After ceasing production in 2009, the TrailBlazer SUV will be back for the 2013 model year, with Chevrolet debuting a concept version of the truck at the Dubai International Motor Show.
Chevy is promising the 7-seater will deliver crossover fuel efficiency, despite being a body-on-frame SUV, thanks in part to its new 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel 4-cylinder engine. Of note, GM claims the third row isn’t an afterthought, boasting the most third row legroom of any mid-size SUV, with tumble or fold-flat seats.
“The growing markets of the world want flexibility. That means power and capability combined with comfort and efficiency,” said Brad Merkel, GM’s global vehicle line executive for midsize trucks and SUVs. “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.”
Sharing its underpinnings with the new Colorado pickup, the TrailBlazer will be sold around the world, starting in Thailand in early 2012.
“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.”