General Motors Indonesia President Director Gaurav Gupta speaks during the All New Chevrolet Trailblazer test drive in Bogor, West Java, on Wednesday (22/02). (JG Photo/Amal Ganesha)

All New Chevrolet Trailblazer Challenges Japanese Dominance in Indonesia's SUV Market


FEBRUARY 23, 2017

Bogor. General Motors releases the All New Chevrolet Trailblazer on Thursday (23/02) as the US carmaker seeks to challenge the dominance of the Japanese in Indonesia's sports utility vehicle market.

Before launching the car, a test drive was provided for press crews in Sentul near Bogor, West Java, a day earlier on Wednesday.

The Trailblazer offers a series of innovative technologies, one of which is the Remote Engine Start, a feature that allows user to switch the ignition on remotely.

Another distinct feature is the Remote Air Conditioner, developed after many users complain of returning to a blazing hot car on hot days. This automatic air conditioner will make sure the temperature inside the car remain at a cool 25 degrees Celcius.

The seven-seated SUV uses Duramax diesel engine and is fueled by solar B20.

"With this new Trailblazer, we try to offer the best SUV car in the market as we're the biggest non-Japanese car manufacturer in Indonesia," General Motors Indonesia president director Gaurav Gupta told reporters during the test drive.

The car is designed to ride in all conditions; on stony, wet and hot roads, hills and even on extreme tracks like small rivers. The Jakarta Globe was able to witness its performance on a river on Wednesday.

The Trailblazer crosses a river in Sentul near Bogor, West Java, on Wednesday (22/02). (JG Photo/Amal Ganesha)

General Motors claimed the Trailblazer's torque, at 440 Newton Meters, is the highest in its class, allowing the truck to perform well on gradient hills or roads even though it is not a four-wheel drive car.

"Indonesia's SUV market has been growing rapidly and we believe the Trailbazer's remote engine start — which we pioneered in this category — and its range of safety elements can turn it into a genuine competitor in the market," Gupta said.

The car, manufactured in Thailand, is also customer friendly, having been developed after hearing input from customers and experts, one of General Motors's engineers explained.

"We got a lot of inputs from our customers and communities. We also put the unique landscape of Southeast Asia into consideration when designing the car," General Motors lead development engineer Dan Pinnuck said.

"The Trailblazer's Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber is my favorite. It's a technology which strengthens the engine and make it more responsive. It absorbs more noise and makes it more fuel efficient," the Australian added.

The Trailblazers after a full day of off-road test. (JG Photo/Amal Ganesha)