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Chevrolet Trailblazer May Come to U.S. in 2014


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Just the Facts:
  • Chevrolet could expand its SUV lineup in the U.S. next year with the addition of a midsize model based on the Thai-built Trailblazer.
  • An industry source familiar with Chevrolet's product plans said a version of the Trailblazer SUV is expected go on sale in the U.S. in 2014.
  • Chevrolet officially says it has no plans to add another SUV/crossover to the portfolio.

DETROIT — General Motors' Chevrolet division could expand its SUV lineup in the U.S. next year with the addition of a midsize pickup truck-based model derived from the Thai-built Trailblazer.

The Trailblazer shares its global body-on-frame architecture with the midsize Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck. The Colorado, which was designed by General Motors do Brasil and jointly engineered with Japan's Isuzu, is slated to be built in the U.S. and introduced early next year as a 2015 model, along with a companion GMC Canyon.

"We have no plans to add another SUV/crossover to the portfolio," Chevrolet spokesman Mike Albano told Edmunds in an e-mail. "We are pleased with the way Equinox, Traverse and Tahoe/Suburban are performing in the marketplace."

But an industry source familiar with Chevrolet's product plans said a version of the Trailblazer SUV is expected to go on sale in the U.S. in 2014. It is not clear if the vehicle would be built in the U.S. or if it would retain the Trailblazer name.

The seven-passenger Trailblazer debuted at the 2012 Bangkok Auto Show and went on sale last year in a number of overseas markets, including Thailand, Brazil and the Philippines. GM has said it plans to sell the vehicle in 50 global markets, including the Middle East and Australia.

The Trailblazer is sold in rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations, with a choice of gasoline and diesel engines.

GM introduced the original TrailBlazer (with a capital B) in the U.S. in 2002 as a replacement for the S10 Blazer. The TrailBlazer was discontinued in the U.S. in 2009, replaced with the front-wheel-drive Traverse.

Last year, GM ended U.S. production of the previous-generation Colorado and Canyon pickup trucks.

Edmunds says: Does GM really need to revive a midsize body-on-frame SUV in the American market?

Comments

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    "Does GM really need to revive a midsize body-on-frame SUV in the American market?" Normally I would say no, as I have nothing but bad memories of those bouncy, creaky, brittle, unreliable, space-inefficient, fuel-inefficient compensation-mobiles, but there's no reason that a proper diesel engine and some actual refinement designed into the thing couldn't make it worthwhile. It would make sense for those who need to do some towing but don't want nor need a full-size truck or SUV.

  • reminder reminder Posts:

    GM does have plenty of choices in the SUV segment. I do know they sold a zillion Trailblazers over that seven-year stretch. I see plenty of them on the road. Sadly, the salt in my area takes a toll on the bodies. I can't see why they'd risk adding this to the mix. The traverse has been a popular vehicle, no sense in competing against yourself, unless you have to.

  • witnessx witnessx Posts:

    There is no reason to. It would hurt their CAFE numbers, plus BOF mid-size SUVS aren't selling very well (see: Toyota 4Runner).

  • robs249_ robs249_ Posts:

    Bring it without the third row. Traverse and Tahoe have that covered. This could be Grand Cherokee / 4runner / (maybe) Edge competition as Traverse is more Durango / Explorer / Highlander competition. Just make sure it has competitive gas mileage and a good interior.

  • pkabn26 pkabn26 Posts:

    Absolutely GM needs a new midsize SUV. The Equinox (which I own one) is too small for two kids, a dog and gear. The Traverse is too expensive and big...plus looks ungainly. The Tahoe and Suburban are outpriced for any midsize market. A new Trailblazer or K Blazer reasonably priced to compete with the Highlander, Explorer and other 3rd row midsize SUVs would be a welcomed relief. I will hold out on buying a new SUV for this to come out.

  • budgrant budgrant Posts:

    This is what I've been waiting for! I drove S10's for twenty years before buying a Trailblazer. The difference is amazing! Then, they quit making Trailblazers also. The Equinox is too small, and the Traverse is too long and doesn't fit my needs. I will definitely buy a 2014 TrailBlazer!

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