The new Chevrolet Trailblazer will come to America after all.
Earlier this year, we found out that General Motors planned to resurrect the Trailblazer nameplate after not having sold one in North America since 2009. Then we were surprised to find out that GM planned to unveil the Trailblazer at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show with a focus on selling in the Chinese market.
At the time, Chevy spokespeople were non-committal about the Trailblazer’s return to America. Now we finally have some official confirmation from Chevrolet that yes, the Trailblazer is coming home. It just might take a little while.
The Chevrolet Trailblazer will go on sale in early 2020 as a 2021 model. According to their press release, it will be positioned about the Trax and Equinox as a compact crossover, but sit below the Blazer. It’ll also have a performance RS trim and a two-tone roof like the Toyota C-HR.
For some reason, Chevy seems to think that a two-tone roof "allows drivers to purchase a vehicle that reflects their lifestyle." We’re not sure what sort of lifestyle is represented by a car whose roof doesn’t match the rest of it. Perhaps one where the driver doesn’t wear matching socks?
We weren’t given any stats to go on, but we were told that the Trailblazer will come with a bunch of standard safety features like front pedestrian braking, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping, and lane departure warning. It’ll also have available adaptive cruise control, rear park assist, and an HD rearview camera.
If we were going to guess, we’d put the RS trim with the Equinox’s 2.0-L turbo 4-cylinder for 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. We might see the 3.6-L V6 from the Blazer if we’re really lucky, but on a compact crossover, it seems like a tight fit.
Pricing and specs to will be divulged at a later date, so stay tuned.