Chevrolet unveiled a thinly-veiled concept version
of its latest-generation TrailBlazer SUV late last year but now the covers have come off the production version, which makes its official world debut on March 26 at the 2012 Bangkok Auto Show in Thailand.
Sadly, Chevrolet is yet to confirm if this new 2013 TrailBlazer will be offered in the U.S. though its pickup sibling, the 2013 Colorado
, is coming.
The Colorado pickup’s eventual arrival bodes well for the new TrailBlazer’s U.S. launch, though its rugged body-on-frame platform may not sit well with customers increasingly accustomed to more car-like unibody crossovers.
Despite this, it will be a shame if Chevrolet chooses not to bring over its new TrailBlazer as the vehicle has a lot going for it and could create its own niche. Inside, Chevy promises plenty of space and flexibility in use; third-row seating for up to seven is included, designed to be usable even for long trips. The second-row seats split 60/40 for more cargo space, while the third-row seats split 50/50, and when all are folded, they're flat, to create a uniform cargo floor.
Chevy also promises an upscale look and feel to the interior, with contrasting trim, optional wood and chrome accents, high-quality controls, and available features including dual-zone climate control, the latest infotainment, plus USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Available in two- and four-wheel drive configurations, the Trailblazer is powered by GM’s new four-cylinder Duramax turbodiesel engines that offer class-leading power and torque matched with efficiency and refinement. The engines, available in 2.5- and 2.8-liter sizes, incorporate a host of technologies aimed at delivering an optimal balance of power, performance and fuel economy.
The 2.8-liter engine is rated at 180 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque with an available six-speed automatic transmission (torque is limited to 324 pound-feet with the standard five-speed manual). The 2.5-liter engine is rated at 150 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
Additional powertrains for specific markets will be announced later.
In certain markets the new TrailBlazer will be labeled a Colorado 7.