Like the Colorado Ute, with which it shares a large percentage of its underlying DNA, the Holden Colorado 7 SUV has come in for major updating.
To go with the improvements and fresh face, it’s been anointed with the Trailblazer name, as used by Chevrolet for its mid-size SUV.
The new model’s additional technology and design changes haven’t brought price hikes, though. The entry level LT reviewed here holds fast to the old model’s list price, while the higher specification LTZ rises by a modest $1000. The LT’s price and equipment value proposition looks competitive against major competitors such as the Isuzu MU-X, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Toyota Fortuner and the more expensive Ford Everest.
A new MyLink infotainment system with 7” touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, DAB+ radio, rear park assist and reversing camera, LED DRLs, seven airbags, 17” alloys including full size spare, ESC, hill-start assist, hill descent control, trailer sway control and remote window operation (via key fob) are all amongst the standard kit.
Like the Colorado Ute, the Trailblazer sports refreshed front-end body styling for a more aggressive and purposeful look. The inside has come in for treatment as well, with a new dash, centre console and trims for a fresher, higher quality look than before. It’s neatly finished, though there’s still a fair bit of hard-looking plastic in the door trims and the console-box lid hinges felt rather flimsy.
The interior is straight forward in layout, with the touch screen easy enough to use, a clear reversing camera to make parking easier and rotary switch for simple 4WD system (including low range) selections. There’s no reach adjustment on the steering column, only tilt.
Both models have seven seats as standard, which fold neatly away into the cargo area floor when not in use. Limited leg and head room in row three and basic seat comfort mean these pews are better suited to children.
A maximum towing capacity (with trailer brakes) of 3000kg will add appeal for those buyers wanting to tow a boat, caravan or horse float.
While the Trailblazer’s light commercial origins and ruggedness remain discernible, overall refinement, steering, ride and handling have all benefited from those engineering upgrades that flow through from the Colorado, making it a better vehicle to drive than its predecessor. It doesn’t set any new benchmarks in the class, though.