Tuesday, November 5, 2013

UPDATED: Chevrolet Philippines Updates Trailblazer for 2014, Introduces 6AT for 4x2 LT (w/ Specs)


UPDATE: We've included the Official Press Release after the break.

The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive Philippine distributor of Chevrolet vehicles has updated their Trailblazer with a slew of changes beginning with the introduction of a new variant: an automatic of its 4x2 LT model.

The 2014 Trailblazer receives minor tweaks to its engine that sees its power and torque rise for all variants. The base model, the Trailblazer 4x2 LT 6MT continues with its 2.5-liter Duramax diesel but now has 163 horsepower and 380 Nm of torque (up from 150 horsepower and 350 Nm).

Meanwhile, the 6AT models, available in both 4x2 and 4x4 models receive 200 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque (up from 180 horsepower and 470 Nm). These figures are particularly interesting since it now matches the Ford Ranger's 3.2-liter Duratorq in power and actually outperforms it in terms of torque. This makes the Trailblazer the most powerful SUV in its class.

While most features remain the same as the 2013 model, the Trailblazer 4x4 LTZ does receive the benefit of a new touchscreen multimedia system dubbed MyLink. The MyLink system features full audio-video capability as well as a full range of input options.

Prices for the 2014 Chevrolet Trailblazer are:
  • Trailblazer 4x2 LT 2.5 6MT - P 1,378,888.00
  • Trailblazer 4x2 LT 2.8 6AT - P 1,488,888.00
  • Trailblazer 4x4 LTZ 2.8 6AT - P 1,733,888.00

Trailblazer Sets New Benchmark with New Duramax Engine, 4x2 AT, and MyLink Infotainment

Chevrolet Philippines recently launched the 2014 Trailblazer SUV which comes with new and more powerful Duramax engines in addition to other improvements. Apart from a new powertrain, the new Trailblazer will also be equipped with Chevrolet's MyLink in-car infotainment system. These improvements further highlight the Trailblazer's 'Go Anywhere' concept and will raise the bar for SUV’s in the market.

First launched in 2012, the Trailblazer was Chevrolet's newest entry into the Philippine midsize SUV segment. Its rugged looks matched with a spacious cabin, class-leading engine and superior on and off-road driving dynamics helped the Trailblazer carve a sizeable niche in the market.

"The 2014 Trailblazer perfectly fits Chevrolet’s ‘Find New Roads’ brand promise," said Atty. Alberto Arcilla, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Philippines. “Chevrolet always strives to look for ways to let the Filipino market enjoy an enhanced car ownership experience. The Trailblazer is an SUV that combines looks and utility by offering more space, seven-seater comfort, better performance, and the ability to explore smartphone features with its MyLink infotainment system.”

Finding New Roads with 4x2 and Automatic Transmission

“Trailblazer sales have been robust since it was launched in the fourth quarter of 2012. However, the demand for an automatic transmission in the 4x2 variant has been consistently high.” said Atty Arcilla. Cognizant that the 4x2 automatic variants account for 62% of the midsize SUV segment, Chevrolet Philippines announces the launch of the Trailblazer 4x2 automatic transmission variant. “Chevrolet is very happy that the Trailblazer 4x2 automatic is finally here. The wait is over.” added Atty. Arcilla.

A New Heart 

The new Duramax engine has been made stronger to handle the increased outputs, and certain elements have been redesigned to enhance durability and further improve overall quality. Instead of increasing capacity to enhance performance, Chevrolet powertrain engineers focused on improving efficiency and performance within the same capacities.

With the new Duramax engine, the 2.8-liter Trailblazer now has 200Ps of power at 3,600 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm, making the Trailblazer the most powerful in its class. Equivalent to 178 Nm-per-liter, the new engine will not only improve the Trailblazer's acceleration and straight-line performance, but also the vehicle's towing and payload capacity. Output for the 2.5L variant has also increased to 163Ps at 3,600 rpm. It now produces 380 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm.

The new Duramax 2.8-diesel engine has 11% more power, 6% more torque, while consuming 4.3% less fuel.* The new 2.5-liter Duramax diesel engine, on the other hand, has 8.6% more power, 9% more torque, while burning 5.17% less. Both the 2.8- and 2.5-liter variants are capable of a top speed of 180 km/h.

Included in the engine’s improvements are a higher pressure Commonrail system, a water-cooling system for the Variable Geometry Turbocharger**, a new Exhaust Gas Recirculation valve and the addition of an EGR cooler, an enhanced Intake Manifold, redesigned Cylinder Head and Block, a Balance Shaft Unit. GM’s powertrain engineers also developed a new Engine Control Module hardware and software for quicker response and added accuracy to keep the engine operating in peak form.

