Reuters, in an interview with Stefan Jacoby, Executive Vice President Consolidated International Operations, reports that the American car maker will launch the Chevrolet Trailblazer in the second half of this year.
The Trailblazer will be the most important launch for GM in India this year, and the first to build the brand image of the company after it introduced products like the Sail, Sail U-VA and Enjoy, which were originally cars developed for the Chinese market.
While the company has confirmed a launch of the Trailblazer for 2015, it is yet to announce if it will take the CBU or the CKD route, the latter allowing it to price the vehicle competitively thanks to reduced taxes.
In the Philippines and Thai market, GM sells the Trailblazer with 2.5- and 2.8-liter four-cylinder diesel engines. Sources tell Indian Autos Blog that it is the latter, which produces 200 hp and 500 Nm of torque, that will be made available in the Indian market. 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions are available with this engine as is an AWD system.
The Trailblazer was given an update earlier this year, and now features improved NVH levels and additional features such as the MyLink touchscreen infotainment system and a piano-black finish for the center console.
Rivals: Ford Endeavour, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Toyota Fortuner Expected Launch: H2 2015