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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, April 1, 2017
OLDEN made a fair bit of fuss about
the new Trailblazer when the model
made its appearance on these shores
late last year. Far from just being an
update of the Colorado 7, the seven-seater
was touted as the perfect companion for a
family who loved adventure, a heady mix of
space, comfort, off-road prowess and on-road
Sceptics dismissed the marketing script as
just that, nothing more than a ploy to dress up
a name change as something much grander
than it was. That is hardly surprising given the
long list of vehicles that fail to live up to their
promise, but the Trailblazer has been quick to
prove that it is indeed an improvement on its
predecessor, with changes that are, well, more
than name deep.
Big, chunky ute-based utes are generally not
whip around head turners and the Trailblazer
is no different. New headlamps with integrated
LED running lights and a modernised grille
and bonnet first seen in the updated Colorado
ute are the most noticeable exterior changes.
The design is more about rugged capability
than sweeping flowing lines with dramatic
finesse but it works for the Trailblazer.
It is on the inside that the biggest departure
from the Colorado 7 is to be seen with a new
dashboard design that features better quality
soft-touch materials and well-placed buttons
Our LTZ-spec test car boasted an eight-
inch colour touchscreen as the face of an
infotainment system which now offers Apple
CarPlay and Android Auto sitting proudly next
to a new streamlined instrument cluster with
a larger LCD information display. While they
work well, and let’s face it, more than a small
improvement on what came before, they still
seem a bit small for a vehicle of this size and
are easily lost in the dark dash.
The front seats are comfortable despite
their slightly flattish look and lodgings for
passengers in the second and third rows are
not without their highlights either.
Head and legroom back there is more than
passable except for the tallest of passengers
and a 60:40 tumble forward second pew makes
access to the third row doable for adults, not
pretty mind you, but possible.
There is good useable storage in the door
bins and a few conveniently placed hidey
holes to carry all those necessities families
seem to need these days but the boot is just
235-litres, a touch on the small side, with all
seven seats in use.
The Trailblazer comes well equipped with
the features we now expect as given. Aside
from a good infotainment system, reverse
camera and sensors, it also has electrically
adjustable front seats, climate control vents
across all three rows, rain-sensing wipers, and
A powered tailgate would also be nice given
the weight and height of the boot lid.
There’s a raft of safety gear to justify a five-
star ANCAP rating. The latter includes seven
airbags, lane departure control and blind spot
monitoring as well as rear cross traffic alert
but no autonomous emergency braking.
There is no change to the spec of the
2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine but when you
have a unit that produces a class-leading
500Nm and 147kW, more than enough to
honour a 3000kg braked towing rating, there is
hardly a need for change.
Refinement to the engine and six-speed
automatic gearbox has resulted in a quieter,
more fuel-efficient performance and a
smoother, more accomplished ride.
A little on the clock, less on the price.
Applies to MY16 Amarok demonstrator stock vehicles (excluding Amarok V6) sold by 31/03/2017 and delivered by 30/04/2017. Whilst stocks last. Demonstrator model, colour and availability may vary between dealerships. Volkswagen Australia reserves the right to
change or extend this offer.
Driveaway price includes dealer delivery, stamp duty, CTP and balance of registration. Not available with other offers.
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