The Trailblazer’s 2.5-liter manual transmission variant will get a new six-speed transmission, an upgrade from the previous model’s five-speeds. The new six-speed automatic transmission features retuned ratios to take advantage of the new Duramax's characteristics, providing the Trailblazer with the best performance and fuel economy. The Trailblazer is the first in its segment to offer six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

LTZ with MyLink & smartphone connectivity

The Trailblazer’s LTZ variant will have a MyLink infotainment system with all the appointed audio unit features and will include smartphone connectivity, pictures, videos and audio streaming. Once connected, options such as Audio, Pictures and Movies, Telephone, Smartphone Link and Settings are projected onto the Trailblazer's touch screen. Users can access personal playlists and make hands-free voice calls, amongst other functions.

Making the right upgrades

The new Trailblazer’s suspension and braking systems have been calibrated to match the additional power and torque from the engine. The use of four coil springs and a multi-link rear suspension system found in more up-market SUVs balances out the typical characteristics of conventional body-on-frame SUVs and results in a comfortable ride and passenger car-like handling dynamics. The Trailblazer is the first midsize SUV in its segment to offer disc brakes on all four wheels.

Active Safety 

One of the primary concerns in developing the Trailblazer is the safety of all the occupants. It is because of this reason that Chevrolet included a host of active safety features in the SUV. Aside from the usual ABS and EBD tandem, the Trailblazer features Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control for traction loss, Hydraulic Brake Assist and Panic Brake Assist for emergency braking situations and Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control for negotiating steep terrain***.

Inside, the new Trailblazer continues to feature leading interior space and intuitive three-row tumble and fold-flat seating. The full seven-seater SUV also features ‘theatre-style seating’, allowing second and third-row occupants a better all-round view. Finally, its first-in-class cruise control function further enhances driving comfort. The Trailblazer SUV truly encompasses what most Filipinos want and need in an SUV – power, performance, capacity, refinement, versatility, toughness, durability, efficiency and comfort – all in a single package.

With all its additional features and upgrades, the Trailblazer is expected to exceed midsize SUV standards and offer the market a unique and impressive SUV alternative. The Chevrolet Trailblazer is covered by a 3-year or 100,000-kilometer warranty and a 2-year warranty extension for the Powertrain. Chevrolet also provides its new clients with free 3-year 24/7 Roadside assistance. By dialing 751 CHEV (2438) owners may avail of the following services: vehicle support, personal assistance and information service.

The Trailblazer is available in seven exterior colors: Summit White, Black Sapphire, Sizzle Red, Auburn Brown, Blue Mountain, Royal Gray and Switchblade Silver. Trailblazer variants and prices are as follows:

Trailblazer 2.8L 4x4 AT – 1,733,888.00 PHP
Trailblazer 2.8L 4x2 AT – 1,488,888.00 PHP
Trailblazer 2.5L 4x2 MT – 1,378,888.00 PHP

*Figures are results of tests by General Motors in Thailand. Individual results may vary due to driving habits and prevailing road conditions.
**Available in the 4x4 A/T and 4x2 A/T variants
***Available in the 4x4 A/T LTZ variant

70 comments:

  1. This will kill both the Montero and Fortuner sales! :>

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    1. As exciting as the specs are for an armchair expert's perspective, the fact of the matter is that Toyota and Mitsubishi have years of brand equity under their belt. That is more than enough to trump 200 horsepower.

      In fact, among all the MS/Fort owners that I know, only about 20% actually care about power. The 102 hp 2.5G Fort and the 134 hp GLX Montero has been more than enough for them.

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    2. what a brilliant comments......the fact you said the owners i knew dont care about power is tantamount to ,,,,you dont owned one.........how sad....

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    3. Go home Kyoichi Sudo! If you're just going to bash the TB here and put the Montero on a pedestal again.

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  2. 4x2 6AT TB at 1.5M can't wait to order. Anyone, what color do you think is best?

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  3. buying a car without caring the specs especially the engine power is like marrying a woman without knowing her inside....do you think there were 80% of them as this crazy? damn....

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  4. 1.488M 4x2AT, a bit on the high side for a bare unit (halogen vs hid, cloth vs leather seats, 16in vs 17in tyres, no roof rack, no parking sensors, vinyl vs leather-wrapped steering wheel, etc etc). A buyer/owner is basically paying for that 200ps/500nm engine, which will then be extensively used in crawling EDSA traffic...will it sell? Of course! Will it threaten the leadership of the usual suspects (montero/fort)? Nopes...

