Chevrolet unveils new midsize TrailBlazer SUV

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Recently unveiled at the Dubai International Motor Show, Chevrolet's next-generation TrailBlazer midsize sport utility vehicle is scheduled to go on sale around the world next year.

Chevrolet's new seven-seat TrailBlazer was developed alongside the new Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck by GM do Brasil. It shares the same vehicle architecture as the Colorado with a chassis tuned to deliver off-road prowess and a refined driving experience in the city.

The Trailblazer on display in Dubai was outfitted with an all-wheel-drive system and a 2.8-litre Duramax turbo-diesel engine. The turbo-diesel unit features a nifty variable-geometry turbocharger which is claimed to deliver an optimal combination of fuel economy and performance.

GM's South America Design Center in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil, is credited with the TrailBlazer's brawny, muscular design. Notable exterior features include dual projector headlights, a dual-port grille with three-dimensional grille mesh, plus LED front and rear fog lights. The TrailBlazer sits up high on six-spoke, polished and painted 20-inch aluminum wheels with Cooper Zeon LTZ tires that contribute nicely to the tough looking body.

Inside, the TrailBlazer features twin ceiling-mounted entertainment screens, two-tone seats and a combination of wood and chrome trim. The TrailBlazer offers three-row seating for seven, with seats that tumble and fold flat. "We made the seating both flexible and intuitive. There's no need to pull out the owner's manual to figure out how to configure the seats," said Matt Noone, director of design for GM do Brasil. "The third row in this SUV isn't an afterthought. It's an authentic third row where people can sit comfortably for long trips."

Although it is expected to arrive in worldwide markets in early 2012, it was unclear at press time whether the the new TrailBlazer will be offered for sale in Canada or the U.S, where body-on-frame SUVs have largely been supplanted by unibody crossovers. Counting in the TrailBlazer's favor is the fact that the Colorado truck on which it is based will be sold in North America. If the TrailBlazer does make a Canadian appearance, its bold, handsome exterior and fresh, modern interior should help it provide some major competition in the midsize SUV market, especially for those needing to tow heavy loads.

"TrailBlazer does it all." said Brad Merkel, GM's global vehicle line executive for midsize trucks and SUVs. "You can tow anything, go anywhere, comfortably seat seven people, and do so with the fuel efficiency associated with a smaller, less capable vehicle. It's the complete package."

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Topics: SUV, Chevrolet, 2013, TrailBlazer, Midsize,

Organizations: Chevrolet

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