Chevrolet Revives Trailblazer Name For Colorado-Based Global SUV
The Chevrolet Trailblazer is dead; long live the Chevrolet TrailBlazer. After riding off into the sunset in 2009, the nameplate will be revived for use on a new global SUV based off the all-new Chevrolet Colorado.
Unlike the last TrailBlazer, which utilized a different platform than the Colorado, the new SUV will, in fact, share its ladder-frame underpinnings - and, it seems, most of its front sheetmetal -- with the new global pickup. Apart from the HUMMER H3, GM never crafted an SUV based off the current GMT 355-platform Colorado, although Isuzu did sell a seven-passenger SUV derived from the architecture in select Asian markets.
Details on the new SUV are limited, at best, but the shadowy rendering suggests the five-door SUV builds off the Colorado's already curvaceous form, adding tapered rear quarters and tail lamps that remind us of the Buick Enclave. GM notes the TrailBlazer is a "global" SUV: not only was engineering led by teams from GM's Brazilian operations, but the vehicle will be sold in several markets around the globe, including southeast Asia, South America, and the Middle East. In fact, the production version is expected to make its first public debut at the Dubai motor show in November.
But North America? Although the Colorado has been confirmed for our market, officials aren't commenting on the TrailBlazer's potential for the U.S. market. Product planners are perhaps cautious about squeezing an SUV between the compact Equinox and the large Traverse crossovers, as doing so could potentially affect sales of both nameplates.
You tell us: while other automakers are moving away from midsize, body-on-frame SUVs, should Chevy consider bringing one to our market? Send your thoughts and your best business case for the TrailBlazer to us by way of the comments section below.