Further to our earlier post on Chevrolet's latest PPV type SUV to take on the Toyota Fortuner and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, GM confirmed that the Trailblazer will be exported to other regional ASEAN markets including Malaysia by the second half of this year.
General Motors is certainly placing a great importance in the South East Asian market with the world debut of its new Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV held in Bangkok on 23 March, one year after the world debut of its Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck.
Based on GM's new global body-on-frame midsize truck architecture, the Trailblazer features the all-new four cylinder Duramax turbo-diesel engine and comes in 2.5L and 2.8L variants. It will be available in two and four-wheel drive configurations.
The new Trailblazer will be built at GM Thailand's manufacturing plant in Rayong and will hit the market in mid-2012. Exports to other Asean markets is targetted in the second half of 2012.
A choice of two drivetrains will be offered - a five-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic featuring electronic shift control with clutch-to-clutch capability and an electro-hydraulic control module.
The Trailblazer shares a number of design cues with its sister vehicle, the Colorado, and is backed up by several safety features which include the electronic stability control, anti-lock braking system, hydraulic brake assist, traction control, dynamic rear brake proportioning and Driver and occupant air bag protection.
"We have seen a 50% growth in sales in 2011 and with pick-up trucks and SUV types being the most popular, our plans are on target to continue producing vehicles that are relevant to the market," said Martin Apfel, GM Southeast Asia and Chevrolet sales Thailand.
"There are plans to launch the Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV in Malaysia by the second half of 2012. It will be competitively priced against the Ford Everest and Toyota Fortuner," said Mohd Nizam Ishak, head network development of Naza Quest.
Here are some video snipets of the Trailblazer launch in Thailand yesterday.
More on the Trailblazer here.