2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer | new car review
* Capacity to seat 7 individuals.
* Exterior styling.
* Quality of materials used in the interior is a major let down.
The previous generation Trailblazer looked tough and had a very American vibe to it. However, since the second generation Trailblazer surfaced in 2012, I’ve always thought it looked delicate and dare I say, Korean. Up front, the 2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer wears small, nearly oval headlamps and an enormous grille; while the rear end houses LED tail lamps, and quite possibly, the largest golden bowtie in the brand’s line-up.
Pull the door open and it won’t be long before you realize the ‘built in Thailand’ Trailblazer is oozing with economical materials. Everything from the dashboard, to the door panels, to the armrest, is made of solid plastic and emits that dreaded plastic stench. Thankfully, the rear A/C vents and the capacity to seat 7 individuals work as its saving grace.
With a 5-star safety rating, passengers in the Trailblazer can rest easy as the frontal airbags, side curtain, and side impact airbags are neatly tucked away until they are needed in the event of a collision.
What’s on offer?
Under the hood, the 2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer hides a 3.6 litre V6 engine that produces 236 horsepower and is mated to a 6 speed transmission. Depending on whether you’re one who enjoys the dunes or not, the Trailblazer is available with a 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive layout. The basic LT variant starts at AED 95,000, however, if it’s 18” rims, steering wheel controls, chrome door handles and leather seats you’re after, the LTZ trim retails for AED 135,000.
The 2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer isn’t a good looking SUV, neither is it a pleasant place to be in. But then when you realize it costs AED 8,000 less than a Toyota Fortuner, and AED 39,000 less than a Honda Pilot, you begin to forgive it for its shortcomings.
|Specifications||2015 Chevrolet Trailblazer|
|Engine/ Cylinders||3.6 litre V6|
|Max Power |
|236 hp @ 6,600 RPM|
|329 Nm @ 3,200 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Rear Wheel Drive / Four Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||9.7 secs|
|Top speed||180 km/h|
|Price||AED 95,000 - 135,000|