Holden Trailblazer Information Revealed

BySam PurcellSeptember 1, 2016
Holden Trailblazer Information Revealed

Holden have announced more details of their new seven-seat 4WD, the Holden Trailblazer. This will replace the Colorado-7, but still has a lot in common with the outgoing model. This is part of a big rollout of new SUV models by Holden, including softroading Trax and Acadia.

This marks a big move by Holden in the 4X4 and SUV space, after only recently announced moving away from long-time partner Isuzu in the ute market.

2016 Holden Trailblazer

The Holden Trailblazer, sitting along side a new Trax and Acadia SUVs.

In terms of 4WD, the only one that really matters to us is the Trailblazer. Although it’s renamed, it is more of a significant facelift of the now outgoing Colorado-7. Along with the raft of updates coming for the Colorado ute, the new Trailblazer with sport new looks and a revamped interior.

Announced to be on-sale in Australia in October 2016, the Trailblazer will take up a renewed fight to the better-selling Isuzu MU-X, as well as Toyota’s new Fortuner and Mitsubishi’s Pajero Sport.

Holden Trailblazer

The Holden Trailblazer will go on-sale in October 2016

As much as things change, things still stay the same. The same VM-Motori 2.8 litre turbodiesel engine will be under the bonnet of the new Trailblazer and Colorado, with healthy figures of 147kW and 500Nm, going through a six-speed automatic or manual gearbox. It’s marketed as a Duramax engine, but that’s more spin than substance. If you opt for the manual shifter, you will suffer a torque deduction of 60Nm, presumably to stop the clutch exploding or gearbox exploding.

Holden Trailblazer interior

This left-hand drive Chevrolet model shows the updated Holden Trailblazer interior.

One of the most important changes of this new model, which will see it compete more healthily with up-market models, the Trailblazer has a new 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia interface, which has new connectivity software. This also comes with a new interior, which is a big improvment over the uninspiring current interior.