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 |  Mar 21 2012, 1:32 PM

The all new 2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer was released today at a special event in Bangkok, Thailand preceding its auto show debut at the 2012 Bangkok Motor Show.

The new Trailblazer shares its platform with the re-designed Chevy Colorado, and shares much the same look as the new Colorado. Using the underpinnings from a truck, the Trailblazer is marketed as a capable off road vehicle as well as a passenger hauler with seating for seven.

Under the hood, the Trailblazer will receive two choices sourced from GM’s family of Duramax diesels. The larger option, a 2.8L turbocharged four cylinder will deliver 180 hp and 346 lb.-ft. of torque to the Trailblazer, and the smaller option, a 2.5L four cylinder will put out 150 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. A five speed manual will be available with both motors as well as a six-speed automatic. GM says that more engines will be announced for specific markets, and odds are we won’t be getting the diesels if the Trailblazer comes to America.

Independent rear suspension, two or four wheel drive and the use of coil springs throughout will help the Trailblazer achieve some of the off road prowess its looking for. “The Trailblazer will cater to a wide range of driving styles and requirements. It is car-like responsive and premium in its ride quality while offering the off-road capability that our customers demand. That makes it the complete SUV package,” said Brad Merkel, GM’s Global Vehicle Line Executive for Midsize Trucks and SUVs.

When asked about the Trailblazers designs on the U.S. market, GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson said, “There are currently no plans to introduce the Trailblazer here in the US. Customers here have moved from body-on-frame midsize SUVs to a broad variety of crossovers, and are well represented there with Traverse and Equinox.”

The Trailblazer will go on sale in Thailand and around the world in June of this year. But of course, not in America.

Do you want a Trailblazer? Let us know if you think this vehicle should come to the States in the comments section below.

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  • Carol

    Of course we want it to come to the U.S.! It’s only fair that we would get to try out the vehicle made by this American company. My sources at Diesel Power Products think the Trailblazer will come to the U.S., just not for a few years.

  • Dustin

    I LOVE the trailblazer. My dad, mother, and I all have trailblazer’s they are a great vehicle. We all hope to see the new trailblazer come to the US

  • Rob

    Not only should it come to the USA, it should come to Canada asap. I am replacing my 10 yr old, bought new, 2002 Chevy Trailblazer and am looking at a VW Toureg. Bring me this new Trailblazer now!

  • Michael J.

    Leave it to GM to blow an opportunity to sell its best looking SUV in one of the largest markets, that is the United States. The Traverse is a station wagon and the Equinox is a toy. The new Trailblazwe would huge success and give Grand Cherokee and Explorer heavy competition.

  • Scott

    This would be in a class by itself in the USA….seating for 7 without going to a massive Suburban or Expedition, off-road /towing utility, and diesel fuel economy. Why not bring it here? It’s a very logical next step from a mini-van as the kids outgrow their safety seats and strollers and become more active in the outdoors. Or it’s a great 2nd car for mini-van size familys (more than 2 kids).

  • kaye

    I’ve been looking at the audi q7 tdi diesel. too expensive. I need this chevy. please come US.

  • Chrissy

    Please, please bring it to the US! And Now! I drive a 2004 Trailblazer 4WD with almost 140,000 miles. I need to replace it soon. I’ve been looking at other automakers because I want this size and I have to have 4 WD. I commute in and out of snow up to 4 months a year. I love my Trailblazer, and we are an all Chevy family, please don’t let us down!

  • Peter Widmer

    Chevrolet should bring it to / manufacture it in the USA and sell it with the diesel engines – then they would have at least ONE REAL SUV on the market. I and I bet a lot of other customers would certainly purchase it, provided the build quality is there.

  • Zachary Thomas

    YES IT SHOULD COME. My mom has a 2002 Chevy Trailblazer EXT LT and it has been nothing but loyal to us, I’m hoping she will get the new Trailblazer and give me her old one.

  • Ernest Woodard

    Ny 2002 Envoy has 196K I want a new one.

  • Nolan_rm

    I sure would by it, especially if they keep the diesel in it

  • Grk_taz

    More reason why GM went bankrupt not bringing this truck to the US with $5/ gallon fuel

  • Joy

    Trailblazers are a hot item in the US. We have been waiting for you to bring them back so we can upgrade someday. Why would you not bring them to the US?  Makes absolutely no sense!! And foolish if you ask me.

  • NeedAnotherOne

    YES! YES! YES!! I want it back, pronto!!!!  I have a 2006 that I’m about to hand over to my almost 16 year old…and I WANT A NEW ONE FOR MYSELF !!!!!!!  But, that’s falling on deaf ears, and I am sad.  Very sad.  Moving to Thailand is not an option either.  Damn.

