Chevrolet's All-New TrailBlazer SUV Breaks Cover in DubaiChevrolet's toughest, most- refined midsize sport utility vehicle, the TrailBlazer, made its global debut today at the opening of the Dubai International Motor Show in the Middle East.
The robust seven-seat show vehicle previews Chevrolet's latest SÚV offering, which will be sold around the world, beginning wîth Thailand in early 2012.
The new-generation TrailBlazer combines the hauling and towing capability of a body-on-frame SÚV wîth the ride comfort and efficiency of a crossover. Developed in tandem wîth the all-new Chevrolet Colorado pickup by GM do Brasil, it shares the same architecture as its truck sibling, wîth a chassis tuned to combine heavy-duty off-road capability wîth refined city driving.
The show vehicle features an all-wheel-drive system and is powered by GM's new 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine, which features a variable-geometry turbocharger for an optimal combination of performance and fuel economy.
'It is a reflection of the importance of the Middle East market for General Motors that a vehicle as important as TrailBlazer is making its global debut at this show,' said GM Middle East Operations President and Managing Director John Stadwick. 'Without question, the new TrailBlazer will be one of the biggest and toughest members of the Chevrolet family – the perfect vehicle to take on the Middle East's competitive midsize SÚV §egmènt.
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'Although this is a show vehicle, the overall design is faithful to the production version that will arrive in Chevrolet showrooms next year. TrailBlazer will be the ideal fit, not only for consumers in the Middle East, but in every place around the world where it will be sold.'
According to Brad Merkel, GM's global vehicle line executive for midsize trucks and SÚVs, TrailBlazer offers the strength, design, capability and refinement needed to compete wîth the world's best off-road vehicles.
'The growing markets of the world want flexibility. That means power and capability combined wîth comfort and efficiency,' Merkel §äid. 'TrailBlazer does it all. You can tow anything, go anywhere, comfortably seat seven people, and do so wîth the fuel efficiency associated wîth a smaller, less capable vehicle. It's the complete package.'
Exterior Design – Sophisticated Muscle
TrailBlazer's bold road presence was created by the GM South America Design Center in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil, and shares a number of design cues wîth its sister vehicle, the Chevrolet Colorado.
Exterior highlights include a 'body in-wheels out' design that delivers high approach and departure angles. A dramatic power dome in the hood combined wîth a raised cowl gives the TrailBlazer a strong, purposeful appearance. Higher-mounted dual projector headlamps are positioned beneath the power dome, emphasizing the visual strength in the face of the vehicle.
Also prominent is the contemporary dual-port grille – an unmistakable Chevrolet cue – that carries a three-dimensional grille mesh. It is complemented by polished aluminium decor trims in the fascias, rockers, belt line, tailgate and roof rack. Tri-coat pearlescent white exterior paint and integrated LED front and rear fog lamps provide a premium appearance.
Additional exterior details include:
• Highly detailed sheet metal work in the hood, door panels and rear quarters that blend layers of natural light for a rich, uncluttered, natural surface appearance;
• Front and rear LED Chevrolet signature lighting housed within sculpted aluminum decorative bezels;
• Custom dual-finish, painted and polished 20-inch aluminum wheels fitted wîth 20-inch Cooper Zeon LTZ tires;
• Exterior mirror-mounted LED turn signals.
'TrailBlazer delivers a great combination of capabilities, from negotiating off-road trails to daily city driving, that we wanted to convey visually,' said Matt Noone, director of design for GM do Brasil. 'There's an obvious sense of muscle in the design, but at the same time a very sophisticated appearance in line wîth the world's premium SÚVs. From every angle, TrailBlazer looks agile and athletic, wîth a refined finish that makes it a vehicle our customers will aspire to own.'
Interior – Spacious, Refined and Flexible
Signature Chevrolet cues continue inside, conveying spaciousness, flexibility and an upscale appearance in all control interfaces.
With a flowing instrument panel, integrated center stack, and signature Chevrolet dual cockpit design, the interior of the all-new TrailBlazer combines car-like characteristics wîth the boldness expected of a true SÚV. The seven-passenger interior offers intuitive three-row tumble and/or fold-flat seat versatility and best-in-class spaciousness in the third row.
'We made the seating both flexible and intuitive. There's no need to pull out the owner's manual to figure out how to configure the seats,' Noone §äid. 'The third row in this SÚV isn't an afterthought. It's an authentic third row where people can sit comfortably for long trips. Combine that wîth luxurious interior appointments and it is easy to see why TrailBlazer really is an all-purpose vehicle.'
Additional interior details include:
• An overhead console that integrates the HVAC system wîth onboard infotainment;
• Second row 60/40 split seats wîth single latch forward gravity tumble, fold-flat capability, and six-degree seat-back reclining along wîth integrated folding armrests wîth cup holders;
• Third row 50/50 split seats wîth center console storage and fold-flat capability;
• Flat floor storage from the front row rearward when all seats are folded flat, which is designed to provide extreme load capability;
• Auxiliary power plug wîth ÚSB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Contrasting trim used wîth the light-colored leather seating, mat dark wood trim accented wîth chrome, and dual-grained surfaces used on the upper and lower IP provide a premium feel. A number of storage compartments are located throughout the interior, including a covered center bin for concealment of valuable items, and a large, dual glovebox.
Other features include a dual-zone, digital climate control system and the latest in infotainment technology.