Once the Blazer nameplate was introduced in 1999, Chevrolet came out with the Trailblazer in 2002, a mid-size SUV that took the American market by storm. But then General Motors decided to make changes in quite of few of their car platforms. Along with that, sales started dipping. As a result Trailblazer production was discontinued in 2008. Instead, Chevy decided to experiment with crossovers. But in 2012, GM came out with a second generation of Trailblazer unveiling its concept in an auto show in Dubai. It has done well since the manufacturer is preparing a comeback of the 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer.
2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer: Design and Features
Vice President of General Motors South Africa had assured everyone that the 2018 Chevy Trailblazer will provide superior technology, styling, and comfort. That seems exactly the case. Xenon LED headlights will replace standard halogen lamps in front, which will be accompanied by daylight running lamps and fog lights. This will increase visibility in both dark and misty conditions. All-season tires with 18-inch rims will bear the weight of the vehicle, but there will be optional 22-inch wheels as well.
Elegant leather seats grace the inside of 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer while infotainment systems get an upgrade from the current version. Space in Chevrolet Trailblazer will be slightly more than in its 2017 model. However, seating capacity will stay the same, which means seven passengers will fit with ease in three rows.
Engine Options and Fuel Economy
The performance will be the main feature on which Chevrolet is banking on. That is why it has decided to equip a variety of efficient engines for various markets. The US-specs 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer will offer a 2.8-liter inline four and an upgraded 3.6-liter V6 engine. The first one churns out a power of 200 HP and a torque of 368 lb-ft while the upgraded V6 will deliver at least 335 HP along with 280 lb-ft of torque. These engines with a lighter body will also increase this vehicle’s towing capacity. No wonder GM are also thinking of a pickup version.
For non-American markets, experts expect a 2.5-liter turbodiesel engine in the 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer the that produces 175 HP of power and torque upwards of 300 lb-ft. These engines will come with a 6-speed automatic transmission, quite different from the current model which comes with a 5-speed manual transmission. Combined fuel consumption will be around 8.6 liters for a distance of 100 km. That is a good enough return for a mid-size luxury crossover for the urban customers. A choice of rear wheel and all-drive will be available for customers which will vary according to the trim levels.
Estimated Price and Release Date
An improved engine, a better suspension, and even off-road capabilities come with the 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer. With a pretty good towing capacity, it will likely be a hit with both urban and the countryside customers in the US. The price of this luxury SUV will probably start from $33,000, which is aggressive pricing. That is why the likes of Ford Endeavour and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport must up their game. Expect Chevrolet Trailblazer 2018 to hit showrooms by mid-2018.