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.
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