Motoring News 26.3.2014 12:00 pm

Chevrolet Trailblazer upgraded for 2014

The Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV has come under the knife for 2014, with all five existing models receiving substantial specification enhancements.

The Trailblazer has forged a solid reputation in South Africa since its launch in 2012, with versatility, off-road ability and on-road stability strengthening the nameplate in this demanding market.

For the 2014 model year, all Trailblazer models feature enhanced specifications which add value and class to the already well-specced range. All LTZ derivatives now feature a reversing camera as standard. All models also benefit from changes on the inside, with a new Dark Ash Grey interior colour scheme available along with front side airbags mounted in the seats.

The updated Chevrolet Trailblazer also features a new, multi-information central LCD display panel which features the usual trip computer readouts and two new menus for additional vehicle particulars. The vehicle information display imparts critical information such as battery voltage, an adjustable speed warning, transmission fluid temperature (particularly important for off-roading), engine hours and an oil life indicator.

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The additional economy gauges include an instantaneous throttle position indicator which indicates when economical driving is being achieved, as well as a historical fuel economy graph showing fuel consumption history for the last 50km.

The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, which debuted earlier in 2014 in the Chevrolet Sonic RS, is now also available in the Chevrolet Trailblazer, fitted as standard to all derivatives. MyLink brings smartphone technology to the Trailblazer with a large seven-inch touch screen display and a host of media capabilities.

Video and picture playback, full audio format support linked to six speakers, USB and aux integration, as well as Bluetooth for hands-free cellphone use and audio streaming, join Chevrolet MyLink’s downloadable app set which allow for an increasing array of integrated media use including Internet-based radio.

With four of the five Trailblazer derivatives featuring powerful turbocharged diesel engines, the 2014 line-up now benefits from uprated outputs from both the 2.5-litre and 2.8-litre Duramax diesel motors.

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The 2.5D LT model now makes use of 120 kW (up by 9%) and 380 Nm (up by 8.5%). The 2.8D LTZ models, available in either 4×2 or 4×4 guise, also see hikes in power from the proven Duramax turbocharged diesel engine, which now produces 144 kW (up 9%).

Automatic 2.8D LTZ models are further enhanced by a torque increase of 30 Nm to 500 Nm. Fuel economy from the updated engines also improves, the 2.5D LT derivative returning an average fuel consumption figure of 8.0 litres per 100km, the updated 2.8D LTZ models returning as low as 8.5-litres per 100km it is claimed.

The tried-and-trusted 3.6-litre petrol V6 engine fitted to the range-topping Trailblazer 3.6 LTZ AT model is unchanged.

Alloy wheels and colour coding for all models keep the exterior classy, with LTZ models still featuring uprated LED tail light clusters and chrome detailing. On the inside, all models have air conditioning with rear ventilation control and electric windows for all-round comfort, the LTZ derivatives feature a more luxurious automatic dual-zone climate control system as standard as well, along with rear parking sensors, electric driver’s seat adjustment and leather upholstery.

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All models still have 11 cup holders, cruise control, multi-function leather-bound steering wheels, multi-info trip computers, four 12V power sockets, side steps and mud flaps.

Safety equipment across the range still includes ABS with EBD, PBA (Panic Brake Assist), HBFA (Hydraulic Brake Fade Assist), a limited slip differential, six airbags including the two additional side airbags, ISOFIX child seat anchors, a collapsible steering column and remote central locking with auto-locking doors.

LTZ models benefit from the addition of ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and TCS (Traction Control System), HDC (Hill Descent Control), TSC (Trailer Sway Control) and EDC (Engine Drag Control). The LTZ automatic models also have HSA (Hill Start Assistance).

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