Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

20 March 2014

South Africa: Chevrolet Trailblazer - a Phoenix Rises

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The Chevrolet Trailblazer showed a lot of promise when it first arrived on South African shores two years ago. The big SUV set its sights firmly on the same segment dominated by the Toyota Fortuner - but never quite made the impact General Motors here had been hoping for. No doubt, that's one of the reasons why an updated version of the Trailblazer was introduced this week. But is it any better? DEON SCHOEMAN finds out.

There's no question that South Africans love their SUVs almost as much as their luxury cars. Perhaps it has something to do with our African continent-bred yearning for the great outdoors - or, more prosaically, could it be that it's a reflection of a preference for road-dominating machines that endow their occupants with a sense of security (and supremacy)?

Either way, a quick scan of the traffic on any given morning will reveal that the SUV count at least equals, and sometimes even exceeds, the normal passenger car tally. From behemoths like the Audi Q7 and the Mercedes-Benz G-class, to less imposing designs like the Kia Sportage and the Ford Kuga, the SUV segment remains one of the most buoyant in an ever-softening new...

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