly, this is a performance-oriented vehicle and has a rear wheel drive mechanism instead of a 4WD system as we all expected. However, the company claims that this vehicle isn’t just about performance, since it represents a new benchmark with regards to safety and driving experience in its class. Another fact is that the vehicle is being brought as a CBU unit, imported from Thailand. Since a long time, this car maker is conducting several test runs for this SUV across India.

Now, it has officially arrived, it will be interesting to see how the competitors like Toyota and Ford would face this threat. Both these automobile firms have already unveiled their SUVs for India and Ford is already on its way to roll out the 2015 Endeavour soon, maybe very shortly. This newly launched Trailblazer may gain the upper hand over the others for several factors. One of the reason is its classy SUV appeal. It may not look like a modern vehicle, but the perfect body structure and its expressively crafted cosmetics does leave you mesmerized.

If you’re all into performance, this vehicle is the perfect choice for you. Here’s a review on this car:

 

Exterior:

 At first look, this SUV looks similar to its cousin the Captiva. This car looks a tad up sculpted and appears quite bold and classy. The Trailblazer takes the company’s signature design language ahead and features a dual port grille up-front with perforated mesh and sleek chrome surround. Adorned with this is the golden bowtie badge that sits in the middle of the grille. The bold headlight cluster loaded with projector lamps and turn blinkers surround the badge.

"Chevrolet Trailblazer"
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There are LED DRL’s also that further amplify the facet. Its front bumper is sleek yet muscular and assembled with a black colored lower cladding. It also has fog lights with chrome-plated strips that enhance the classiness of the car’s facet. It’s mirror caps as well as the door handles have been garnished in chrome rendering it a premium look. The car’s fenders are coupled with alloy wheels that look attractive. The car also has a chrome waistline that compliments its SUV appeal and has roof rails. The rear side of the car looks pretty bold and it hosts dynamic brake light clusters with chrome wraps. Overall, it carries a pretty stern and rugged design that looks pretty appealing.

"Chevrolet Trailblazer"
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Interiors:

The beast has a comfortable cabin. You are certainly going to love driving with such a cabin. The interiors on the Trailblazer have a great look but, they lack a modernistic appeal. The ergonomics on this car with all the bolsters and support for the body are wicked cool. They are dressed up with leather upholstery that adds regal stance to the insides. These seats can offer comfortable accommodation for a maximum of seven passengers. For added convenience, all three rows of the cabin are provided with AC vents. This really helps the third row occupants to experience chilled ambiance all through the journey. The manufacturer has managed to achieve an up-market look to the cabin by adorning it with glossy-black accents. These inserts can be found on door panels, steering wheel and on center fascia as well. The instrument cluster on the other hand has a distinctive design with separate consoles for each gauge.

The door panels have a bigger armrest ensuring relaxed traveling experience. The shift selector on floor console has chrome as well as leather inserts adding to the sophistication of interiors. Not to forget that the steering wheel has a very attractive three spoke design featuring gold plated bowtie and high-gloss black inserts. Besides, there are multi-functional switches on this rim that eases the operation of audio system. The center console on this vehicle comes packed with a touch enabled infotainment system featuring MYLINK.

It is one of the kind features that helps you to sync your smart phone with the infotainment and allows you to access various radio stations across the globe. Perhaps Trailblazer is the first vehicle from GM to get this feature and later it will be offered to other vehicles in its portfolio. The leather wrapped steering wheel has a conventional design, but glossy-black accents and a golden bowtie renders it an up-market appeal. Placed in the league of luxury SUVs, this latest model is loaded with all the essentials like features like automatic climate control unit, electrically adjustable seats with memory, cruise control and parking assistance with reversing camera.

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Power Train:

Under the belly of the beast is Chevy’s 2.8 litre diesel engine comprising of a latest generation common rail direct fuel injection technology. It is a 4-cylindered mill featuring 16-valves altogether, making a total displacement capacity of 2776cc. This turbocharged oil-burner has the ability to unleash a maximum power of 197bhp at 3600rpm that results in a hammering torque of 500Nm at 2000rpm. Being mated with a six speed automatic gearbox, it distributes the output to the rear wheels and enables it to deliver good performance, even on rugged roads.

Bottom Line:

The Trailblazer is a phenomenal car to own. It’s appearance is astounding. This vehicle comes with traction control and it has a braking program that ensures stability. It has one of the highest ground clearances found in any off-roader. This vehicle also has MYLINK technology that is quite amazing. On the downside, this vehicle is expected to bag a hefty pricetag. The cabin on this car seems outdated and the comfort features on this SUV are somehow lacking. Lastly, the fuel economy on this SUV is a big drawback. Overall, you’d love this SUV if you’re an off-roader.

CHEVROLET COLORADO – the hunk of trucks

"2015 Chevy Colorado"

General Motors (USA) is on a successful spree by marketing the Chevrolet Colorado as well as its counterpart, the GMC Canyon. Pickup trucks have a huge market in America and successfully superseded the Chevrolet S-10 as well as the GMC Sonoma compact pickup trucks. The history of the Colorado takes us back to 2004 when the first generation of these pickups drove to fame.

Chevrolet Colorado 2015
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History:

The Chevrolet Colorado was designed by General Motor’s North American operations division, General Motor’s Brazil operations and Isuzu that was involved in the designing process and later started designing and selling its own pickup trucks.