  • Kevinkops

    Bring it back to bring back the mid sized SUV in chevy. Something that can tow 8000 lbs and carry a family of 5. The trailblazers in used market are hot and we sure could use it in the new market as well. Diesel is something I think needs to come to chevy fast! I have customers waiting!

  • Kelly

    I have driven a trailblazer for the past 10 years and I loved it.  In January I bought the only option available in a chevy.  The Equinox and I hate it.  I loved the four wheel drive as opposed to the AWD, the trailblazer was wider and could hold far more than the Equinox, I loved the fact that you could open the window portion of the back hatch and not the whole hatch.  I could go on and on and on and on.  I upgraded the Equinox to the 6 cylinder and it still doesn’t have the pick up that the trailblazer did.  I would have purchased the trailblazer in a heartbeat over this Equinox.  I misssssssss my trailblazer!

  • Robert

    Since 1974 bad decisions and poor quality vehicles have plagued GM. In recent years GM cars have shown promise with smart designs and great quality. Why in the world would the new 2013 Trail Blazer not be sold in the US? The Equinox is an entirely different vehicle than the Trail Blazer. I am in the market for an American suv and will have to purchase a new Ford Escape.

  • Tommyhead1

    I have a 2002 Trailblazer with 170,000 miles on it. I have kept it longer than usual, as I like it so much. I would be in line for the purchase of a 2013, if it came to America, and had an adequate drivetrain option (Gas) available!!! 

  • Brett

    I agree with everyone here.  I am driving a 2001 chevy Blazer (the small S10 size) with 215,000 miles.  It is still runing great and the body is in good condition but I am looking at a replacemnt within a year.  Cheyy please bring this truck to America.  I really do not like the current crossover SUV’s that GM has out, they are too car like.  I was a truck style SUV without having to go all the way out to the Full size Tahoe and pay $45,000 to $50,000.

  • Jamie

    It needs to come to the US!! We have a 2003 Trailblazer and will be looking to replace it soon! The Traverse is nice but it is a sporty looking “mini-van”, and the Equinox is too small to tow anything! Our only option at this point is the Tahoe for passenger and towing! After all isn’t Chevy Trailblazer an American SUV??? Bring it to the US GM!!

  • Griseldagalindo

    Bring it to us soom!

  • Penny H

    It shouldn’t even be a question really, and why can’t we have the diesel version too? I don’t get it…

  • Jeffwyman

    YES  it should come to
    America , Chevrolet  is Criminally Stupid
    ,,no offense,, to think America would not want the 2013 Trial Blazer, It would
    sell like hotcakes.  

  • Khalid_chemali

    i still drive an 02 tuned envoy based on a trailblazer + it beats the grand cherokee explorer and alot more still love it n never let me down once in 10 years!!! we love to have them here and will be one of the first to buy asap!!!!!!!!

  • Khalid_chemali

    dont forget the v8 because no SUV  sounds better! and performs better! NO DEISEL

  • Aaven848

    Yes,my friend is still driving her trailblazer and wants another one. She has been waiting to see if they will bring it back. Hers has many miles and has been a great vehicle. She is in Boca Rat on, FL.

  • Khans4

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for!! Have. 2001 Tahoe & am looking for a smaller more fuel efficient Chevy .

  • MapleCanuck

    YES, I would like a body on frame with real 4X4!!!! What the heck are they thinking.The only option North Americans have left is a Jeep which I love have had 3 for my wife but I’m a GM guy and always have to look at gently used older models because I don’t want some AWD crossover…What will I do when this 05 ZR2 Jimmy has to go??? PLEASE PLEASE ask the people what they want no some goofball marketing team….

  • Kubrick-Davis

    I bought a brand new 2003 trailblazer because it had the look and feel of an SUV. I’m not a fan of crossovers and think an SUV should look like one. I was disappointed to hear the 2012 trailblazer will not be coming back. I liked the traverse when I test drove it but again since I’m no fan of crossovers I bought a new Pilot. Chevy, its too bad you skipped out on America with the new trailblazer, you missed out on my sure sale and possible a few others just like me

  • Gantista

    I have an 03′ Trailblazer. I need another one. I don’t warn an Equinox, to small, and I don’t want a Traverse, to van like. I need a Trailblazer… Just right. It seems as thought, when Ford comes out with a new car, 2013 Fusion, they make every varition of that car available all at the same time. The consumer has the choice from the beginning. Just like the S10 pick-up coming out a year or two before the blazer, Chevy is probably going to do the same thing with the new Trailblazer. I don’t believe that this is a good sales strategy. Give the consumer what they want and they won’t have to shop somewhere else. Make the product top quality from the beginning. Stop using those little plastic parts that break in a few years that really cost a lot to repair and really piss you off. Such a foolish tthing to do and a great way to lose a customer. I need a 2013 Trailblazer and I need it now. Don’t make me shop somewhere else..

