As we address this, General Motors offers two absolutely altered cartage beneath the Chevy Trailblazer nameplate. The aboriginal is a unibody auto crossover positioned aloft the Trax. The additional is a body-on-frame midsize SUV that’s a accessory to the international-market Chevy Colorado. And based on rumblings heard by GM Authority, the body-on-frame archetypal will acceptable not get a abutting bearing already the accepted one alcove the end of its lifecycle.
Before we get into the details, let’s aboriginal booty a few accomplish aback to accept how we got here. The Chevy Trailblazer SUV launched in assorted all-embracing markets for the 2012 archetypal year. It rides on the actual aboriginal abundance of the GM 31XX belvedere aggregate with the international-market Chevy Colorado, which is additionally awash in some markets as the S10. The Trailblazer has been accessible in five- and seven-passenger configurations and has been offered with GM’s four-cylinder babyish Duramax turbo-diesel engines (the XLD25 and XLD28) as able-bodied as the 3.6L V6 LY7 gasoline motor.
Though this adaptation of the Trailblazer never fabricated its way to North American markets, GM has done a solid job of befitting the agent adapted throughout its lifecycle in those markets area it is available, via revised fascias and new features. In fact, the 2021 archetypal year will accompany yet addition refresh. But as the archetypal connected to get fresher, the bulk of markets area it’s accessible has connected to shrink.
Within a few years of actuality launched, the Chevy Trailblazer was awash in South Africa, Southeast Asia, Russia and South America. It was additionally fabricated accessible in Australia and New Zealand as the Holden Colorado 7, with the 7 apery its seven-passenger basement capacity, afore actuality rechristened as the Holden Trailblazer. Incidentally, GM has aloof from all but one of these markets over the the accomplished decade, aboriginal affairs out of Russia, followed by South Africa, Southeast Asia, and – best afresh – Australia.
GM charcoal a big amateur in South America, area it is one of the acknowledged auto brands, including Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. To that end, South America is additionally the alone actual bazaar area GM sells and produces the Chevy Trailblazer SUV. However, the agent ability not accept abundant of a approaching there, as sources acquaint GMA that The General’s artefact planners are because not replacing the Trailblazer.
A brief attending at the Chevrolet agenda in South America illustrates the acumen abaft the thinking: the Trailblazer is about the aforementioned admeasurement as the new-for-2019 Blazer crossover, and both models are offered at about identical prices.
So back the accepted Trailblazer, now produced alone at the GM São José dos Campos bulb in Brazil, alcove the end of its lifecycle, the agent could be alone entirely, with the Chevy Blazer midsize crossover demography its place. The GM Rayong bulb – the added ability area the Chevy Trailblazer was ahead produced – was afresh awash to China’s Great Wall Motors as GM withdrew from Thailand.
As far as we know, the accepted Trailblazer was set to be dusk about the 2023 agenda year, admitting it’s accessible that this timeframe will be continued accomplished that, and that the accepted archetypal will abide on sale, after a next-gen successor.
The accident ability accept been absolutely altered had GM fabricated the Trailblazer accessible in North America, area it would accept a absolute battling to the Toyota 4Runner and an aberrant adversary to the Jeep Wrangler, all-new Ford Bronco, and now-discontinued Toyota FJ Cruiser. In fact, GM planned a Wrangler and Bronco battling to be based on an all-new architecture, but afresh afflicted advance by cancelling assignment on a new belvedere that would accept underpinned such a model.
This new, unreleased architectonics was accepted as GM 32XX afore its cancellation, would accept additionally underpinned the next-generation Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon. Now, the two auto trucks will be redesigned aloft an upgraded adaptation of the accepted 31XX belvedere that will be alleged 31XX-2; they are accepted to barrage for the 2023 archetypal year.
Meanwhile, the Chevy Trailblazer crossover – which aloof launched in North America, China, and Korea over the accomplished 12 months – will backpack the Trailblazer name activity forward. The agent is seeing actual solid levels of appeal in all markets area it’s available, and is outperforming sales expectations in the United States.
Update: Chevrolet’s Rita Kass-Shamoun has provided the afterward statement:
“The SUV articulation is the fastest growing in South America and the Trailblazer is a cardinal artefact for the company’s approaching business in the region.”
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