“WHENEVER WE HAVE a big bakkie-based SUV launch in South Africa the online forums go crazy. Why? Because as former voortrekkers, souties and bushmen, we like to travel – and not just to the mall. When we go we normally have Namibia or Mozambique in our sights. We go far and we go rough. So at launch time we ask things like can it tow my off-road trailer? Will it be able to handle my favourite 4×4 trail or is it not made for that type of unrelenting terrain? So as the Chevrolet Trailblazer hits the South African market we are once again asking these very same questions, and to answer this conundrum pit the Trailblazer to the current king of the mid-size SUV castle, the Toyota Fortuner 3.0 D-4D.
The production model of the second-generation Trailblazer, unlike its North American predecessor, is available globally. It made its début at the Bangkok International Motor Show in March of this year. Why Bangkok? Well the Trailblazer was built there after the Thai government offered General Motors a generous tax incentive if they built a bakkie-based SUV at the factory in Rayong. Locally, the Trailblazer will be available in three derivatives, two with a Duramax turbodiesel, a 2.5 and 2.8, and a 3.6-litre V6 VVT petrol engine.”