  • Livia456

    Yes the trailblazer should definetly come back to the US.  I have a 2008 and LOVE IT. Want to trade it in soon but only if there is something like the Trailblazer. DO NOT like the design of the cross overs.

  • Bethc2012

    Yes, I have a trailblazer now – and was thinking of getting a new one.  Bring it on !!

  • Dakota 85

    Bring it back – I love my 2008 Trailblazer, but it wont last forever. Suggestion – lose the 3rd row seat! If I want 3 rows of seats, I will buy a minivan.

  • Rennerb

    Yes. GM is finally making the vehicle that I’ve been wanting for years and now they say we don’t need or want that in the US? This is crazy!The 2013 Chevy trailblazer should be sold in the US! I’d put in my order tomorrow if I were allowed to. Otherwise I’ll probably buy a Honda pilot. I wanted to give my money To GM! Pissed off Paul

  • Meals1031

    The equinox is an overpriced midsize. The trailblazer should’ve never been discontinued!! This 2013 model would give the new explorer great competition-please, please, PLEASE bring it over to the US and SOON!!

  • TexasGal

    YES !  Definitely, the Trailblazer should be offered in the U.S.  I have a 2003 Blazer and have been a GM purchaser for many, many years.  I’d like a new SUV with rear-wheel drive.  Not much choice out there right now.

  • Colin Peckham

    It seems to be coming to Australia before the USA as a Holden Colorado 7

  • Dlockett

    I think the trailblazer should be sold in America. I like to travel and it was always a nice comfortable ride in my trailblazer. I used to have a 2004 trailblazer and I miss it dearly. I am single and have no need for a full sized SUV such as the Tahoe (love this one too). My trailblazer was the perfect size for me plus it was a Chevy which I love!
    I don’t like crossover vehicles.
    Please bring the new trailblazer to the american market.

  • gegx3

    please bring it here. please.

  • bring it

    Looks awesome, much tougher looking than the van-like traverse

  • Michelle

    YES, I DO THINK THE TRAILBLAZER SHOULD COME TO THE UNITED STATES.  I CURRENTLY HAVE A 2006 CHEVY TRAILBLAZER AND LOVE IT!!! I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A NEW VEHICLE AND WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A NEW TRAILBLAZER HOWEVER, THEY ARE NO LONGER MADE SINCE 2009.  COME ON, ITS A CHEVY ISNT THE CHEVY THE HEART OF AMERICA????? SO WHY WOULDNT IT COME TO AMERICA.  I DO NOT LIKE THE CROSSOVER I LIKE MY SUV I HAVE DROVE THE EQUINOX AND THE TRAVERSE AND DONT LIKE EITHER ONE.  PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE BRING THE 2013 TRAILBLAZER TO THE U.S.

  • DeeRN

    Having owned 3 Trailblazers I was forced to get an Equinox when it was discontinued. I would purchase one tomorrow if they were available. If not I’m going have to look at a Jeep or Ford as I hate my Equinox.
    Chevy would be nuts not to bring the Trailblazer to the US.

  • Truckerrich

    Apperently GM wants to force feed north americans car like cuv’s indstead of a real truck based suv. I like the new Trailblazer and the old one too, and i would love to see it come to North America. If the cuv’s is all i have a choice of , I might not but GM down the road.

  • Cm313divino

    Despite the Lower engine displacements of the trailblazer compared to the 3.5 V6 displacements of the Ford Explorer and Jeep Cherokee. The Trailblazer isn’t underpowered at all. The Trailblazer would give you extreme fuel economy, and if loaded with cargo and passengers the Trailblazer does not show signs of being underpowered. This is what true practicality really is. Although the interior is modern, it isn’t luxurious or as high quality as the Explorer and Cheroke

  • Cm313divino

    The Trailblazer is also has excellent off road capability. It is so good that even if loaded with 7 passengers and cargo the Trailblazer would feel like its a walk in the park.

  • Cjgolfdavis

    Yes.  Absolutely!  The new 2013 Trailblazer should come to America.  I just bought a Traverse and believe me, it doesn’t replace my Trailblazer.

  • Mikameme

    Please bring the trailblazer to the U.S. I have a 2008 model and love it. This would be great competition against the ford explorer, since I have owned 2 GM cars and would hate to switch to ford just to get what I want.

