Chevrolet Plans Colorado-Based TrailBlazer SUV For Global Markets

Chevrolet hasn't used the TrailBlazer name since 2009, but beginning in early 2012, the nameplate will appear on a new global SUV based off the all-new 2012 Colorado pickup.

Unlike the last TrailBlazer, which utilized a different platform than the Colorado, the new SUV will, in fact, share its ladder-frame underpinnings - and, it seems, most of its front sheetmetal - with the new global pickup. Apart from the Hummer H3, GM never crafted an SUV based off the current GMT 355-platform Colorado, although Isuzu did sell a seven-passenger SUV derived from the architecture in select Asian markets.

Details on the new SUV are limited, at best, but the shadowy rendering suggests the five-door SUV builds off the Colorado's already curvaceous form, adding tapered rear quarters and tail lamps that remind us of the Buick Enclave. GM notes the TrailBlazer is a "global" SUV: not only was engineering led by teams from GM's Brazilian operations, but the vehicle will be sold in several markets around the globe, including southeast Asia, South America, and the Middle East. In fact, the production version is expected to make its first public debut at the Dubai motor show in November.

But North America? Although the Colorado has been confirmed for our market, officials aren't commenting on the TrailBlazer's potential for the U.S. market. Product planners are perhaps cautious about squeezing an SUV between the compact Equinox and the large Traverse crossovers, as doing so could potentially affect sales of both nameplates.

You tell us: while other automakers are moving away from midsize, body-on-frame SUVs, should Chevy consider bringing one to our market? Send your thoughts and your best business case for the TrailBlazer to us by way of the comments section below.

Source: GM

I would love to have another trailblazer, i have a 06 SS right now but with over 100K im looking for a new one. The Traverse is two big for what i need since its only my wife and dog that ride with me. The Equinox doesnt have enough cargo room for when i go camping. PLEASE bring back the Trailblazer
My wife and I have owned three Chevy Trailblazers. They were her daily drivers and she just loved them. She would still be driving her 2003 had I not totaled it. It had 103k miles on it. The Equinox is too small and the Traverse is too big(will not fit in our garage and we don't need 8 passenger seating). The mid-size Trailblazer was just the right size. My wife would be more than excited to hear that Chevy is going to build the Trailblazer again, so bring it on. We'd buy one in a heart beat.
Toyota has figured out how to sell a RAV4, Highlander, 4Runner, Sequia and Land Cruiser!! So I don't understand how GM hasn't figured it out. The Equinox is too small, the Traverse is too LARGE - Let's hope they can 'right-size' the Trailblazer. Plus, a true SUV, with low gear 4x4, would be great to someone who doesn't want to buy a Toy.

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