After a four-year absence, the Chevy TrailBlazer, a midsize SUV model, returns for 2013. GM unveiled the next-generation TrailBlazer at the Dubai International Motor Show in November 2011. The model will go on sale in early 2012.
The 2013 TrailBlazer has seating for seven, which is two more than when the model departed after the 2009 model year. The model shares its platform with the new global Chevrolet Colorado pickup. The new TrailBlazer will have a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel engine when it debuts.
Serious Off-Road Capability
The Chevy TrailBlazer has a stylish, bold design. The model was designed at GM’s South American Design Center in Brazil. However, because the TrailBlazer shares a pickup platform, it is not a crossover making it a bit of a throwback with great off-road capability.
The model comes standard with 20-inch aluminum wheels and will have high approach and departure angles. GM says its chassis is tuned to combine heavy-duty off-road capability with refined city driving.
The 2013 TrailBlazer features Chevy’s contemporary dual-port grille with a three-dimensional grille mesh. It also has integrated LED front and rear fog lamps, and exterior mirror-mounted LED turn signals, to give the model a premium appearance. The TrailBlazer also has beveled polished aluminum decor trims in the tailgate, roof rack, belt line, rockers, and fascias.
The model conveys utility, passenger space, and ruggedness with an upscale appearance. The TrailBlazer has the flexibility and capability to take an owner fording small streams on the weekends while commuting comfortable and in style during the workweek.
Features and Seating
The 2013 TrailBlazer features USB, Bluetooth, a dual-zone digital climate control system, and the latest infotainment system. The model also features mat dark wood trim accented with chrome, dual-grained surfaced used on the upper and lower interior panel, and leather seating.
The TrailBlazer is not an SUV that has a hardly usable rear seat. Chevy says it has best-in-class spaciousness in the third row making it a true 7-seater. The model has also fold flat versatility and intuitive three-row tumble seats that are easy to configure.
First Appearing in Thailand
Debuting the show model in Dubai shows how much GM is focusing on foreign markets. The 2013 TrailBlazer will be a global vehicle with sales first starting in Thailand.
With gas being so expensive in many parts of the world, the TrailBlazer’s diesel engine should help its fuel economy to better compete against its 7-seat midsize crossover competitors. It should also give the model stout towing and hauling capability. It will be interesting to see how the TrailBlazer fares in the marketplace.