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    1. I think I know this person. If my hunch is correct, this Anonymous poster is none other than Juan Miguel Mendoza aka Kyoichi Sudo of Top Gear Philippines forums. He is a known lover of everything Mitsubishi and a known hater of the Trailblazer. Based on his comments here, parehas na parehas sa mga comment niya in TGP. Go home hater, and buy and drive a Montero before hating the Trailblazer!

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    2. hey mitsu guy...what's up with your fave car comp making crap cars?...take mirage for example...montero is also a crap...its nothing but a poser...and how can you understand what im trying to say (that montero is a crap) cuz you dont even own one...my brother in law had the biggest regret in his life when he chose montero over trailblazer (he used to drive hyundai snata fe owned by our parents)...(montero) 700kms after last service and engine sound, lag, noise and smoke considerably increased...imagine that after only 700kms from last service?...7000+ kms and he sold it...

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    3. Well that's dumb... lol mitsu lover pala. Haha! Why dont u have a reality check and see how mitsu is doing in the world market. I repeat not just our small local market but globally. They're actually an ailing Japanese brand for Pete's sake! Japanese car sales have always been headed by their own Big 3 Toyota, Nissan, Honda (in order) world wide. I'm not a freakin Mitsu hater actually we have a trusty L3 and a CT9a but you better have a dose of reality and avoid being a fan boi. ;)

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  5. I just picked up a silver 2.8L 4x2 6AT from Chevrolet Pampanga. I'm very impressed with the power and responsiveness of it's diesel engine. This is my first time driving a diesel powered vehicle. I didn't know what I was missing. The power makes passing on tight provincial roads a breeze. On the NLEX this thing really flies, very surprising for an suv. Sorry I don't have any experience with the Montero or Fortuner to make a comparison. I have an Escalade ESV back in the States, but obviously that is not a fair comparison.

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  6. im excited to have one this january....see u chevy this january....

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  7. Im just curious, this 2014 AT 4x2 Trailblazer does it have a timing chain?

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    1. does it have timing chain?..are you kidding me or are you some kind of ignorant?...tell me what vehicle does not have a timing chain...maybe what you mean is CVT (continuous variable transmission)?...its has 6 GEARS with AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION...did you really read the article?...dumbassfuck

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    2. ^ Probably he is asking whether the trail b is using a timing chain or belt..I would like to know too which one the engine has.

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    3. trailablazer used timing belt

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  8. I own a TB bought last April and from then on, it goes to CASA for several occasions having the same problem on the front wheel. After 2 weeks of driving it it produced a freaking squeaking sound on both wheels and I have it checked and they were able to fix it the first time but unfortunately it went back after a couple of weeks. They replaced the shock and mounting and it runs well for quiet some time but then now it is currently again in the CASA for the same freaking problem. What's wrong with the TB's' front wheel?!!!!!!! Does anyone would like to comment on this. I know some owner of TB that has the same freaking problem.

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    1. You are very right and i'm with you for that problem..anyhow no regrets as I chose the TB after selling my Montero. Still hoping Chevrolet will soon find what really causing that kind of "toink" in the front wheel.

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  9. same problem here anonymous of dec 6. Had the shock and mounting replaced 2x already. What did they promise you? you have the 4x4 at?

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    1. yes I have the 4x4 AT. as long as it is under warranty they will fix it for free. the problem is that once the warranty ends, who will suffer? got a new SA and mounting and it runs ok now which is the same when they first change it before. hopefully they really fix the problem. will see after a couple of weeks.

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  10. Hi Anonymous dec 6 and 10. I got same problem with my TB 4x4 and have send it back 2 times CASA and just returned if for 3rd time yesterday. Hoping they finally fix it correctly. Which dealer branch you deal with?

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    1. Greenhills branch from Dec 6 anonymous.

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    2. thank you for the info Anonymous dec 6 and 10. any specific occassion you hear this squeaking? during cruise? during turn? on humps/bumps? braking? so far, our 4x2 AT has no squeaking sound on both wheels after a month of driving. nevertheless, i will monitor this.

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    3. Thanks to you both for the info. Mine is EDSA North and we got bad experience on their after sales services. Now they said a solution and advise has come from Thailand and spares are available. Hope it will do. Yes, we observed that sound in both wheels during braking, slowly little forward and reverse move..when the unit was not use for about 2 days or more. During cruise is not a problem, Most things goes well except that annoying squeaking sound.

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    4. From Anonymous Dec. 6, the squeaking sound always occur while you are driving from 20-60kph. Now, I can hear a slight squeaking sound on the right side of the wheel again (not a good sign as this eventually sound more irritating on the days to come). They've just change/fix it last Dec. 10 and here it is again. grrrrr...!!!!!!!!

