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Chevrolet has unveiled the Colorado Xtreme pick-up and Trailblazer Premier SUV at the 2016 Bangkok International Motor Show. The automaker says that the show vehicles – which were designed and built at Holden’s GM Australia Design Centre in Port Melbourne – hint at a new direction for the two offerings in the Thai market.

Essentially, the duo has been beefed up with elements that will come about when their facelifts appear – a refresh is looking much needed now, given the stiff competition from the Toyota Hilux/Fortuner and Ford Ranger/Everest.

The Colorado Xtreme looks plenty rugged – inspiration for the truck came from many sources, in particularly the North American market. Finished in a custom exterior shade called Furnace, dress-up items for the truck include an engine hood scoop, a front safari bar with integrated LED bar and winch, a unique designed snorkel and side plates on the sports bar.

Also on, a high-lift suspension, a custom-made tub liner with adjustable tie down tracks (extended to lift gate) and an integrated spare wheel mount/tool holder as well as a graphics pack and 18-inch colour-coordinated wheels wrapped with full-mud terrain tyres.

Inside, the Xtreme features premium leather/fabric seats, new auxiliary gauges and accessories such as a passenger grab handle on the side of the instrument panel and an inclinometer. The show Colorado also has an eight-inch colour touchscreen and the latest MyLink system, the latter equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

The Trailblazer Premier, meanwhile, goes the luxury route with the introduction of plusher, finer materials and trim. The exterior of the show car has been jazzed up, but the approach is definitely more subtle and softer in terms of colour and materials compared to the Xtreme.

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The Premier is dressed in a silvery blue exterior finish called Velocity and rides on 22-inch wheels. Fresh bits include a rear spoiler, rear fascia protector and integrated side steps with bright chrome molding.

Inside, the rework adds materials such as hand-picked and crafted Australian timber and two-tone instrument panel inserts with detailed stitch. Elsewhere, new trim techniques and processes such as bespoke piping on the seat covers and handmade netting on the back of the driver/front passenger seats add to a tailored and upmarket feel.

The Trailblazer Premier (and the Colorado Xtreme) may be inaccessible to consumers, but Chevrolet Thailand does have a special edition of the Trailblazer that Thai buyers can get their hands on.

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The Trailblazer Urban Pack II, as the version is called, is adorned with additional design features that add to the ruggedness without impacting the vehicle’s premium and sophisticated appearance, so it goes.

Kit includes a body-colored, roof-mounted rear spoiler, an anti-scratch rear bumper, chrome door trim, LED daytime running lights, two-tone alloy wheels and a 10.1-inch roof-mounted LED monitor. Available on the Trailblazer 2.8L AT 4WD LTZ1, the thus-enhanced Trailblazer Urban Pack II retails for 1.51 million baht (RM173,000).

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