In case you missed it, General Motors has pulled out a large chunk of their presence in the Southeast Asian markets. The Thailand assembly lines have closed, effectively killing off the Trailblazer and Colorado in the region. However, it's not the end of those two models because they're still alive and kicking in a different part of the world.
This now begs the question: what does the future hold for these two Chevrolet models?
Well, General Motors (GM) is proving that there's still life left in these vehicles by unveiling the updated 2021 Colorado and Trailblazer. It's not just a nip and tuck either as Chevrolet claims there are tech and engine upgrades as well. But before we dive into that, let's take a look at the exterior changes.
From the base model to the LTZ, Colorado pick-ups get new and more angular front bumper. The foglight housings have been squared off while the updated grille sports wide honeycomb patterns instead of slats. Also, the bar that splits the grille now features a black strip instead of a body-colored piece. The range-topping High Country Storm, however, gets a more unique and distinguishable exterior over the standard models.
The High Country takes cues from the (much) larger Silverado with a wider and more prominent grille. The entire piece is blacked-out, and the bar that splits the grille is set higher than other variants. Also, there's no “bowtie” badge on the bar like the ones you see in local showrooms. Instead, the width of the grille spells out Chevrolet, perhaps to remind everyone what's looming in their rear-view mirrors. The High Country also has a unique set of alloy wheels, also blacked out to fit the theme of this variant.
As for the Trailblazer, all variants get the High Country look meaning it has the high-set split grille, blacked-out trim pieces at the front, and those squared-off fog light housings. The Trailblazer also has brushed chrome effect side mirror caps and new alloy wheels options for 2021. There's extra cladding by the door sills, which likely serve as door edge protectors, but the rest of the body carries over largely unchanged.
On to tech and there's the latest version of the MyLink infotainment system. Its interface has been redesigned along with its software. The screen has also been made larger, now measuring in at 8-inches. Most of its features are still the same but the latest MyLink also includes 4G connectivity, navigation, and even wireless phone mirroring. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, just like before.
Now for the engine and it still uses the same 2.8-liter Duramax turbodiesel. Power is still rated at 200 PS and 500 Nm of torque. So what's new under the hood, you ask? The 2021 Trailblazer and Colorado now have new turbochargers and Chevrolet says the new unit minimizes turbo lag which helps in response and acceleration times. The 4x4 Colorado comes standard with a six-speed manual with the six-speed automatic being an option. However, the 4x4 Trailblazer only comes with a six-speed automatic.
It would be nice to see those updates in the Philippine-bound models. But with Thailand no longer making these models, will we ever see them? Here's the thing though, Chevrolet will remain in the Philippines. Back in February, GM Southeast Asia released a statement that they will remain committed to the Philippine market. The Covenant Car Company Inc. (TCCCI) will continue to be the American automaker's partner in the country. “(We )will continue working with partners at TCCCI to grow Chevrolet in the Philippines,” said Hector Villareal, president of General Motors Southeast Asia.
Having said that, what are the odds of the Brazil-made Trailblazer and Colorado coming here? We reckon there's a fair chance. If you remember the Chevrolet Spin, that MPV was a product of GM Brazil. Yes, the Philippine-spec Spin was made in Indonesia and it's rare for the Philippine market to get a car made in Latin America. One thing that could work against it is the trade deals in place, which could make these two models more expensive. TCCCI might also resort to getting pick-ups/SUVs via SAIC-GM from China that can be sold in the country.