GM reveals the new TrailBlazer in Brazil

GM has released today the first images and information on the new TrailBlazer. Its new appearance is not a real surprise, after it was shown as a concept in Thailand and the new S10 was officially presented. But we were expecting new about engines and transmissions, but none have come with the new model. It is simply a restyling. Nothing more.

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The Trailblazer is 4.88 m long, 1.90 m wide, 1.85 m high and has a wheelbase of 2.85 m. In Brazil, it uses 2 engine options: a 2.8 4-cylinder turbodiesel that generates 147 kW at 3,600 rpm and 500 Nm at 2,000 rpm and a 3.6 V6 that delivers 204 kW at 6,400 rpm and 350 Nm at 3,700 rpm. Both of them rely on a 6-speed automatic transmission.

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With such options, it is one of the most expensive vehicles produced in Brazil, costing R$ 159,990 (US$ 45,700) in its V6 version and R$ 189,900 (US$ 54,300) with the turbodiesel engine. An American citizen can buy a Suburban with that sort of money.

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Remember the TrailBlazer is based on a midsize pick-up. It would be comparable to paying for a GMC Acadia Denali and getting a GMC Terrain…

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The interior of the TrailBlazer is said to be the bearer of the biggest changes, but we believe this is a speech in order to convince new customers to pay attention to the SUV. The biggest change the SUV could present would be a smaller engine, such as the 2.5 used by the S10, and a more affordable price. But Brazilian customers will not get that this time.

 

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.