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Revealed! 2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer Concept

By "black-knight" C&G Editor/Reporter

9th November, 2011

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Dinosaurs. Sabre-Toothed Tigers. Megalodons. Cheap V8-powered, mid-sized muscle coupes. Large, rear-drive Cadillacs. Truck-based mid-sized SUVs. These are all things that have wound up extinct or virtually endangered to the point of complete extinction.

But once in a rare while, sometimes a species can save itself and rise triumphantly from the point of sinking completely into the primordial ooze (organic, automotive, or otherwise). Out of the groups mentioned above, one may just do that.

Of course, I'm talking about truck-based mid-sized SUVs and one small, Bowtie-based faction of the species may be making a small comeback.

As we reported last month, the new Trailblazer reconnects with its old S10 Blazer roots and forsakes a unique platform this time, instead choosing to share it with the new Colorado. Nostalgic indeed. Powertrains are expected to be the same as what will be offered in the Colorado.

Previously, GM has stated there are no current plans to bring the new Trailblazer Stateside, which means it will only see duty in Asia and South America. However, there are rumblings it may eventually find its way here, if not in Chevrolet guise then as a GMC. However it gets here doesn't matter. What's important is that shows up to throw a big middle finger in the face of CAFE (and smug Prius driving women).

Here's the full press release from GM, with additional photos added.

Chevrolet’s All-New TrailBlazer SUV Breaks Cover in Dubai

DUBAI – Chevrolet’s toughest, most- refined midsize sport utility vehicle, the TrailBlazer, made its global debut today at the opening of the Dubai International Motor Show in the Middle East.

The robust seven-seat show vehicle previews Chevrolet’s latest SUV offering, which will be sold around the world, beginning with Thailand in early 2012.

The new-generation TrailBlazer combines the hauling and towing capability of a body-on-frame SUV with the ride comfort and efficiency of a crossover. Developed in tandem with the all-new Chevrolet Colorado pickup by GM do Brasil, it shares the same architecture as its truck sibling, with a chassis tuned to combine heavy-duty off-road capability with refined city driving.

The show vehicle features an all-wheel-drive system and is powered by GM’s new 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine, which features a variable-geometry turbocharger for an optimal combination of performance and fuel economy.

"It is a reflection of the importance of the Middle East market for General Motors that a vehicle as important as TrailBlazer is making its global debut at this show,” said GM Middle East Operations President and Managing Director John Stadwick. “Without question, the new TrailBlazer will be one of the biggest and toughest members of the Chevrolet family – the perfect vehicle to take on the Middle East’s competitive midsize SUV segment.

“Although this is a show vehicle, the overall design is faithful to the production version that will arrive in Chevrolet showrooms next year. TrailBlazer will be the ideal fit, not only for consumers in the Middle East, but in every place around the world where it will be sold.”

According to Brad Merkel, GM’s global vehicle line executive for midsize trucks and SUVs, TrailBlazer offers the strength, design, capability and refinement needed to compete with the world’s best off-road vehicles.

“The growing markets of the world want flexibility. That means power and capability combined with comfort and efficiency,” Merkel said. “TrailBlazer does it all. 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.”

Exterior Design – Sophisticated Muscle

TrailBlazer’s bold road presence was created by the GM South America Design Center in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil, and shares a number of design cues with its sister vehicle, the Chevrolet Colorado.

Exterior highlights include a “body in-wheels out” design that delivers high approach and departure angles. A dramatic power dome in the hood combined with a raised cowl gives the TrailBlazer a strong, purposeful appearance. Higher-mounted dual projector headlamps are positioned beneath the power dome, emphasizing the visual strength in the face of the vehicle.

Also prominent is the contemporary dual-port grille – an unmistakable Chevrolet cue – that carries a three-dimensional grille mesh. It is complemented by polished aluminium decor trims in the fascias, rockers, belt line, tailgate and roof rack. Tri-coat pearlescent white exterior paint and integrated LED front and rear fog lamps provide a premium appearance.

