Is this what GM should have built instead?
As if Chevrolet's new Blazer - a mid-size unibody crossover that shares absolutely nothing with its rugged, truck-based ancestors - wasn't controversial enough, GM did it again with its revival of the iconic Chevrolet Trailblazer. Like the Blazer, it's a unibody crossover with a front-drive-based drivetrain and very little off-road cred. This stands in stark contrast to what's been going on over at Ford, whose newly reborn Bronco is an honest-to-goodness off-road brawler underpinned by the Ford Ranger's sturdy ladder frame.
We think Chevrolet can do better. And apparently, so does YouTube's TheSketchMonkey, who took it upon himself to try and "fix" the all-new 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer in a new video.
Starting with an image of Chevy's actual 2021 Trailblazer, Marouane Bembli -a.k.a. "The Sketch Monkey" - reshapes the Trailblazer into a blockier, more rugged-looking utility, drawing upon the 1971 Blazer for inspiration. He ditches the 2021 model's downward-sloping roof and angled C-pillar, straightens out the hooked crease along the body sides, and reforms the grilles and headlights to make them more orthogonal.
To cap it off, Bembli sits his reimagined Trailblazer on a deeper, all-black wheel design and drops in a set of blocky off-road tires. The end result is undeniably more "Trailblazer" than Chevrolet's new sub-compact urban hatchback, and a compelling idea of what could have been had GM decided to take a more "Bronco" approach to reviving the nameplate.
Of course, there are plenty who like Chevy's new Trailblazer just fine, and the potential market for such a vehicle is undoubtedly a good deal larger than for a small, rugged body-on-frame SUV. That's especially true given the large number of global markets in which the Trailblazer will be sold, which include China and South Korea - markets that might not have quite the affinity for stocky off-roaders that the US has.
The new 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer is on sale now.