In addition to achieving notable initial sales success in its core markets, the all-new Chevrolet Trailblazer has just received a significant safety award, demonstrating its high level of engineering. General Motors‘ subcompact-plus crossover recently earned the highest rating in the Korean New Car Assessment Program (KNCAP), achieving an unusual and near-perfect safety score.
Specifically, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer obtained a record 59.5 points out of 60 in the KNCAP collision safety assessment, which consists of frontal, partial frontal and lateral collision tests. This close to a perfect score, which is uncommon in the industry, earned the Trailblazer five stars for safety and ranks first among all vehicles tested this year in South Korea.
“The Chevrolet Trailblazer’s acquisition of the highest KNCAP rating clearly demonstrates GM’s product development philosophy that prioritizes customer safety in the early stages of vehicle development,” said Managing Director of GM Korea Technical Center Vehicle Safety Division, Kim Dong-seok, in a press release. “All of GM’s executives and employees will continue to work together to develop leading safety vehicles,” he added.
This impressive result certainly speaks highly of the new Chevrolet Trailblazer’s build quality. GM states that the crossover was designed to optimally distribute the impact’s trajectory in the event of frontal and side collisions, by using 78 percent of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel plates, including 20 percent of Giga Steel on the body panels.
By incorporating a plate-type front bumper and a higher impact beam into the monocoque frame, the Chevrolet Trailblazer’s bodywork better absorbs an impact in the event of a pedestrian collision. In particular, this design makes it possible to minimize injuries to the knees and legs of pedestrians, significantly increasing the safety of both people on board the vehicle and passersby.
Additionally, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer also scored highly in the crash-prevention safety device assessment. It stood out as the most competitive in its class with regards to standard active safety equipment, such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection system and autonomous emergency braking.