Chevrolet Trailblazer 2013 claims Middle East’s most popular SUV title?
It seems to be the season for making tall claims. General Motors put out a press release saying the Chevrolet Trailblazer is the “Middle East’s most popular SUV” without backing up this fib with any more details. That might be a bit hard to do in reality, with Toyota around, and with the real Trailblazer being discontinued since 2009.
GM has revived that badge for the all-new Thailand-built 2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer, completely unrelated to the old American-built one. It made its GCC debut this week in the UAE. Obviously we were not invited since they’ve banned us, but they’ve put out details about this new 4×4, which is basically a wagon version of the Colorado pickup truck, which again is related to the Isuzu D-Max pickup.
GM claims that the Trailblazer, which will only be sold in “emerging markets” as even the Americans don’t want it, is a “body-on-frame SUV with the ride comfort and efficiency of a crossover.” The pickup chassis is modified to have an independent rear suspension, so it loses some off-road cred compared to the Toyota Fortuner, but it does gain a 3.6-litre V6, detuned to make only 236 hp and 329 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed automatic and rated at a relatively-high 12.2 litres/100 km of combined fuel economy.
Other available features include the usual split-folding second-row and cramped third-row seats, CD stereo with USB and Bluetooth, rear a/c vents, 18-inch wheels, stability control, ABS, hill-start assist, parking sensors and six airbags.
The 2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer comes in LT and LTZ trim levels, which are priced from Dhs 114,000 for the two-wheel-drive model to Dhs 129,000 for the four-wheel-drive model in the UAE. Whether consumers want to pay that much for a Thai-built pickup-based wagon remains to be seen. Expect lots of positive reviews though, as the overnight launch event was held in a Ras-Al-Khaimah resort.