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    1. Please email me a quotation for trailblazer 4X4 2014 model Black. Also payment details 50% Down Payment 50% payable for 24 or 36 magkano interest? Months. how What package available? What requirements? I'm living in Macau but Delivery of Unit is in Morong Rizal. Please send to allied@macau.ctm.net

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  12. Guys please help me. How many cds can fit in ? I can only get one in any help ?

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  13. Anonymous Dec 6. This is anonymous Dec 10. In just 2 weeks, the squeaking sound reoccurred?
    "the squeaking sound always occur while you are driving from 20-60kph" - this is so true. Experienced the same thing. Aside from the shock and mounting, we had the stabilizer link replaced. Dec 6 what will be your next move? Any thoughts on having the unit replaced?
    Anonymous Dec 16, the problem with 4x2 manual is the transmission... a friend of mine has the same unit as yours and they experienced rattling in the transmission. Hope this info will be of help later on.

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  14. I think Chevy Trailblazer is my future car that's my target now I used to drive my Expe here in Saudi Arabia

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    1. MG NEW TOYOTA FORTUNER NA KAYO WLANG SQUEKINGV KERINGKING SOUND SMOOTH RIDE IMPROVED SUSPENSION AND RELIABLE ENGINE AND AIRCON BBBBRRRRRRR VEEEERRRRRRYYYYY COOOLLLLLDDDDDD!!! IMPRESSIVE PERFORMANCE AND HUNCHO DESIGN HAHAHA NO MORE PABALIKBALIK SA CASA!!!! ALL NEW IMPROVED!!!! NO MORE TO LEMON CARSSS!!

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    2. Toyota fortuner umay na same with monty. Feeling rich and powerful mga most owners neto. I know coz one relative acts like that. xD Oh and they too have probs. of their own so...

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  16. im planing to own tb this jan, but im afraid the squeaking sound in the front wheel when it is already out warranty

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  17. I planning to buy a TB LTZ this March, but im worried about that front wheel squeaking problem. What about the ride comfort of this TB ?

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  18. Me & my wife is planning to buy a car this year. We are still confuse what unit to select (Isuzu Sportivo? Toyota Fortuner? or Chevy TB?) Any comments pls.

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  19. Can someone from chevy answer the squeeking sound problem before we buy the SUV?

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    1. Rodel Garcia from Chevrolet, can you answer the squeeking sound problem?

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  20. What's the update on this. My effing dealer can't remove it completely. It stops for a while and then goes back. WTF

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  21. If no one from Chevy company can answer does squeaking sound and find best solution, you lost a lot costumer for sure. So better shape up Chevy team.

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    1. cUstOmerS po yata ang proper word. Peace! ^_^

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    2. We're not in a "Speling Beee" Geniouus! Cheers.

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  22. Hi anonymous dec 6 and 10, i`d like to ask if chevrolet has given you any explanation as to what causes the squeking sound and do they charge you for anything (parts) when you bring back your unit to casa, although they are under warranty but there are really bad dealers whowill charge you something citing things like its not included in the warranty.
    I`m planning to but a TB LTZ variant this April, since in paper it looks to be the best SUV in the market at this price range. hoping for more info from you, THANKS A LOT

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  23. In paper it looks good but the problems of the TBZ are all but true. Who needs lots of power if you are worried all the time that the vehicle is not reliable!!! I hope Chevy will have a fix on the squeaking issues. It's discouraging :(

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    1. Any news on the squeaking problems? I'm replying to my own post here. Just need to make up my mind ASAP if I will just keep my Strada and just accesorize it or upgrade to an SUV or buy the Wildtrak 3.2 or just buy the Forester XT which is almost at the same price as the hi-spec TB.

      TB is tempting but unless there is a good reason why the squeaking problems exists (with that price tag of 1.7M) then I'm not 100% sold to it. I've had my Strada for the past 4 years and the only problem I had with it were squeaking leaf springs which were easily resolved.

      CHEVY what is that squeaking??? Please reply. Thanks!

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  24. This is anonymous dec 10 which I stated in my previous but upon rechecking my first posting was actually Dec 9.... Anyways, that doesn't matter. My husband and I had our SA (mounting, coil spring, and rod) changed this January. Actually this is the 3rd time it was changed. The latest according to chevy team is the superseded or much improved parts. I am giving it 2 months and see if everything is smooth sailing from here on...
    Another thought... guys check your aircon ventilation... it might need resealing (roof part)...

