Chevrolet Colorado Xtreme, Trailblazer Premiere Debut in Thailand
Could Updates Preview U.S. Market Changes?
The new Chevrolet Colorado midsize truck has proven to be a big hit for General Motors. However, the Colorado has been on sale in overseas markets since 2011. The Trailblazer nameplate hasn’t been seen in the U.S. market since 2009, but it’s been a staple of GM’s Southeast Asian lineup since 2012. At the Bangkok International Motor Show, Chevrolet showed two concepts that it says offer a “strong hint about Chevrolet’s future design direction,” the Colorado Xtreme and Trailblazer Premier.
The Colorado Xtreme revives a trim used on the first-generation U.S. market model to designate a sporty street truck styling package. The Thai Xtreme, on the other hand, goes completely in the opposite direction with an airbox snorkel, front off-road bumper with integrated skidplate, roof rack, 18-inch beadlock-look alloy wheels, rear “safari” bar, and contrasting tailgate “Chevrolet” block lettering. For the hard-core off-roaders, an inclinometer is included among the updates.
For those with a more family minded orientation, the Trailblazer Premiere features updated upholstery and trim detail to give a more premium feel, including hand-selected Australian wood trim. Both models preview a new front fascia that brings the front styling more in line with the U.S.-spec Colorado. The LED driving lights on the two models could preview changes coming to the U.S. model soon. While the U.S. market may not be getting the Xtreme, we recently caught what appeared to be a production-bound Colorado ZR2 off-road model testing, so it’s likely we’ll see a more serious off-road effort than the Trail Boss package.