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Chev neatens up its rugged Trailblazer


HAVING spent most of my December holidays behind the wheel of the Chevrolet Trailblazer 2.8D LTZ 4x4, I began to love the bulky SUV. Sure, it had its weaknesses like we all do, but there was no denying its capability as it was tasked with embarking on an epic trip to Mozambique, something it accomplished with ease.

However, Chevrolet decided to add a few niceties to this bow-tied adventurer and ushered in some modern tech, particularly in the centre console department, which was starting to look quite dated.

Our newly neatened Trailblazer was the 2.8-litre D LTZ, which, since its update, now benefits from nine percent more power (144kW) and gets 30Nm more torque, taking it to 500Nm. The added power certainly benefits the drive, through smoother power delivery, and the improved fuel consumption is nothing to snigger at as this rather large SUV returns around 8.5 litres/100km.

But the highlight of the Trailblazer is the new MyLink infotainment system, first found in the Sonic RS. It brings smartphone technology to the Chevrolet with a large seven-inch touch screen display.The system is easy to use with Bluetooth, audio streaming, downloadable apps, videos and picture playback. It offers you everything at a simple touch, thanks to its interactive nature.

The new Trailblazer’s facelift has done something to help its appeal. It’s more aggressive, more user-friendly and a handy off-roader with its capable credentials. The question remains though… can it challenge the Toyota Fortuner?


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