GM India to launch Chevrolet Trailblazer in H2 2015, caught testing in Hyderabad [Update]
Posted on: May 11, 2015 - 8:00pm IST
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Reuters, in an interview with Stefan Jacoby, Executive Vice President Consolidated International Operations, reports that the American car maker will launch the Chevrolet Trailblazer in the second half of this year.
The Trailblazer will be the most important launch for GM in India this year, and the first to build the brand image of the company after it introduced products like the Sail, Sail U-VA and Enjoy, which were originally cars developed for the Chinese market.
While the company has confirmed a launch of the Trailblazer for 2015, it is yet to announce if it will take the CBU or the CKD route, the latter allowing it to price the vehicle competitively thanks to reduced taxes.
In the Philippines and Thai market, GM sells the Trailblazer with 2.5- and 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engines. Sources tell Indian Autos Blog that it is the latter, which produces 200 hp and 500 Nm of torque, that will be made available in the Indian market. 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available with this engine as is an AWD system.
The Trailblazer was given an update earlier this year, and now features improved NVH levels and additional features such as the MyLink touchscreen infotainment system and a piano-black finish for the center console.
The Trailblazer’s biggest competitors, the Ford Endeavour (Ford Everest) and Toyota Fortuner, are heading for their full model changeovers with Ford expected to launch the new Endeavour by the end of this year. The 2016 Fortuner would be introduced next year in India.
Rivals: Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Toyota Fortuner
Expected Launch: H2 2015