The all new 2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer’s official debut is slated to be on March 26 at the start of the 2012 Bangkok Motor Show yet but the model was introduced recently at a special event in Bangkok. The new Trailblazer is built on the same platform as the re-designed Chevy Colorado and its appearance is also similar to the new Colorado.
The Trailblazer is built on the same underpinnings as a truck. Chevrolet is selling it off as a capable off road vehicle and a passenger hauler that seats seven. The Trailblazer is offered with two engines that come from GM’s range of Duramax diesels. A 2.8L turbocharged four cylinder serves as the larger choice. On the Trailblazer, it produces 180 hp and 346 lb.-ft. of torque.
The smaller choice – a 2.5L four cylinder – can deliver 150 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. There will also be five speed manual offered with both motors and a six-speed automatic. GM said that there will be more engines to be released soon for particular markets. He also said that it’s likely that the diesel variants won’t be offered in the U.S. Driving off-road would be an easy task for the Trailblazer with its independent rear suspension, two or four wheel drive and the use of coil springs throughout.
Brad Merkel, GM’s Global Vehicle Line Executive for Midsize Trucks and SUVs, said that the Trailblazer will be ideal for a broad variety of driving styles and requirements. It responds like a car and it offers premium ride quality while providing the off-road features that customers want. Merkel believes that these characteristics make it “the complete SUV package.”
The Trailblazer will be sold in Thailand and in global markets by June but it won’t be offered in the U.S., according to GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson. He explained that Americans have made the move from body-on-frame midsize SUVs to different crossovers, and the Traverse and Equinox are already present in this segment.
Chevrolet Trailblazer has a bold road presence as created by General Motors South America Design Center headquartered in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil. It shares several design cues with the Chevrolet Colorado, its sister vehicle, in line with the brand’s global design DNA.
The vehicle’s exterior highlights include its body-in-wheels-out design, which delivers high approach and high departure angles. Its hood has a dramatic power dome, which, together with a raised cowl, gives the Trailblazer a strong and purposeful look, while dual projector headlamps that are mounted higher are positioned beneath its power dome to emphasize the vehicle’s visual strength.
Also prominent in the Trailblazer is its contemporary dual-port grille, which is an unmistakable Chevrolet cue and which carries a 3D grille mesh. The fascias’ polished aluminum decor trims, as well as the rockers, tailgate, belt line, and roof rack, complement the vehicle’s grille.
Matt Noone, GM do Brasil Director of Design, said that the Chevrolet Trailblazer delivers an amazing combination of capabilities – from being able to negotiate off-road trails to offering a great daily city driving experience – that they wanted to express visually. He adds that the design also gives you a clear sense of muscle, while also exuding a sophisticated look in line with the premium SUVs. The Trailblazer looks athletic and agile when viewed from every angle and has a refined finish, making it a vehicle that will attract customers.
You can have the Trailblazer in any of seven exterior colors available: Black Sapphire, Summit White, Sizzle Red, Blue Mountain, Auburn Brown, Switchblade Silver, and Royal Gray.