GM exec Jeff Luke says that 2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is not coming in the US

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 12, 2012

Jeff Luke, who is the vehicle line executive for General Motors' crossovers and trucks, has disclosed that the TrailBlazer was considered but that there are no current plans to bring it to the United States. This would surely disappoint the US-based Chevrolet dealers who thought otherwise. Over the past months, some of the dealers have indicated that they expect to see the mid-sized TrailBlazer together with Chevrolet's U.S. lineup.

The TrailBlazer concept was launched at the Dubai International Motor Show in November. The seven-seat vehicle will be sold worldwide starting early this year in Thailand. This SUV will be equipped with a diesel engine. The vehicle is based on the redesigned Colorado, a body-on-frame pickup engineered for worldwide markets and the United States.

Sales of the refurbished Colorado are set to start next year. Chevrolet sells vehicles in more than 130 markets outside the US, but it has not disclosed which markets will get the SUV.

Most Americans are familiar with the TrailBlazer label, as it was a very successful mid-sized SUV during the SUV craze last decade. It was offered in seven-passenger and five-passenger variants. However, Chevrolet dropped the TrailBlazer nameplate in the country in 2008 because of the rising gasoline prices matched with disappointing fuel economy.

Chevrolet Traverse and the TrailBlazer generally have the same size and capability, Luke revealed during an interview at Detroit's North American International Auto Show. The major difference between the two is that the Traverse is a front-drive while the TrailBlazer is a rear-wheel-drive configuration.

Chevrolet introduces the new Trailblazer ahead of the upcoming Bangkok International Motor Show. But not known to all, Chevy’s “haul anything, go anywhere” sport utility vehicle was actually first seen as a concept vehicle at the Dubai International Motor Show in 2011.

The new Chevrolet Trailblazer is designed according to GM’s new global body-on-frame blueprint for mid-size truck. This SUV offers superior handling and comfort and is backed by Chevrolet’s outstanding off-road performance. The new Trailblazer comes in 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive configurations and is powered by Duramax 4cylinder turbo-diesel engines.

Chevrolet’s tough SUV is equipped with state of the art interior with three-row split folding seats to go with its spacious cabin. Just like its name, the Trailblazer makes a perfect family SUV with heavy-duty features. Even Martin Apfel believes that the new Chevy Trailblazer will make it to the fast growing SUV market in no time.

The new Trailblazer will be built at GM’s manufacturing site in Rayong Thailand and is expected to go on sale starting June 2012. Trailblazer’s off-road characteristic feels right at home with Thailand as its main market. Yet, aside from Southeast Asia, Chevrolet is also eyeing consumers anywhere in the world.

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