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Is Chevy About To Bring Back Another Name From Its Past?

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If the Blazer and Trailblazer are any indications, we'd say yes.

Chevrolet confused the heck out of us last week when it revealed the 2021 Trailblazer. We were expecting a body-on-frame rival for the Toyota 4Runner, but we instead received a subcompact SUV to slot between the Trax and the Equinox. General Motors will also sell another version of the Trailblazer, which will be badged as the 2020 Buick Encore GX.

The Trailblazer was actually revealed to the Chinese market first alongside another nameplate from Chevy's past. And if its latest reveals are any indication, we wouldn't be surprised if that other old Chevy is set to make a return.

It's clear that Chevy is playing the nostalgia card with new models like the Blazer and Trailblazer, the latter of which was originally slated for the Chinese market only. Since the Trailblazer is making its way stateside, it could be an indication that the Tracker isn't far behind. You may remember the Tracker as the quirky SUV sold in the US from 1989 to 2004.

It was also sold as the Geo Tracker (before the company went bust) and the Suzuki Grand Vitara in a two-door, four-door, and convertible body styles. The Tracker was eventually phased out in other markets by the Trax, which makes us believe Chevy may be ready to bring back the nameplate and phase out the Trax in the process.

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We think the new Tracker that was revealed in China looks much better than the current Trax. As an added bonus, it includes two new Ecotec engine options, including a base 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder that makes 123 horsepower and 135 lb-ft of torque, which is then routed to a six-speed automatic or manual, and an optional 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder that makes 162 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a CVT. Chevy hasn't made any official announcement on whether the Tracker will be coming to the US, but based on the surprise arrival of the Trailblazer, we'll be optimistic with our bets