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Chevrolet launches 2014 Trailblazer with new engine, 4x2 automatic transmission and MyLink

2014 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Chevrolet Philippines recently launched the 2014 Trailblazer SUV which comes with new and more powerful Duramax engines in addition to other improvements. Apart from a new powertrain, the new Trailblazer will also be equipped with the Chevrolet MyLink which makes it easy to connect phones and other media devices to the vehicle. These improvements further highlight the Trailblazer's 'Go Anywhere' concept and will raise the bar for SUV’s in the market.

First launched in 2012, the Trailblazer was Chevrolet's newest entry into the Philippine midsize SUV segment. Its rugged looks matched with a spacious cabin, class-leading engine and superior on and off-road driving dynamics helped the Trailblazer carve a sizeable niche in the market.

“Trailblazer sales have been robust since it was launched in the fourth quarter of 2012. However, the demand for an automatic transmission in the 4x2 variant has been consistently high.” said Atty Arcilla. Cognizant that the 4x2 automatic variants account for 62% of the midsize SUV segment, Chevrolet Philippines announces the launch of the Trailblazer 4x2 automatic transmission variant. “Chevrolet is very happy that the Trailblazer 4x2 automatic is finally here. The wait is over.” added Atty. Arcilla.

The new Duramax engine has been made stronger to handle the increased outputs, and certain elements have been redesigned to enhance durability and further improve overall quality. Instead of increasing capacity to enhance performance, Chevrolet powertrain engineers focused on improving efficiency and performance within the same capacities.

With the new Duramax engine, the 2.8-liter Trailblazer now has 200hp of power at 3,600 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm, making the Trailblazer the most powerful in its class. Equivalent to 178 Nm-per-liter, the new engine will not only improve the Trailblazer's acceleration and straight-line performance, but also the vehicle's towing and payload capacity. Output for the 2.5L variant has also increased to 163hp at 3,600 rpm. It now produces 380 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm.

The new Duramax 2.8-diesel engine has 11% more power, 6% more torque, while consuming 4.3% less fuel. The new 2.5-liter Duramax diesel engine, on the other hand, has 8.6% more power, 9% more torque, while burning 5.17% less. Both the 2.8- and 2.5-liter variants are capable of a top speed of 180 km/h.

Included in the engine’s improvements are a higher pressure Commonrail system, a water-cooling system for the Variable Geometry Turbocharger, a new Exhaust Gas Recirculation valve and the addition of an EGR cooler, an enhanced Intake Manifold, redesigned Cylinder Head and Block, a Balance Shaft Unit. GM’s powertrain engineers also developed a new Engine Control Module hardware and software for quicker response and added accuracy to keep the engine operating in peak form.

The Trailblazer’s 2.5-liter manual transmission variant will get a new six-speed transmission, an upgrade from the previous model’s five-speeds. The new six-speed automatic transmission features retuned ratios to take advantage of the new Duramax's characteristics, providing the Trailblazer with the best performance and fuel economy. The Trailblazer is the first in its segment to offer six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

The Trailblazer’s LTZ variant will have the Chevrolet Mylink with all the appointed audio unit features and will include smartphone connectivity, pictures, videos and audio streaming. Once connected, options such as Audio, Pictures and Movies, Telephone, Smartphone Link and Settings are projected onto the Trailblazer's touch screen. Users can access personal playlists and make hands-free voice calls, amongst other functions.

"The 2014 Trailblazer perfectly fits Chevrolet’s ‘Find New Roads’ brand promise," said Atty. Alberto Arcilla, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Philippines. “Chevrolet always strives to look for ways to let the Filipino market enjoy an enhanced car ownership experience. The Trailblazer is an SUV that combines looks and utility by offering more space, seven-seater comfort, better performance, and the ability to explore smartphone features with the new Chevrolet MyLink.”

The Trailblazer is available in seven exterior colors: Summit White, Black Sapphire, Sizzle Red, Auburn Brown, Blue Mountain, Royal Gray and Switchblade Silver. Trailblazer variants and prices are as follows:

  • Trailblazer 2.8L 4x4 AT – Php1,733,888
  • Trailblazer 2.8L 4x2 AT – Php1,488,888
  • Trailblazer 2.5L 4x2 MT – Php1,378,888

Source: Chevrolet Philippines

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