  • Chris

    The traverse sucks, I have owned 3 trailblazers; most recently the 2007 I currently drive with 120,000 miles and going strong. My brother had one, my mom still has her 2005, and except for a few minor mechanical problems the Straight 6 is still the best engine ever.  Try towing a boat off a slippery ramp with a traverse, you’ll either sit still or the truck becomes a submarine.  Its time for a new vehicle and if I can’t have a trailblazer I’m going with a toyota just to spite them.

  • Mike

    The 2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer is the only new vehical that I’m interested in and waiting for that I would purchase today. No other brand will do.I own a 2004 Trailblazer and really like it’s capabilities, it’s a truck not a unibody with plenty of power for towing and easy to handle in parking lots too. The new version is a good looking rig too, well suited for where I live at 8,000 ft above sea level. I hope Trailblazer returns.

  • KJDMPH

    YES  THE TRAILBLAZER SHOULD COME BACK TO THE STATES

  • Jmills007

    Yes they should bring the trail blazer back. I have had 3 of them and they by far are the best. I have a large family and dont care for vans. I have a honda crv now and would but it on the next boat to Thailand if they would send me a trail blazer!!

  • Laurieqrf

    I am holding on to my 2004 trailblazer hoping like heck they will release the car in the states. This is our 2nd one and I love them. We had 350,000 miles on our first one before it started giving us problems. Please bring them back!!!!!

  • Brian

    Bring it back.  My 03 is starting to show its age and will need to be replaced in a couple of years.  One of those diesels would fig the bill perfectly.  Don’t let us down GM!

  • Kerry

    Please bring the Trailblazer back to the U.S.!  I have a 2004 and love it!   I’m wanting a new SUV, but cannot find one I really like.  The Equinox is too small and I don’t care for the looks, the Traverse on the other hand is too large for my needs.   I just bought a Ford Edge Limited, thinking I’d like it, but after I had it a couple days, realized I was not happy with it.   I just took it back to the dealership today and luckily was still able to get my Trailblazer back.   I’m going to hold on to it for a while longer, hoping the Trailblazer will come back to America!   I would buy another Trailblazer in a heartbeat if I could!   The GM spokesperson doesn’t know what he’s talking about when he says we are well represented with the Equinox & Traverse!  I won’t be buying either one.    

  • Gabrielg920

    They absolutely should bring the Trailblazer back to the U.S. and it would be nice to get a vehicle that is off road capable. They traverse and equinox are just over sized cars and not trucks. The Tahoe is too large and too expensive the trailblazer would do quite well here especially if it is off road capable it will satisfy those of us that also want something in between the Traverse and the Tahoe. I think diesel would also do well to get better gas mileage.

  • Coleksiuk

    I currently own a 2008 Chevy trailblazer and I love it!
    A true four wheel drive SUV! It’s about time GM
    Why did you forget about them in the first place being them back for sure you will have a market for them!
    I am not a fan of the new styles which were used to replace the trailblazer and I’m not a fan of awd I like the 2wd and 4wd high and low option

  • Cycarelic

    I too hope that GM brings back the Trailblazer/Envoy. I am a GM retiree, so I have a vested interest in buying GM. I currently own an 08 Envoy and Love it. I’m 56, not 26. I want a soft ride. I want to “slide” into my vehicle NOT “climb up” into my vehicle and I want good gas mileage. That eliminates ANY full size domestic Pickup. DON’T tell me they ride nice or get good mileage, I had an 08 and they don’t. If you think they do, it’s because your a lughead, or a “Big 3″ PR bullshitter cruising these sites doing damage control (Yes, they do that). Also, I want Rear Wheel Drive!  “Are you listening GM??  I’m not alone here”  I DON’T want one of your “Mall Mom”  front wheel “Crossovers”  I’m NOT going to “Crossover” and sadly, (as a GM retiree) I have been Seriously looking at the JEEP Laredo. If GM isn’t offering what I want and Need, then I will go elsewhere. GM can and has built Great Vehicles but, has repeatedly dropped the ball through the years by listening to their damned yippy-scippy Beemer driving “Market Analysts” instead of the “Actual”  customers buying the vehicles. Oh they would say I’m wrong, that they have their hand on “The Pulse” of their customers…Uh-Huh… The reason that the BIG 3 want us all driving front wheel is that it’s a LOT CHEAPER for them to make. The entire drive assembly drops in all at once. No drive shafts, no rear axle or differential. I am glad their trying to build cheaper, but, not at my or your expense thank you. Call me a crazy old coot, but I see the current Trailblazer/Envoys EVERYWHERE. I don’t want a Traverse or Equinox GM, I want a Rear Wheel SUV. ARE you listening????  Read all these comments below. The real Market Analyts are on these forums and comment sections. Heads out of your asses please, please, please.

