The Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV has come under the knife for 2014, with all five existing models receiving specification enhancements.
All LTZ derivatives now feature a reversing camera as standard. All models also benefit from changes on the inside, with a new Dark Ash Grey interior colour scheme available along with front side airbags mounted in the seats.
The updated Chevrolet Trailblazer also features a new, multi-information central LCD display panel which features the usual trip computer readouts as well as two new menus for additional vehicle particulars. The vehicle information display imparts critical information such as battery voltage, an adjustable speed warning, transmission fluid temperature (particularly important for off-roading), engine hours and an oil life indicator.
The additional economy gauges include an instantaneous throttle position indicator which indicates when economical driving is being achieved, as well as a historical fuel economy graph which shows fuel consumption history for the last 50 km. Both these features are geared to encourage more economical driving habits.
Chevrolet MyLink infotainment debuts as standard
The Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system which debuted earlier in 2014 in the Chevrolet Sonic RS is now also available in the Chevrolet Trailblazer, fitted as standard to all derivatives. MyLink brings smartphone technology to the Trailblazer with a large 7-inch touch screen display and a host of media capabilities. Video and picture playback, full audio format support linked to six speakers, USB and aux integration, as well as Bluetooth for hands-free cellphone use and audio streaming, join Chevrolet MyLink’s downloadable app set which allow for an increasing array of integrated media use including Internet-based radio.
The Chevrolet MyLink concept is simple – an amalgamation of the most popular and advanced infotainment functions incorporated into an easy-to-use, attractive and effective interface which transforms the Chevrolet Trailblazer into a connected entertainment hub while on the move.
Chevrolet MyLink has been designed to be compatible across the board both in terms of phone integration and playable media formats, which means the most common music, picture and video formats can be streamed or played via most smartphones – the additional full-size USB and auxiliary ports ensuring that other sources of music, videos or photos can also be easily integrated. Up to 35 pre-set and 15 auto-stored AM or FM radio stations can be programmed as well, rounding off the complete entertainment solution that is Chevrolet MyLink.
Updated diesel engines for stronger pulling power
With four of the five Trailblazer derivatives featuring powerful turbocharged diesel engines, the 2014 line-up now benefits from uprated outputs from both the 2.5-litre and 2.8-litre Duramax diesel motors. The 2.5D LT model now makes use of 120 kW (up by 9%) and 380 Nm (up by 8.5%). The 2.8D LTZ models, available in either 4×2 or 4×4 guise, also see hikes in power from the proven Duramax turbocharged diesel engine, which now produces 144 kW (up 9%). Automatic 2.8D LTZ models receive further enhancement in the form of a torque increase of 30 Nm to 500 Nm.
Fuel economy from the updated engines also improves, the 2.5D LT derivative returning an average fuel consumption figure of 8.0-litres per 100 km, the updated 2.8D LTZ models returning as low as 8.5-litres per 100 km.
The two Duramax engines are ranked amongst the most powerful and fuel efficient diesel engines available in their respective displacement classes. Both feature double overhead camshafts and an aluminium cylinder head designed to optimise combustion for enhanced power and efficiency with a reduced tendency for engine knock to occur. Both engines make use of high-pressure common-rail fuel injection systems (2.0 bar) with turbocharged and intercooled induction systems. The clean-burn design of the induction and combustion process, aside from the power and efficiency benefits, also provides for low emissions. Both engines are Euro 2 compliant.
The tried-and-trusted 3.6-litre petrol V6 engine fitted to the range-topping Trailblazer 3.6 LTZ AT model remains unchanged.
2014 Chevrolet Trailblazer model range and pricing
Trailblazer 2.5D LT 4×2 MT R 386 500.00
Trailblazer 2.8D LTZ 4×2 AT R 456 400.00
Trailblazer 2.8D LTZ 4×4 MT R 489 800.00
Trailblazer 2.8D LTZ 4×4 AT R 506 400.00
Trailblazer 3.6 LTZ 4×4 AT R 516 700.00
All Chevrolet Trailblazer models come standard with a 5-year/ 120 000 km warranty and roadside assistance package, as well as a 5-year/ 90 000 km service plan, with service intervals scheduled every 15 000 km.