The 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer has finally been officially launched. While it may carry the same name as the pickup-based passenger vehicle (PPV) we’ve become accustomed to but was unfortunately discontinued, this new model is now a subcompact crossover SUV. It, however, competes in the larger end of the segment that includes the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-30, Subaru XV, Toyota Corolla Cross, and to a certain degree, the Geely Azkarra and Ford Territory.
Unlike our past speculations, the new 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer is assembled in South Korea, the same plant where the US-market Trailblazer is also assembled. This means that our Trailblazer is slightly longer than the rest of the world at 4,408 mm long.
As mentioned in our headline, we said that the Chevrolet Trailblazer is fully loaded, and we’re definitely not kidding. Two variants are available, the base LT and a top trim Premiere. In terms of design, Chevrolet is proud to highlight its “Camaro-inspired” front end, and it gets LED headlights on the Premiere variant, though LED daytime running lights are equipped on all variants.
Moving towards the side, and we can see its striking profile with its rakish roof, distinct character lines ,and 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels on all variants. The rear end is similarly striking, with its sculpted tailgate and sleek taillights, though only the Premiere gets LED units.
Likewise, the interior of the Trailblazer is equally striking and generously equipped. All variants come with leatherette seats, an 8-inch MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 6-speaker audio system, and passive entry with push-button start. Stepping up to the Premiere adds automatic climate control, and a powered tailgate, in which the Mazda CX-30 is the only other similarly-sized crossover to have this feature.
Powering all 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer variants is a 1.3-liter three-cylinder turbo gasoline engine that produces a healthy 155 hp and 236 Nm of torque. This is then mated to a CVT driving the front wheels. When asked whether an AWD variant with the 9-speed automatic will be sold in our market, Chevrolet Philippines says that this is not yet in their immediate plans, though this is something they will consider if there will be demand for it.
Safety is the biggest standout for the all-new Chevrolet Trailblazer. Whichever variant you choose, you get Chevrolet’s full suite of advanced driver-assistance systems that includes Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Front Pedestrian Detection. This is a move that we highly commend Chevrolet for doing to its affordable subcompact SUV.
These driver-assistance systems come on top of the usual suite of airbags, rear parking sensors, reverse camera, electronic stability control, Intellibeam automatic high beams, and even a tire pressure monitoring system.
“We are proud to introduce the all-new 2022 Chevy Trailblazer to the Philippine market,” says Atty. Albert B. Arcilla, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chevrolet Philippines. “The Trailblazer is a continuation of the new design language for Chevy’s crossover family and extends our momentum into one of the industry’s fastest-growing segments. It continues the SUV heritage of the revered nameplate and is now loaded with safety and convenience features that anticipate the needs of today’s most discerning customers,” Arcilla adds.
With all of these features, you’d be surprised that the 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer undercuts all of its mainstream Japanese rivals in terms of pricing. The base LT is priced at P1,488,888, while the top trim Premiere is being offered for P1,621,888.
The all-new Chevy Trailblazer is now available in all Chevrolet dealerships nationwide. It comes with a five-year warranty, automatic enrollment to the 24/7 Chevrolet Roadside Assistance for three (3) years, and immediate access to the 24/7 Chevy Hotline for convenient vehicle service and ownership needs.