China has indeed become one of the major markets for the global auto industry, and it comes as no surprise that automakers are using the major Chinese motor shows as a launchpad for their major models.
One of them is this: the Chevrolet Trailblazer.
Now you may be wondering why the Chevrolet Trailblazer they launched in China differs so massively from the one in the South East Asian market, and the main reason is that it's a crossover. What's more unusual is that this version of the Trailblazer appears to be a successor to the TrailBlazer that Chevrolet produced from 2001 to 2009, not the PPV that Chevrolet have been marketing in ASEAN.
Unless we miss our guess, this Trailblazer doesn't seem to be headed for our part of the world as the successor to the body-on-frame Trailblazer PPV from Chevy that has close ties to the engineering of the Colorado pick-up, as well as the Isuzu mu-X.
Nevertheless, 2020 Trailblazer crossover features a radical redesign over the previous generation (2001-2009) model, and now follows the brand’s current design language for crossovers and SUVs with a more muscular look. According to Chevy, the Trailblazer’s styling was mainly inspired by the FNR-Carry All Concept SUV.
The front end looks similar to the current-generation Camaro. It now features a two-tier headlight design with slim LED daytime-running lights and the headlight fixtures positioned on the bumper. Matte black cladding can be found all around, giving it a more rugged look. Red accents all around offer some contrast for the exterior. Black, stylish 17-inch wheels give the Trailblazer a sportier appeal.
Unfortunately, no photos of the Trailblazer’s rear end were shown just yet. But considering it was inspired by the FNR-Carry All, it is likely to have similar styling cues as the concept crossover. It's the same case for the vehicle’s interior as the Chevy has not released photos or even details of the cabin.
For now, we still don’t know what is under the hood of the all-new Trailblazer. For reference, the current Blazer being sold in the US is powered by either a 2.5-liter inline-four or a 3.6-liter V6 engine. Both engines are mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Considering the Trailblazer’s rugged look, expect it to be offered with four-wheel drive as well.
As mentioned above, the Chevrolet Trailblazer sold here looks a lot different as it is a body-on-frame SUV. That said, the model revealed in China is unlikely to be the replacement of the one sold locally. They could market this in ASEAN, but something tells us they might use a different name to avoid confusion.