GM’S EXIT ‘TRAILBLAZERS’ A BAR­GAIN

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

GO­ING to a muddy 4x4 jam­boree with all pur­pose tyres is a lot like tak­ing a pocket knife to a gun fight, es­pe­cially when the event is hosted by blokes with farmer tans in the Ge­orge’s Val­ley, out­side Tza­neen.

But this is ex­actly what Isuzu did, invit­ing Wheels to join a crew of city slick­ers in KB bakkies and Chevro­let Trailblazers. The Trailblazers again showed it will climb any ob­sta­cle as long as its tyres have grip, and we would rec­om­mend this ve­hi­cle as a bar­gain buy, what with the sen­ti­ment cur­rently against it in the wake of Gen­eral Mo­tors an­nounc­ing its exit from South Africa.

In its place, we can ex­pect Aus­tralia’s favourite SUV, the seven-seater Isuzu MU-X. More de­tails on this when the launch hap­pens. Mean­while, Wheels ad­vises SUV buy­ers can do a lot worse than to ne­go­ti­ate with a GM dealer nearby to get a good deal on the out­go­ing Trail­blazer.

PHOTO: SCREEN GRAB

Ex­plain­ing why chunks were chewed out of the driver’s seat, the driver’s said it was be­cause the ve­hi­cle went side­ways faster than it went up­wards on this slip­pery slope chal­lenge. The chew­ing con­tin­ued after the slide stopped just short of hit­ting a tree — with to SUV see-saw­ing on three wheels.

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