  • Bceanson

    I would love for GM to bring back the Trailblazer.Had mine for ten years.Have got an Equinoix now and not nearly satisfied as with my Trailblazer.I want something larger but not as big as a Tahoe.Not really liking the Traverse,just a slightly larger version of the Equinoix.

  • Jmcconnell6393

    My 2006 Trailblazer is the 3rd one we have owned. I love it. GM is fooling themselves if they think that the Trailblazer owners will be happy with the Equiniox or Traverse. I will buy a Ford Explorer if the Trailblazer is not reintroduced in the states.

  • Cjr2468

    My 2002 Trailblazer was my third blazer that I owned. I now own the GMC Terrain which I am not happy with. I want the Trailblazer back in the U.S. I my have to buy a Ford Explorer.

  • toyhauler52

    I owned a 1994 Blazer, a 1998 Blazer, and currently own a 2006 Trailblazer. All three are still running (however, I had to have a front differential repaired this morning). I would not hesitate to purchase a new TB if they were available.  Perfect size for me to haul the boat, jet ski, and flatbed.

  • guest

    Yes I definitely think that the New Trailblazer should be offered in the US. I had 3 of the old model Trailblazers and I loved them.  Currently driving a 2011 Silverado because I do not like the Crossover SUVs, they do not offer four wheel drive, and I need it for where I live and also require it for the boat we trailer.  I would definitely go back to a four wheel drive Trailblazer if they offered it.

  • Erin

    Well, this just sucks. I love my 2005 Trailblazer. Makes me mad that “they” don’t think “we” need them over here.

  • dpc

    I just sold my ’99 Chevy Blazer with 280,000 miles on it after driving it all over the country for work….and bought a Nissan Altima….I want another Blazer but new! I hate the cross-overs that are on the U.S. market!

  • kathy

    WE HAVE AN EQUINOX AND WILL NOT TRADE UNTIL THE TRAIL BLAZER COMES BACK TO THE US!

  • Mike

    I’m still driving my 2005 Trailblazer. I bought it new. It now has 178,000 miles and it is still by far the best vehicle I have owned. It has been the perfect car for me and for my family. We have always driven Chevys and the Trailblazer has been the perfect size vehicle for us. I will drive it a long as i can. It still runs great. My family is still very happy with it. We have been considering replacing our other car with another Trailblazer. A used one of course. So we are very excited to hear of the possibility of another new Trailblazer. The crossover vehicles have a lot to offer but the Trailblazer is a great SUV. The crossover vehicles are all starting to look the same. Non of them can compare to my Trailblazer. Without the Trailblazer in the Chevrolet lineup something is missing.

  • Bonnie Lyons

    I think it should be sold in United States, this design is nothing like Traverse or Equinox and would definately pick the Trailer Blazer out of the 3 choices. This design is amazing and am really disapoointed it is not available here. They really did a good job on the body design !

  • Julie

    Please, please bring the Trailblazer back. I just test drove and Equinox and it is nothing like the Trailblazer. My 2003 turns 10 next week. I bought it with 14 miles on it and it only has 75,000 so I will keep until you make it again-please….

  • KA

    If Chevy is going to go to the expense to certify the diesel in the new Colorado replacement it would make sense to leverage that with using that engine in another vehicle. It seems that the perfect choice would be for it to be to bring back the Trailblazer with the diesel. It could compete against….. on, another vehicle with no competition!!! No, I’m not counting the VW.

  • david

    yes bring it back or i will need to goto ford to get a real suv that on a frame

  • Destry

    When driving look around you all you see is Chevy trailblazers. Please bring them back.

  • franki

    Please bring it back. I have the LS extended body and just love it. SOooo much room!!!!!!!

  • mlholloway

    Yes! Please bring this to America!

  • kyle

    the blazer was the best. the new stuff they put out is just gross. when 10 year old cars look better in every way then the new ones, someone should be fired.

  • Tim Catlin

    please tell is it coming to America ” GREAT LOOK “

  • Chikee

    I really wish GM/Chevrolet would bring the Trailblazer back. Please bring it back, I would most definitely be a buyer.

  • KY-Teacher

    I also wish they would bring the Trailblazer back. I love my 2005 and will be handing it over to my niece in 3 years when she turns 16. I won’t be buying any crossover to take it’s place. If Trailblazers weren’t good and didn’t sell, then why are they everywhere you look?