Chevrolet Revives Two Discontinued SUV Model Names

2019 Shanghai Auto Show

They're all set for a global debut in Shanghai.

General Motors is preparing a veritable onslaught of SUVs for the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show taking place later this month, among them the Chevy Tracker and Trailblazer.

Aside from releasing the names GM has kept the rest of the details under wraps save for stating that the Tracker and Trailblazer will adopt the company’s latest propulsion, intelligent connectivity and safety technologies.

To most Americans, the Trailblazer name died in 2009 when GM replaced it with the Traverse, but the nameplate has actually been used in a number of export markets where it has used the underpinnings from the Colorado truck.

We don’t know yet whether the Chinese market Trailblazer will follow suit but there have been rumors about the smaller Tracker’s specifications. It is thought to be longer and wider than the outgoing model and an extended wheelbase should liberate some interior space too.

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The powerplant is most likely to be a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder unit mated to a dual-clutch six-speed transmission. GM’s blurb says that "They will bring the joy of exploring life and pursuing passion to a new group of vehicle buyers in the brand’s second-largest market."

The important bit here is that this is GM’s second-biggest market after the US, and these new models are vital in taking advantage of the expanding SUV segment in China where they will be joining the Equinox SUV in the lineup. Full details of both vehicles will be revealed on April 16 when they are officially unveiled by Chevrolet at the Shanghai Auto Show.

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