The peppy TrailBlazer SS becomes a distinct model for 2007 and comes in two packages: 1SS and 3SS. The remainder of the TrailBlazer lineup will now feature a tire-pressure-monitoring system as standard equipment and also receive a new regulated voltage control, designed to improve fuel economy by reducing the load on the engine generated by the alternator. Other updates include standard installation of the OnStar Generation 7 emergency communication system, as well as three new exterior colors.
Chevrolet carved solid footing into the mid-size SUV segment with the (2002 model year) 5-passenger TrailBlazer in 2001. A long-wheelbase, 7-passenger model followed, but has subsequently been discontinued. In 2006, the TrailBlazer became Chevrolet's first SUV to be offered with the brand's prestigious "SS" high-performance badge, and now, for 2007, the TrailBlazer SS becomes a separate model. The conventional TrailBlazer still offers two trim levels for 2007: base LS and up-level LT.
The standard engine in the conventional TrailBlazer is the Vortec 4.2-liter inline-6, rated at 291 hp. Optional is the 302-hp, Vortec 5.3-liter V-8 engine with Active Fuel Management, which automatically switches between eight- and four-cylinder operation to reduce fuel usage when appropriate. StabiliTrak electronic stability control and four-wheel ventilated anti-lock disc brakes are standard on all models. Head curtain side air bags are available for added passenger safety.
The SS model differs from traditional TrailBlazers in both its exterior styling and interior appointments, but the major difference is what lies under the hood. The SS is powered by a Corvette-derived LS2 6.0-liter V-8 that puts out 395 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Chevrolet says the SS can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under six seconds. A performance suspension with a lowered ride height and 20-inch flangeless wheels contributes to its sports-car-like performance. Even with its performance capability, the SS is still a workhorse SUV, as evidenced by its 6,700-pound maximum towing capacity (equal to the standard TrailBlazer model). The TrailBlazer SS is available in rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations and comes with a new, heavy-duty four-speed automatic transmission.
The Chevrolet TrailBlazer competes in the Midsize Utility segment, which consists of 16 models. Buyers in this segment look for performance, reliability, and comfort, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2006 Avoider StudySM and the Escaped Shopper Study.SM
The top sellers in the segment during calendar year 2006, according to the J.D. Power and Associates Sales Report,SM were the Honda Pilot (152,154 units sold), Jeep Grand Cherokee (139,148), and Ford Explorer (131,759). The Chevrolet TrailBlazer sold 117,115 units in 2006, a decrease of 28.4 percent compared to the previous year. Other models offered in the Midsize Utility segment include the Toyota 4 Runner, Jeep Commander, Nissan Pathfinder, Dodge Durango, and HUMMER H3.
|LS||4 speed automatic||$25,045||291-hp / 4.2L 6-cyl||16/22|
|LT||4 speed automatic||$27,970||291-hp / 4.2L 6-cyl||16/22|
|SS w/1SS||4 speed automatic||$31,320||395-hp / 6.0L 8-cyl||15/19|