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It actually makes sense, considering that Chevrolet reportedly has no plans to bring the Trailblazer to North America as of today. Instead, building a new Envoy and letting GMC sell it exclusively would add another formidable midsize SUV to the truck brand. In the recent years, GMC has launched the new Terrain and some revised HD trucks, but that’s about it. Bringing back the Envoy could give GMC some attention and a unique product that fits into their truck brand.
GALLERY: 2013 Chevy Trailblazer Concept
[Source: GM Inside News]
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.”
GALLERY: Chevrolet TrailBlazer Concept
Images taken at a Chevrolet press event held in India recently reportedly reveal the design of an upcoming Chevrolet TrailBlazer Concept, confirming Chevrolet’s intentions of bringing back the Trailblazer moniker for 2013. The revamped Trailblazer will feature a body-on-frame SUV based off of the new Colorado.
The 2013 Trailblazer will be available in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models, looking to fight it out against the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Toyota 4Runner. GM has already confirmed the return of the Trailblazer, but has yet to say if, like the Colorado, it will be offered in the U.S.