    Hope this helps. I really love the power of our TB. Just keeping eye on things and see how it progresses... If something comes up again then it is back to the casa...

    Need info on the rear suspension... any problems?

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  25. Wow! I'm impressed with the guy pretending to be Mr/Ms anonymous Dec. 6, 9 & 10 (or whatever aliases). Got to give the guy some credit, It is hard to make a conversation with oneself.

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    1. LoL. Pansin ko din yan. Hahaha!

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  26. we will wait for the Isuzu Alterra MUX and almost same face pf TB and also the tail light same kaya I will wait for the Isuzu alterra MUX tp launch that model

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  27. The squeaking problem on the Trailblazer DO EXISTS, check out other car forums/groups... and ask TB OWNERS(and thank them for the early adoption! the next iteration of this SUV will definitely improve based on their 'feedback'), not internet trolls...or TB club officers trying to hush-hush the issue... Just waiting for Chevy PH for a more 'formal' admission of the problem.. or will they?

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  28. I was so eager to have this Trailblazer, but upon hearing these comments and nothing any possitive........ i just changed my mind! Sorry Chevrolet...

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  29. Based on my ip add scan... ;) there is trolling and yep, you guessed it, answering ones self here! Haha! I think that's a personality disorder diba? LoL

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  30. LoL! Yep!, that's definitely a personality disorder.. Kung sino ka man, patingin mo na yan, malala na yan.. :)))

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  31. Is this squeaking sound observed in the 2014 models? 4x4 or 4x2?

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    1. I am planning to buy TB 4x4 this month. can somebody please answer the question of Anonymous Feb. 17...

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  32. i'm a seafarer and i wanna buy TB 4x2 AT when go home this coming June.kailangan pa bang magparesevre and what are the requirements na klangan kung eprepare for the reservation and for fastest release of the unit..... t'will be my first car anyway....

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    1. Check out your preferred Chevrolet Dealer:

      https://www.chevrolet.com.ph/dealers

      They will give you a list of requirements for you to accomplish, especially if you're getting your TB through financing.

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  33. Bought my trailblazer last December and drive test at sagada mountain province fully loaded with my family ang things... Superb performance!!! The 500nm torque? You can actually feel it... The heights, the turns, etc... Its nothing! Plus super tipid sa diesel.... Yon iba dyan inggit lang kasi ampaw suv nila ang hina ng torque! At mabagal pa! My TB has 200hp! Deym! Sa Nlex at slex ang bilis! Cheers!

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    1. 2014 ba model ng sayo? may ingay kabang naririnig like what they are saying from the above comments?

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  34. Regarding TB 4x2 6MT, can we install reverse camera & GPS navigation accessories from Chevy Dealer???


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  35. I bought my TB 4x2 6MT last Jan and also have the same squeaking sound for sometime which is very annoying . I will be bringing it to their service center this month and hope they could REALLY FIX IT coz I am 4hrs ride from their nearest service center..

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  36. From pangasinan I own new TB 4x4 Duramax, rans 1300 km. as stated on specification power / fuel consumption satisfied.
    Only Comment is the front radiator grill the designed holes are to big its good
    for cooling system but not for protecting the radiator core & condenser core A/C
    specially if you are travelling at night. at your speed 100 km you gonna hit insects & bugs enters straight to the front grill direct hit to this cores
    I experience this when I passed one night at TPLEX because this road is near farm areas.
    Hoping chevy had aftermarket parts for this upgrade to put fine mesh back of the front grill.

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  37. Planning to have tb ltz 4x2 2.8 this year but im totally nervous about the squeaking sound your sayin here

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    1. did you got the answer to your question? I am also planning to buy TB 4x4 this month.

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  38. sana babaan ang price para maging competetetive...

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  39. sa 2014 model ba may squeaking sound parin naririnig? coz I am planning to buy TB 4x4 ltz this month....

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  40. How funny? If you go home to the province using kuliglig brand from trailblazer montero fortuner everest, and the rest of kuliglig out there, you will end up being zoomed ane zoomed because a diesel is powerless, gutless, and no stamina for long driving especially in climbing. But this fact is unknown to metro drivers who thinks when they go to the province, "sikat sila" not knowing promdis are driving "branded" and "real sports utility vehicle" not those kuliglig asia/africa utility vevicles of metro people. Hehehehe. Don't get offended but, your diesel are but kuliglig aniway.

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    1. Madaming mayayabang sa forum na to; kuliglig brand daw o! Ano naman kaya ang brand ng sasakyan ng isang ito, aber?

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  41. Tb na sana. Kaso may ganito palang issue. Hope some technical people from chevy reply here.

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