Last week Chevrolet Philippines, or distributor The Covenant Car Company, Inc. (TCCCI), sent word that they are launching a new vehicle: the Trailblazer.
The vehicle isn't a successor to the Trailblazer that propelled the brand to new heights given the popularity of PPVs in our market. Instead, it's a crossover and a much smaller one at that. This is part of Chevrolet's transformation in the Philippine market following the sale of the General Motors plant in Thailand; that spelled the end of the Colorado pick-up and the Trailblazer that became the top seller for the brand in the Philippines.
But shortly after we published our article last week, we received an unusual confirmation. And it's about where the vehicle will come from.
We had guessed that the all-new Chevrolet Trailblazer will come from China because a lot of new small crossover models now being offered in the Philippine market do come from there. TCCCI is the same group behind MG in the Philippines and they source their models from SAIC Motor which owns MG. And guess who GM's major partner is in China: SAIC. That's why the Chevrolet Tracker that TCCCI only recently launched in the Philippine market is also a SAIC-GM product, and they also build the Trailblazer there.
That, however, won't be the case for the Trailblazer: TCCCI got in touch with us and confirmed that this new crossover will not be from SAIC-GM, but will be a GM Korea product.
In this part of the world, the last remaining production facilities of General Motors is located in South Korea, and that's where our 2022 Trailblazer will come from. They actually also export that same Trailblazer to the North American market.
SAIC-GM and GM Korea are the only two manufacturing locations for this Trailblazer, but the models have some very small differences as the Korean model is a bit longer and a bit wider. We have no confirmation on specifications yet, but we are expecting the 1.3-liter turbo with 156 PS and the 9-speed automatic. It's also possible that Chevrolet might not offer the all-wheel drive version given the preferences of the market, but we'll find out soon enough.
The key to the success of this model will be the features it has, especially given the aggressive competition in the market. This will be larger than the Chevrolet Tracker, so we expect pricing that is more along the lines of a Toyota Corolla Cross or a Ford Territory.
What we do know with a high likelihood is that the SRP will end in 888.