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Chevrolet Trailblazer to return to US - 2 sizes smaller

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The Bowtie hasn't gone into specifics yet, so we aren't sure how large or small the Trailblazer is compared to the subcompact Trax we already have, and what its arrival means for the Trax. The Trax rides on GM's Gamma II platform, while the Trailblazer utilizes the automaker's new, modular VSS-S architecture. As far back as two years ago, GM said it wanted to add another crossover to the Chevrolet lineup. GM Authority believes the Trailblazer will replace the Trax outright later this year, while Motor Trend reports the Trailblazer could slot in to the lineup between the Trax and the Equinox, perhaps as a more rugged or upscale entry in the same class.

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Why wouldn't they have just called Blazer "Trailblazer" ?  At least it would've been closer to what the last Trailblazer was.

Calling a model below Equinox Trailblazer doesn't make sense.  But I guess it is GM...

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Could've been built at Lordstown if GM wasn't so quick to off-load that plant. 

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The name is going to piss off what ever purest are out there that the name should be used on a BOF SUV.

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It's dumb on so many levels. 

"Trailblazer" spent 3 years as a trim level of the Blazer, then the nameplate was used on the Blazer's GM360-based replacement midsize SUV, which itself was replaced by the Traverse. Now the Blazer nameplate has been resurrected and slapped on a FWD, overpriced midsized crossover, and the Trailblazer name will come back and slot *under* this. 

So the lineup is likely to be:

Trax / Trailblazer / Equinox / Blazer / Traverse

Lord Jesus. All the facepalms. 

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That's a strange article... GM released the size of Trailblazer already. It is a short-C utility - roughly same size as Jeep Compass, Nissan Rogue Sport, and Subaru XV Crosstrek.

Here are the dimensions L x W x H // WB

  • Trax (current model): 4,248 mm x 1,766 x 1,674 // 2,555
  • Tracker (replacing Trax in China): 4,270mm x 1,791 x 1,602 // 2,570
  • Trailblazer: 4,411mm x 1,808 x 1,633 // 2,640
  • Equinox: 4,652mm x 1,843 x 1,661 // 2,757
  • Encore (current model): 4,280mm x 1,775 x 1,646 // 2,555
  • Encore (new model): 4,295mm x 1,798 x 1,616 // 2,570
  • Encore GX: 4,463mm x 1,813 x 1,642 // 2,640
  • Envision: 4,667mm x 1,804 x 1,659 // 2,750

 

So the Chevy line up looks this:

  • Subcompact/B-segment: Trax (name changed to Tracker in China but not sure about US)
  • Compact/C-short: Trailblazer
  • Compact/C-long: Euqinox
  • Midsize/D segment: Blazer
  • Large/E segment: Traverse

And the Buick line up looks like this:

  • Subcompact/B-segment: Encore
  • Compact/C-short:  Encore GX
  • Compact/C-long: Envision
  • Midsize/D segment: N/A but basically GMC Acadia Denali
  • Large/E segment: Enclave

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This isn't US bound, it's on GMs GEM platform (won't pass US crash standards). If it is color me shocked.

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Here is the Chevy Colorado based Trailblazer currently sold in Asia, Australia, South America, and South Africa. Size is 4900 mm long, 2132 mm wide, 2845 mm wheelbase.

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Edited by rperez817

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On 5/10/2019 at 10:19 PM, Fgts said:

This isn't US bound, it's on GMs GEM platform (won't pass US crash standards). If it is color me shocked.

GEM platform SUV is Baojun 530 / Chevy Captiva.

Tracker, Trailblazer, Encore, and Encore GX are using the new version of Gamma platform.

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I think they need Colorado BOF based Trailblazer to boost the offerings in the upper mid sized SUVs, I don't see the current Blazer doing much.....

Knowing GM, the Gamma based Trailblazer may be on the table, a better fit IMO than Trax...

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