Additional exterior details include:

  • Highly detailed sheet metal work in the hood, door panels and rear quarters that blend layers of natural light for a rich, uncluttered, natural surface appearance;
  • Front and rear LED Chevrolet signature lighting housed within sculpted aluminum decorative bezels;
  • Custom dual-finish, painted and polished 20-inch aluminum wheels fitted with 20-inch Cooper Zeon LTZ tires;
  • Exterior mirror-mounted LED turn signals.

“TrailBlazer delivers a great combination of capabilities, from negotiating off-road trails to daily city driving, that we wanted to convey visually,” said Matt Noone, director of design for GM do Brasil. “There’s an obvious sense of muscle in the design, but at the same time a very sophisticated appearance in line with the world’s premium SUVs. From every angle, TrailBlazer looks agile and athletic, with a refined finish that makes it a vehicle our customers will aspire to own.”

Interior – Spacious, Refined and Flexible

Signature Chevrolet cues continue inside, conveying spaciousness, flexibility and an upscale appearance in all control interfaces.

With a flowing instrument panel, integrated center stack, and signature Chevrolet dual cockpit design, the interior of the all-new TrailBlazer combines car-like characteristics with the boldness expected of a true SUV. The seven-passenger interior offers intuitive three-row tumble and/or fold-flat seat versatility and best-in-class spaciousness in the third row.

“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,” Noone said. “The third row in this SUV isn’t an afterthought. It’s an authentic third row where people can sit comfortably for long trips. Combine that with luxurious interior appointments and it is easy to see why TrailBlazer really is an all-purpose vehicle.”

Additional interior details include:

  • An overhead console that integrates the HVAC system with onboard infotainment;
  • Second row 60/40 split seats with single latch forward gravity tumble, fold-flat capability, and six-degree seat-back reclining along with integrated folding armrests with cup holders;
  • Third row 50/50 split seats with center console storage and fold-flat capability;
  • Flat floor storage from the front row rearward when all seats are folded flat, which is designed to provide extreme load capability;
  • Auxiliary power plug with USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

Contrasting trim used with the light-colored leather seating, mat dark wood trim accented with chrome, and dual-grained surfaces used on the upper and lower IP provide a premium feel. A number of storage compartments are located throughout the interior, including a covered center bin for concealment of valuable items, and a large, dual glovebox.

Other features include a dual-zone, digital climate control system and the latest in infotainment technology.

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That's VERY production-ready. As I said in the other thread, it looks good! Proportions are spot-on, the front styling is masculine enough without being "angry"-looking...and the lines are just soft-enough that I think women would like it, too. Rear styling looks pretty strong, too, though I prefer the passenger's-side taillight design better than the driver's-side taillight (could that be more incongruous of a chop?). I really like the hatch design, integrated wiper, and the amount of visibility that it appears to have. D-pillar, however, looks massive.

I LOVE the style of the interior, but in the chop the materials look cheap. Obviously that's the reflection effect of the chop. Here's hoping GM shows off a current-generation interior, not a last-generation interior with too much hard plastic. That was the downfall of the GMT-360s and the GMT-355s.

This needs to be built and sold in North America. With all of the hybrid technologies GM is working on, CAFE shouldn't be an issue.

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This thing is HOT. I love it, even the Saturn Outlook-inspired blue and tan interior colour combo. Appears to be a manual shift quadrant on the shift knob... shirley that will not make it here.

As for the bodystyle, it is unique and not derivative as so many crossovers are today, with that tired, triangular quarter window that even the new Escape is adopting. This Trailblazer has its own style.

This is a chance for Chevrolet to redeem itself in the eyes of thousands of old-skool, hardcore Chevy fans who miss the feeling of a truly authentic, genuinely strong truck beneath them. With the baby Duramax and gas V6 as engine choices, they'd have a real running chance at making the truck-based SUV class the standard by which others are judged once again.

