2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer debuts – Same name, totally different car

Updated Oct 22, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The nameplate is now worn by a smaller yet more tech-savvy model in the Philippines.

For nearly a decade, the second-generation Chevrolet Trailblazer existed in our market as a midsize truck-based 7-seater SUV, complete with a ladder-frame chassis and four-wheel-drive capability. It was quietly dropped from the local lineup this year, and now, Chevrolet Philippines brings back the Trailblazer as a smaller yet more tech-savvy compact crossover. 

The All-New 2022 Chevy Trailblazer

The new model made its global debut at the 2019 Auto Shanghai exhibition alongside the Tracker subcompact crossover, with both vehicles sporting Chevrolet’s latest aesthetic. “We are proud to introduce the all-new 2022 Chevy Trailblazer to the Philippine market,” said Chevrolet Philippines President & CEO Atty. Albert Arcilla. “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.”     

Exterior 

Smaller proportions are the most evident change that the new Trailblazer brings over the outgoing model, with the former now underpinned by a global GM Vehicle Set Strategy (VSS) platform. The chiseled fascia is inspired by the Camaro, featuring a pair of Intellibeam LED headlamps accompanied by LED fog lamps and DRLs flanking the dual-port grille.     

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer
It's now smaller on proportions while getting bigger in onboard tech

Adopting a bolder shape, the hood conveys a youthful air. One notable feature is the generous amount of body cladding around the vehicle, complementing the simulated skid plate to lend a sporty character. Prominent character lines define the profile, while roof rails accompany the sleek outline. LED tail lamps and a high-mount stop lamp surround the liftgate which now features hands-free power operation. Alloy wheels measuring 17 inches are standard on all four corners.     

Interior  

Inside, the 2022 Trailblazer has been downsized in terms of passenger capacity yet makes up for it with a plethora of interior amenities. There’s room for five occupants on jet-black leather seats with white contrast stitching, while the steering wheel and front seats feature a heating function. 

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer interior

The all-black interior is punctuated by chrome accents

The second-row bench can be split-fold 60/40 to access a cargo area that features a two-tier cargo floor. Comfort won’t be in short supply even during harsh conditions outside with the automatic climate control system featuring an air moisture sensor to regulate humidity and cabin filter to keep allergens out.  

Tech & safety

The new Trailblazer comes with a 3.5-inch monochrome screen placed between large analog gauges on the instrument panel just beyond the multi-function steering wheel. An 8-inch MyLink infotainment touchscreen is embedded on the dashboard, offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Waking the engine is as easy as pressing the starter button, while the rear-view mirror automatically dims to reduce glare during night drives. 

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer touchscreen

Connecting your smartphone is now easier than ever

A total of six airbags are standard on the 2022 Trailblazer, complemented by 3-point ELR seatbelts for all passengers. Anti-lock brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, traction control, hill start assist, and engine drag control are standard. Brake assist systems with torque vectoring are also present. 

The new Trailblazer, ace-in-the-hole is the suite of advanced driver-assist features including Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Rear Park Assist using the rear camera and sensors.       

Engine & drivetrain

Foregoing the old diesel mill, the 2022 Trailblazer now runs on a 1.3-liter GM E-Turbo gasoline engine made from lightweight aluminum. Its three cylinders are actuated by a chain drive, generating 155 horsepower and 236 Nm of torque, while an active thermal management system utilizes various sensors to keep the engine within optimal temperatures.  

2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer running

The compact crossover ditches diesel power for a smaller 1.3-liter gasoline turbo 

Power is diverted to the front wheels through a new-generation 6-speed continuously variable transmission. An active grille shutter system automatically closes on highway speeds to reduce drag and maximize aerodynamic efficiency, while an available engine start-stop system reduces emissions and improves fuel economy. 

Pricing

The 2022 Chevrolet Trailblazer is available in two trim levels, the LT which carries a sticker price of Php 1,488,888, and the top-spec Premier at Php 1,621,888. It comes with a standard 5-year warranty, and buyers will be automatically enrolled in the 24/7 Chevrolet Roadside Assistance program for three years. Convenient vehicle servicing is also within reach with the 24/7 Chevy Hotline. Check out the all-new Trailblazer compact crossover at your nearest Chevrolet Philippines dealer today. 

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Know more about Chevrolet Trailblazer 2021

Chevrolet Trailblazer

In 2021, Chevrolet Philippines brought in the new Trailblazer. It is no longer based on the Colorado pickup truck, but instead it is now a front-wheel-drive, subcompact, five-seater unibody crossover utility vehicle. Under the hood, it uses a 1.3-liter turbocharged inline-3 gasoline engine capable of making up to 155 horsepower and 236 Nm of torque. The said engine is then paired with a continuously variable transmission for both of its variants. Price wise, the entry-level Trailblazer LT 1.3T CVT sits at Php 1.488 million. The top-spec Trailblazer Premier 1.3T CVT meanwhile, can be had for Php 1.621 million.


 

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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