The seven-seater is currently offered in South Africa, Saudi Arabia and in various markets in Southeast Asia in either 2WD or 4WD form with two diesel engines (a 2.8L four-cylinder Duramax diesel with 200hp or a 2.5L four-cylinder Duramax diesel with 163 hp). However, Chevrolet India brass are reportedly only going to sell 2WD models equipped with the 2.8L Duramax.
While it’s sure to simplify the options list, it’s a bit of an odd choice considering competitors like the Toyota Fortuner (India’s best-selling SUV), Ford Endeavour, and Mitsubishi Pajero all offer 4WD models.
Then again, the 2.8L Duramax also churns out a hefty 500 Nm of torque (363 lb-ft), which is enough to silence many who decry its inability to drive all four wheels in the Indian market. Plus, customers can still choose to row their own gears through a six-speed manual transmission or nab the segment-first six-speed automatic with selective shifting.
Thankfully, the Trailbalzer is also endowed with segment-exclusive features like Hill Descent Control (HDC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), and the capacity to wade in water up to 800mm (31 inches). Further proof it should be plenty capable when the tarmac runs out.
Customers can also look forward to ABS, Electronic Stability Control, Panic Brake Assist, Cornering Brake Control, Traction control, and more. A host of infotainment and connectivity features like a CD player, USB and auxiliary port, and Bluetooth are also sure to please the tech savvy crowd.
Hey India, look for the Trailblazer to hit dealerships sometime around October. And all things considered, we wouldn’t rule out a 4WD Trailblazer eventually blazing its own trail into the India market.