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I'm not feeling it. Window shapes look as random as someone cutting airholes in a cardboard box with a sawzall. Rear window treatment looks like it came from a different trucklet. Under front bumper taking cues from the Genesis coupe. Rear panel top to bottom... Bling taillights then a big expanse of boring and bling under bumper treatment. Throw in a bunch of random GM's old hat style cliches, like the quasi-clamsheel hood and the lower door panel indent. Aside from the exhaust outlets mirroring the underbumper sorner grills, there is no stylistic unity.

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Buick-esque to reach the Chinese market, maybe?

I agree with ocnblu, I LOVE IT!! I can't wait to see how GMC styles their version. I think this looks way better than the Colorado pickup, and I'm the type that almost always likes the pickup version over the SUV version any day.

Can't wait to see more of this awesome looking SUV :smilewide:

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Yes it is a Duramax 2.8L with 5 speed manual transmission. That would be a good combo.

It gives me a M Klasse vibe looking aft the C pillar.

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I predict some of the bling will be excised from any production version, including those Christmasy taillights. Diesel... manual... WOW.

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Even wiithout the showcar blig, this thing is gorgeous. Hopefully GM wises up soon, and has it in dealers alongside the new Colorado.

Where does the Trailbazer fit in the Chevy SUV pecking order? It's obviously bigger than an Equinox, but is it Traverse big? Will it do three rows? If it's anything close in size to the Traverse, I'd just off the Traverse and bring it back as a minivan or something.

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pretty good concept. i do tend to agree the side windows are not very Chevy. However, most of the bodywork is pretty good.

The interior looks a bit bland, unfinished, not all very typical chevy controls for here, and lacks any pop that say for example, the Equinox has inside.

The construction of the Trailblazer is so etched in people's minds that I think this maybe is a little too Miller Select in terms of downsizing the beef.

Which may be why this is not slated for the US.

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I really approve of it.

Interesting thing I noticed in the photos, though: the upper door panels remind me quite a bit of the Opel/Saturn Astra and some of the radio switchgear appears to be Black-tie derived.

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Jeep sales are up substantially this year, proof that people still appreciate a true SUV when it's done right. There is a market for this in the USA. It would be a crime NOT to sell it here.

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Oh they will sell it here. JUSt as the Cruze and Colorado they will play the can't have it here game and then anounce it will be built in a plant here.

Jeep sales are up because it has 4 doors and t cheaper than most other SUV's Different styling helps too. what would you buy a boring exscape of a Jeep.

If they bring this is there a real need for the Traverse anymore. You have the Tahoe and you will have this. The Traverse really does not help in the MPG department and is not price much less than the Tahoe.

I do approve of the styling so far and I think it should answer the Explorer well.

I just will be happy for this and the Colorado to have a proper quality interior.

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Hyperv6,

Yes there is a need for the Traverse. Remember that the Lambda platform replaced the U-body minivans, not the GMT-360s. There will still be a need for that Traverse, even though I think that Traverse buyers should consider the Enclave in its place.

There is room for both. For the most part, I like this new Trailblazer concept. A real truck-based SUV that can tow and haul more than a Traverse without the Tahoe price tag is a good thing.

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Gamma II/Delta II CUV (planned), Equinox CUV (smaller version next redesign), TrailBlazer SUV (BOF), Traverse CUV, and Tahoe/Suburban SUVs (BOF) ---> seems like a well-thoughtout lineup of people movers to me.

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I gotta admit that I'm smitten by this TrailBlazer SUV. I'm still waiting for GMC's version of the Colorado pickup, and now the thought of an Envoy reintroduction just has me going :breakdance::mind-blowing: My plan for 2015/2016 was to keep the Envoy as the family hauler and add either the Canyon-replacement pickup or a Sierra pickup (regular cab)... but with these new SUVs possibly being offered for sale in the States, I may have to rethink that plan.

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