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don't call it déjà vu: chevrolet has revived another nameplate that used to belong to a truck-based suv as a car-based crossover ... with a name ending in "lazer." first the blazer came back not as a tough, go-anywhere tank but as "the camaro" of midsize two-row suvs. chevy has now unveiled the new u.s.-bound 2021 chevrolet trailblazer, and it follows the same model.
some chevy faithful were holding out hope that, since chevy currently has a midsize truck platform in the colorado, the new trailblazer would hew to its namesake, which was built on a midsize truck platform from 2001 to 2008. in fact, chevy never stopped selling a truck-based trailblazer, just not in the u.s.
for some, it will come as a disappointment to find that another "lazer" will arrive as a slightly lifted alternative to a hatchback. but even though chevy's top domestic competitor ford is bringing a small truck-based suv to market with the revived bronco, sticking to the crossover market makes a certain amount of sense. crossovers drive like cars, get better gas mileage, and offer better packaging for the kind of cargo arrangements shoppers want. and after discontinuing most of its actual cars, chevy needs vehicles to fill those car-shaped holes.
so let's shed a communal tear for our dreams of a bronco competitor, and move on.
we may be getting our first look at the u.s.-bound trailblazer, but this model was actually originally shown last year at the shanghai auto show. what we have now is essentially confirmation that that model will be the u.s. trailblazer as well.
it's certainly a good-looking vehicle, but beyond that we don't have too many details. the trailblazer will slot in between the subcompact trax and slightly-larger-than-compact equinox in chevy's lineup, offering an intermediate amount of cargo and passenger space. the 2021 trailblazer will come standard with lane keeping assist ant automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. adaptive cruise, rear parking sensors, and a high-def backup camera will be available as options.
chevy has also promised an rs trim with a two-tone paint job. there's no word yet on powertrains or other features, but it's probably a safe bet to assume chevrolet infotainment 3 and all its useful features, including smartphone integration, will make an appearance.
chevy is saying the new trailblazer will hit u.s. dealer lots some time in early 2020. pricing has yet to be announced, but expect starting prices to come in between the trax and the equinox, around the $23,000 mark.
we're excited to get our hands on the sharp-looking new trailblazer, as chevy's small suv lineup could certainly use an infusion of personality. stay tuned to edmunds for all the news about the 2021 chevrolet trailblazer.