I had always hoped that the Trailblazer would bring much need competition with the Montero Sport and the Fortuner.
But it looks like they will be pricing the Trailblazer above both AUVs. Taking the prices from the Thailand press release and converting them to our Philippine Pesos… (including taxes).
- Trailblazer 2.8 LTZ1 4WD 1.489.000 baht (Php 2,051,110)
- Trailblazer 2.8 LTZ 4WD 1.389.000 baht (Php 1,913,360)
- Trailblazer 2.8 LT 4WD 1.299.000 baht (Php 1,789,390)
- Trailblazer 2.8 LT 2WD 1.249.000 baht (Php 1,720,510)
- Trailblazer 2.5 LT 2WD M/T 1.059.000 baht (Php 1,458,780)
Compare these to the Fortuner (Php 1,408,000 to Php 1,719,000) and the Montero (Php 1,178,000 to Php 1,708,000) and looks like Chevrolet will have a hard time selling from top to bottom. On the flipside, they can always contend that the Trailblazer has more advanced features than the Toyota and Mitsubishi. The Chevy has slightly more power and a 6-speed transmission. Expect it also to have more airbags than any of its competition.
I had always thought that the Trailblazer would replace the aging and dated Captiva in its lineup. If it did, the range would now be the Spark, Aveo/Sonic, Cruze, Orlando, Trailblazer, and the Tahoe/Suburban twins. With the Orlando pushing almost Php 1,289,000 Chevrolet does need to put some distance between it and the Trailblazer. Unfortunately, at that price I’m guessing that most people would simply gravitate towards the Montero Sport rather than buy Chevy’s small minivan.
Here’s hoping that the marketplace would force Chevy’s hand and make the Trailblazer more affordable.