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Old 11-09-2011, 03:43 PM   #1
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GM Reveals Global 2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

GM Reveals 2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
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November 10, 2011



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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 ****pit 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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Old 11-09-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
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Oooo, not bad! Definitely want to see pricing now...
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:53 PM   #4
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I definitely want to see confirmation for the NA market first...
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I definitely want to see confirmation for the NA market first...
oh, yes that is a must!!
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:54 PM   #6
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Dear GM:

Kill the Traverse and build this on Lambda? It'd fit in much better with the Arcadia and Enclave. Kthxbai.
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Kill the Traverse and build this on Lambda? It'd fit in much better with the Arcadia and Enclave. Kthxbai.
Acadia, you mean.

And Traverse prints money for GM. I doubt this would replace it.
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Trailblazer was pretty popular here in it's day, it just seems to make sense that the new one would release here as well...
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The GMT-360 platform was a case of the right product at the right time. Introduced at the height of the SUV craze with cheap gas.

Today's market is radically different. There is still a market for BOF midsize SUVs...but GM needs to execute it properly.
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Acadia, you mean.

And Traverse prints money for GM. I doubt this would replace it.
True, but how many more Acadia and Enclave are on the road? IMO the Traverse seems bland. To replace it with a nameplate like Trailblazer would probably bring back some lost sales when they axed the BOF vehicle in '07.

I just think that this could do a one two punch to the Durango/Grand Cherokee and Explorer at the same time. I live with one of those that hates the direction the big three have gone with Unibody utility vehicles. That and the price hike too.

One thing just popped into my head too; what was the justification for Orlando only being released in Canada and not the entirety of North America?
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True, but how many more Acadia and Enclave are on the road? IMO the Traverse seems bland. To replace it with a nameplate like Trailblazer would probably bring back some lost sales when they axed the BOF vehicle in '07.

I just think that this could do a one two punch to the Durango/Grand Cherokee and Explorer at the same time. I live with one of those that hates the direction the big three have gone with Unibody utility vehicles. That and the price hike too.

One thing just popped into my head too; what was the justification for Orlando only being released in Canada and not the entirety of North America?
Traverse is the top selling Lambda crossover. It has actually outsold the other two in good months.

Orlando was axed because the market for vehicles like it here in the US isn't too hot...and the fact that the Orlando is fairly mediocre...
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Kill the Traverse and build this on Lambda? It'd fit in much better with the Arcadia and Enclave. Kthxbai.
No, because the Blazer should never be a crossover. Its an SUV. Don't turn it into some FWD, unibody, thinly disguised minivan ... aka a 'crossover'

Besides, the Trailblazer would be much more similar to the Equinox in size than the Traverse, which is comparable to the Tahoe & Suburban
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No, because the Blazer should never be a crossover. Its an SUV. Don't turn it into some FWD, unibody, thinly disguised minivan ... aka a 'crossover'

Besides, the Trailblazer would be much more similar to the Equinox in size than the Traverse, which is comparable to the Tahoe & Suburban
My thoughts exactly on the Traverse. Glad it's doing well for GM, but it looks too much like a mini-van for my taste.
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