THE revised Holden Trailblazer entered the surging ute-based wagon market late in 2016 off the back of the success of its competition, namely the Ford Everest (2016’s 4X4OTY), Isuzu MU-X, Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
Co-developed alongside the significantly updated Colorado, the Trailblazer is effectively a wagon version of the Colorado ute, albeit with changes to its rear suspension and brakes.
The key changes to the new Trailblazer from its predecessor include repositioned engine balance shafts; revised fuel injection with addition injector soundproofing; a new torque converter; new engine and transmission mounts; new suspension dampers; electric power steering; new roof mouldings, exterior mirror mounts, door seals, sliding glass channels and B-pillar inserts; and a thicker windscreen.
The VM Motori 2.8-litre turbo-diesel claims 147kW and 500Nm (the same as before) and it’s mated to a neatly tuned six-speed automatic transmission – there’s no self-shifter. Despite the unchanged outputs the engine is now more refined than before, with the ride becoming more smooth and comfortable.
Revised fuel mapping and changes to the fuel delivery system has improved off-idle and low rpm driveability, while its top-end urge competes strongly against its competition.
Read our full 2017 Holden Trailblazer review
Swapping from hydraulic to electric power steering also improves the Trailblazer’s on- and off-road dynamics.
In its debut month, the Trailblazer recorded 147 sales nationwide (December, 2016).
Watch Fraser give the Trailblazer a head-to-toe examination in the above video, and read our full review in the January 2017 issue of 4X4 Australia.
Also, keep an eye out for 2017’s 4X4OTY, where the Trailblazer will strut its stuff against six of the year’s best 4x4s: the Toyota LandCruiser 79, VW Amarok V6, Haval H9, Holden Colorado LTZ, Mercedes-Benz G300 and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport.
The winner of the 2017 4X4OTY will be revealed at the Australian Motoring Awards, which takes place on February 1. The full 2017 4X4OTY write-up will then feature in 4X4 Australia’s March 2017 issue, in stores February 2.
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