The Blazer's big brother is back. But now it's the little brother.
It's been a few years now since the Chevy Trailblazer was tipped for a comeback in the United States. The nameplate hasn't been offered in the US market since 2009 but has gone on to great success in other parts of the world. So when spy shots emerged of a new Trailblazer undergoing testing, we had a feeling the SUV would finally make its return.
We weren't 100% correct, however, because the Trailblazer we will be getting in the US is very different from the large, body-on-frame model sold in other markets. Chevy will introduce the 2021 Trailblazer into its lineup in early 2020, where it will surprisingly slot between the Trax and Equinox, not above the Blazer as we anticipated.
Unlike the previous Trailblazer, which was replaced by the three-row Traverse, this new model will be much smaller. "The Trailblazer's great design enables more personalization," said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing. "Trailblazer is a continuation of the design language for Chevy's crossover family and extends our momentum into one of the industry's fastest-growing segments."
Like the smaller Blazer, the Trailblazer will be available with an RS trim level with a standard two-tone roof. Chevy only included one picture of the interior (located above), from which we can tell the Trailblazer does differ slightly from its larger siblings. The interior, unlike the Blazer, looks less like a clone of a Camaro, which seems like the right move.
Chevy says the Trailblazer will come standard with front pedestrian braking, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning. Optional extras include adaptive cruise control, rear park assist, and a high definition rear camera. We'll have to wait until closer to the car's 2020 release date to learn about what engine will sit under the hood or how much the Trailblazer will cost. General Motors also recently released Buick Encore GX, which will share a platform with the Trailblazer.
Those who were expecting a 4Runner-rivaling body-on-frame SUV will be disappointed because the Trailblazer will be based on GM's global small SUV platform. Chevy could have called this SUV anything else but decided to go with Trailblazer, which seems like an odd choice given its tame body styling. There are bound to be plenty of Trailblazer SS owners laughing hysterically at this new 2021 model.