The Colorado offered both manual and automatic transmissions as well as rear and four wheel drive options along with standard, extended, and four-door crew cab body styles. The initial models came with 2.8 L LK5 14 engines as a standard but there were more powerful models with the Z 71 package that were available with the four-door variants. Later, these packages were dropped paving way to the LT2 and LT3.

During 2007, the Colorado underwent a facelift and a new engine upgrade, the new models has the 2.9 L LLV 14 as well as the 3.7L LLR 15 engines that were introduced as a solution to the ongoing head problem. There were new color options available too. A few colors were Deep Ruby, Pace Blue and Imperial Blue as well as a new set of tires and new wheels. The LT and LTZ models have minor changes incorporated in them and the Colorado badge was also phased out from the Vehicle’s doors in favor of General Motor’s new and official corporate logo.
The 2009 Colorado underwent another facelift and had a 5.3 L LH8 V8i and produced 300 Horse power, the internal changes on the engine were the only prominent changes, there weren’t any other noteworthy changes.

First generation Chevrolet Colorado
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During 2010, the General Motors Badges were completely phased out from the trucks and these models had no GM logos on them.

The Colorado has been cloned by SG Automotive and named it Huanhai Plutus that was made available in China.

Second Generation Colorado (2012- Present)

Currently, the Second Generation Colorado’s are up for sale and made its debut at the 2011 Bangkok Motor Show. The new Colorado’s were available in 3 different cab styles; a Regular Cab (Single Cab) Extended (space cab) as well as the Crew Cab (double cab) and had rear wheel drive as well as four wheel drive options.

The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado:

The history lessons were always boring, but here is the real deal. The 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is here to amaze you crazy. This is Chevrolet’s first new mid-sized pickup truck that is back after ages. The looks, technology and features are mind boggling. This truck feels like the real deal with a solid and civilized appeal.

2015 Chevrolet Colorado
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Engine:

The new Chevrolet Colorado gets its power from a 2.5 liter four cylinder 200 HP producing engine that produces 191lb- ft of torque. The Colorado comes in another much powerful variant, the 3.6 liter V-6 that has 305 horse power and produces 269 lb-ft of torque. (with an optional 7000-lb tow rating)

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The Colorado has the DOHC 16 valve 2.5 liter inline-4 variant as well as the DOHC 24 valve 3.6 liter V-6 variant with 6 speed manual / manual shifting mode and automatic variants. The wheelbase of this truck ranges from 128.3- 140.5 inches, whereas the length is 212.7-224.9 inches, the width is 74.3 inches and the height ranges from 70.3-70.7 inches with a curb weight of 3950-4500 lb.

Features:

This truck is not just about being a hunk and proving its strength everywhere. There is a whole lot of technology that plays a vital role within this truck too. First off, there is high-speed 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity in this truck that keeps you connected to the world virtually, there is also an 8 inch screen in this truck with a color touch radio support depending on the truck version you choose (WT, LT and ZT1). There is also an advanced safety feature named Forward Collision Alert as well as Lane Departure Warning that seems like a sweet spot for safety, comfort and stylish handling.

Chevrolet Colorado 2015 features
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Fuel Economy and Performance:

The truck is a decent performer and does 0-60 mph in 6.6-7.4 seconds (depending on the model) and has a top speed of 100 mph. For those of you who are worried about the fuel economy, this truck according to EPA does 17-20 miles per gallon in the city and 24 to 27 miles per gallon on the highway (depending on the truck model) which is pleasingly acceptable.

Interiors:

2015 Chevy Colorado
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The Plush interiors on the Chevrolet Colorado have various interior options that you can choose from, you can choose between the cloth, leather or vinyl interiors. You can choose between the Jet Black / Dark ash, Cloth seat trim or the leather trim (that would cost you an extra $ 950)

Price:

The Chevrolet Colorado truck carries a starting price tag of $ 20,100 for the base level 2.5L in-line 4 cylinder model (excluding $895 for destination)

The Colorado LT Crew Cab 2WD (with 5 foot box) is priced at $ 27,090 and the Z 70 Crew cab 4×4 (with 5 foot box) comes at a price tag of $ 34,095. The connectivity options are optional, although the pricing for the specific options aren’t released yet, it should be out soon.

Trouble for Colorado:

Although this is a very successful model and has around 30,000 trucks pre-ordered, this has exceeded GM’s expectations. However, the problem persists with the delivery issues. General Motors have stopped delivery orders for the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado because the airbags on the driver’s side have been allegedly wired incorrectly and various vehicles produced has been affected.

According to the statement from GM, the problem, “affects the vehicles’ two-stage airbag system by reversing the deployment sequence and disrupting the deployment timing of the driver airbag stages.” That simply means, in an accident the bag may not work correctly.

The affected trucks are still on GM’s assembly line, they are in transit or unsold at the dealers across America. The company is figuring out a way to repair this problem and the existing units sold shall also be taken care of.

Verdict:

Albeit the minor problems that persist with the safety on this truck, the Chevrolet Colorado 2015 retains its pride as one of the most trust worthy pickup truck in America along with the Canyon and is certainly a great deal breaker for the mid size pickup truck.