Hot on the heels of the recently debuted next-generation Colorado midsize truck comes the official debut of the production-spec 2013 Trailblazer at the Bangkok International Motor Show. Unfortunately, unlike the Colorado, the chances of the new Trailblazer coming to the U.S. are slim.
From the B-pillar forward, the Trailblazer shows a strong family resemblance to its pickup sibling. From there back, it's pretty standard-issue SUV, looking somewhat like a cross between the current-generation Hyundai Santa Fe and Chevrolet's own Traverse crossover in the aft quarters.
Unlike the Lambda-chassis Traverse, however, the Trailblazer is unabashedly a body-on-frame, traditional sport-utility. Specifically designed for developing markets, this rugged construction helps the Trailblazer deal with the often unfavorable road conditions in target markets such as Southeast Asia and South America.
Also like the world-market Colorado, the Trailblazer will be offered with two four-cylinder turbodiesel engines, a 2.5-liter rated at 150 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, and a 2.8-liter producing 180 horsepower and a small block-rivaling 346 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are offered with a choice between a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Two- and four-wheel drive models will be offered.
But in a departure from its truck roots, the new Trailblazer features an independent rear suspension, a feature typically found in more upscale SUV models, with coil springs all around.
Inside, the Trailblazer features a "flexible and intuitive" three-row interior with leather seating surfaces and an "authentic" third row, presumably meaning fit for adult occupancy. The second row features 60/40 split seats with single-latch forward gravity tumble, fold-flat capability and six-degree reclining. Even the third row offers a folding console armrest with storage. Also included is Bluetooth and USB connectivity. The driver and front passenger are protected with dual front airbags.
The Trailblazer will be offered in two trim levels -- LT and LTZ -- and will be produced at General Motors plant in Rayong, Thailand. Specifications and pricing details will be released at a later date.