2017 Chevrolet Trailblazer

American car maker Chevrolet is reportedly planning to launch facelifted version of its flagship SUV, the Trailblazer in early 2017. The company has already imported a unit of the latest version for homologation purpose. The imported unit is the LTZ variant from Thailand.

Chevrolet took the wraps off the 2016 Trailblazer SUV at the 37th Bangkok International Motor Show earlier this year. It comes with an all new face in line with the Colorado pick-up sold in the US market. Compared to the current version sold in India, the new Trailblazer is more angular and sporty in design. On the face, the bumpers, bonnet and headlamps have been reworked to give it a more butch look. The signature split grille with bowtie emblem is now more upright. There are some chrome touches on the grille as well.

The side and rear profiles are largely untouched. The tail lamps get new inserts while the bumper has also been tweaked slightly. On the interior, it gets a new dashboard and an 8-inch MyLink infotainment system and support for Apple CarPlay.

At the heart, the SUV is likely to remain untouched and is expected to continue with the 2.8-litre Duramax four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that develops 197bhp of power at 3,600rpm and 500Nm of torque at 2,000rpm mated to six-speed automatic transmission.

Meanwhile, General Motors India has slashed the price of Chevrolet Trailblazer by Rs 2.5 lakh. The flagship SUV of the Chevrolet, launched at Rs 26.4 lakh in October last year, is now priced at Rs 23.95 lakh, ex-showroom Delhi. The price cut comes after Trailblazer's rival Ford Endeavour received a price cut of up to Rs 2.82 lakh in September. Toyota will also launch a new Fortuner in India on November 7. The price cut is also initiated on account of arrival of this new rival.