Chevrolet hasn’t used the TrailBlazer name since 2009, but beginning in early 2012, the nameplate will appear on a new global SUV based off the all-new 2012 Colorado pickup.
Unlike the last TrailBlazer, which utilized a different platform than the Colorado, the new SUV will, in fact, share its ladder-frame underpinnings – and, it seems, most of its front sheetmetal – with the new global pickup. Apart from the Hummer H3, GM never crafted an SUV based off the current GMT 355-platform Colorado, although Isuzu did sell a seven-passenger SUV derived from the architecture in select Asian markets.
Details on the new SUV are limited, at best, but the shadowy rendering suggests the five-door SUV builds off the Colorado’s already curvaceous form, adding tapered rear quarters and tail lamps that remind us of the Buick Enclave. GM notes the TrailBlazer is a “global” SUV: not only was engineering led by teams from GM’s Brazilian operations, but the vehicle will be sold in several markets around the globe, including southeast Asia, South America, and the Middle East. In fact, the production version is expected to make its first public debut at the Dubai motor show in November.
But North America? Although the Colorado has been confirmed for our market, officials aren’t commenting on the TrailBlazer’s potential for the U.S. market. Product planners are perhaps cautious about squeezing an SUV between the compact Equinox and the large Traverse crossovers, as doing so could potentially affect sales of both nameplates.
You tell us: while other automakers are moving away from midsize, body-on-frame SUVs, should Chevy consider bringing one to our market? Send your thoughts and your best business case for the TrailBlazer to us by way of the comments section below.