Earlier this year, Chevrolet revealed the redesigned Trailblazer concept at the International Motor Show in Bangkok, Thailand, while also making its production debut in Brazil this past May. The Trailblazer Premier got a refreshed exterior, mirroring the Chevy lineup’s latest style and looks, similar to the style of Chevy’s current domestic SUVs.
So does that mean it could come back to the states?
Answer: We don’t know… yet…
But here’s the case for the speculation.
Before GM brought the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon back last year, GM was coy about selling a midsize pickup in the United States. Now that the Colorado and Canyon have been doing great in regards to sales, and SUVs are taking over the market again, the Trailblazer could possibly make its return. After all, the new Trailblazer won’t need a new frame as it is already based on the Colorado’s frame… unlike the unibody frame currently used for the Equinox and Traverse crossovers.
For now, GM’s product chief, Mark Ruess, says that truck-based midsize SUVs are a tough sell in the U.S. because they don’t add much on-road towing capability and get worse fuel economy than crossovers.
But that doesn’t mean they won’t try!
So what’s under the hood of the International 2017 Trailblazer?
The Thai-Spec Trailblazers are powered by a 2.5 liter Duramax turbodiesel while Brazil gets the 2.8 liter Duramax, which is found in the local market’s models. That engine produces 200 PS and 500 Nm of torque which Chevrolet claims is the segment’s best. As for the Philippines, they will be getting the uprated 2.5 liter turbodiesel or retain the 2.8 liter Duramax.