This thing will smash the reborn Trailblazer crossover into dust.
The new Chevrolet Trailblazer has been in the news lately for all the right reasons. Demand remains high, especially for 1.3-liter powered models such as the sporty RS trim. The automaker also confirmed some recent safety improvements in order to earn an NHTSA five-star crash test rating. The subcompact crossover is destined to be a major player in the brand's present and future lineup. But it wasn't so long ago when the nameplate was attached to a very different vehicle.
The first generation Trailblazer SUV debuted in 2002 as a replacement for the Blazer. Not only was it significantly larger than today's Trailblazer, but it rode on a body-on-frame chassis, meaning it was rear-wheel-drive-based and boasted true off-roading capabilities. It could also accommodate a V8, a far departure from the current three-cylinder-powered model.
Along with the 5.3-liter V8, a 6.0-liter LS2 eight-cylinder - the same engine from the 2005-2007 C6 Corvette - came standard in the Trailblazer SS. Launched for 2006, this was the first time an SUV had the Super Sport badge and Chevy made sure it delivered the goods. Total output came to 395 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear or all four wheels. Engineers gave the Trailblazer SS a different exhaust than the Corvette, along with a taller manifold to better accommodate torque in a heavier body. For improved handling, the suspension was stiffened and lowered with a new air-leveling system at the rear.
Other features include unique bodywork, 20-inch polished wheels, and a power sunroof. Interior creature comforts are in abundance, including dual-zone automatic climate control, a Bose premium sound system, and heated and power-adjustable front seats.
The Trailblazer SS was a true muscle SUV for its time. We doubt that Chevy would turn today's Tahoe into a Dodge Durango Hellcat rival, though both aren't cheap even in base form. This one-owner, accident-free 2006 Trailblazer SS, however, could be an awesome bargain. It's currently up for auction on Bring A Trailer with only 28,000 miles on the clock.
Finished in Summit White with polished exhaust tips, tinted glass, and smoked taillight covers, the seller notes some minor corrosion on the inside of the driver-side rear door and some rust on underbody components. The rest of the SUV looks clean and the Ebony leather interior shows relatively minimal wear and tear. The highest bid is currently $10,000 and the auction will end on Monday, December 21.