The Chevrolet Trailblazer has been launched in India to take advantage of the bustling premium SUV segment. While the Captiva soft roader has been sidelined, the Trailblazer, with its ladder frame underpinning, takes on the likes of Toyota Fortuner, Ford Endeavour (soon-to-be-launched next gen model), Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ssangyong Rexton. Here is how GM India’s new flagship compares with its rivals on paper.
Making headway in this segment depends a lot on how butch the SUVs look, so naturally, the designers have been generous with dimensions. The new Ford Endeavour is the longest car in the segment at 4,892 mm while the Chevrolet Trailblazer finishes second at 4,878 mm. The SsangYong Rexton measures 4,755 mm in length, followed by the segment leading Toyota Fortuner at 4,705 mm, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport at 4,695 mm and Hyundai Santa Fe at 4,690 mm.
Coming to the wheelbase, the Ford seals the top place again at 2,850 mm but the Chevy finishes closely at 2,845 mm. The SsangYong, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Hyundai SUVs have wheelbases of 2,845 mm, 2,800 mm, 2,750 mm and 2,700 mm respectively.
Not surprisingly, the new Endeavour is the heaviest SUV in the segment at 2,370 kg. The Trailblazer is the only other SUV which breaches the 2 tonne market (2068 kg). The Rexton is the third heaviest car in this comparo at 1,935 kg while the Pajero Sport and Fortuner tip the scales at 1,935 kg and 1,880 kg respectively. The monocoque bodied Santa Fe is the lightest SUV of the lot at 1,785 kg.
Engines and Gearboxes
All these SUVs are powered only by diesel motors in India. The upcoming Endeavour’s range-topping 3.2-litre five-cylinder motor is the largest in the class which is followed by the Fortuner’s top-end 3.0-litre four-cylinder unit. The Trailblazer is powered by a 2.8-litre four-cylinder mill, the Rexton settles for a Mercedes derived 2.7-litre five-cylinder motor, and the base Fortuner, and Pajero Sport are powered by 2.5-litre engines. The base Endeavour, and Santa Fe have the smallest engines in the segment, displacing 2.2-litre.
The Endeavour and Sante Fe come with 6-speed manual and automatic transmission options while the Fortuner, Rexton and Pajero Sport come with 5-speed manual and automatic gearboxes. The Trailblazer is available only with a 6-speed AT.
The Endeavour 3.2 and Trailblazer emerge as the most powerful cars of the lot at 197 hp while the Santa Fe finishes closely at 194 hp. The Rexton is available in two states of tune 184 hp and 162 hp. The Pajero Sport puts out 176 hp, Fortuner 3.0-litre has 169 hp and the Endeavour 2.2 manages 158 PS. At 142 PS, the Fortuner 2.5 is the least powerful model in this comparo.
Save for the Chevy which is available only in RWD configuration, all the other SUVs in this comparo can be had with both 4×4 systems. It’s to be noted that Santa Fe is the only car with FWD configuration for the base variant.
The approximate mileage figures puts all these SUVs within the narrow 11 to 12.5 km range so none of them have a marked advantage over the other.
Here are the model wise feature highlights of the premium SUVs (top-end variants).
Chevrolet Trailblazer: Projector headlamps, LED taillights, MyLink touchscreen multimedia infotainment system with Bluetooth, navigation and reverse parking carmera, alloy wheels, foglights, six airbags, ABS with EBD, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, keyless entry with start/stop button, cruise control, leather seats, automatic climate control and so on.
Toyota Fortuner: Dual airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability Control, reverse parking camera, leather seats, touchscreen infotainment system with DVD, Bluetooth and navigation, automatic climate control, projector headlamps, foglamps, alloy wheels, keyless entry, cruise control, and so on.
Ford Endeavour (tentative list): Six airbags, ABS with EBD, VSC, Hill Start Assist, Hill Descent Control, projector headlamps, foglights, alloy wheels, SYNC 2.0 touchscreen multimedia infotainment system with Bluetooth and navigation, reverse parking camera, automatic climate control, keyless entry with start/stop button, cruise control, etc.
Hyundai Santa Fe: Six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESC, vehicle stability management control, Hill Start Assist and downhill break control, rear view camera, auto headlamps and wipers, dual zone auto AC, touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth and navigation, leather seats, electrically adjustable driver seat, projector headlamps, alloy wheels, foglights and so on.
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport: Dual airbags, ABS with EBD, infotainment system with Bluetooth and navigation, leather seats, keyless entry, reverse parking camera, automatic climate control, paddle shifters, projector headlamps, foglights, alloy wheels, foglights, etc.
SsangYong Rexton: Six airbags, ABS, ARP, ASR, Hill Descent Control, infotainment system with Bluetooth and navigation, cruise control, electrically adjustable driver seats, keyless entry, automatic climate control, leather seats, alloy wheels, projector headlamps, foglights, etc.
The SsangYong Rexton has the least base price of INR 20.14 lakhs, followed by the Toyota Fortuner at 24.17 lakhs, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport at INR 25.25 lakhs, Chevrolet Trailblazer at INR 26.4 lakhs, and Hyundai Santa Fe at INR 27.09 lakhs. Prices of the new Ford Endeavour are expected to be out soon. Please note that all prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.