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Over 249,000 SUVs are being recalled for a possible fire risk with the window and door lock switches for vehicles sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C. where salt and other chemicals are used to clear roads in the winter.
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.
GALLERY: 2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer
309,000 Chevrolet Trailblazers are currently under investigation for possible fires on the driver’s side doors of the vehicles.
The affected model years are 2006 and 2007, the fires seem to be caused by the driver’s side power window switch or related electrical parts.
A dozen complaints have been filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10 of which involved fires. GM said that the fires have only melted door parts and singed seats, but haven’t destroyed the SUVs entirely, if that’s any consolation. No injuries have been reported either.
The Trailblazer investigation comes hot on the heels of a similar probe for the 2007 Toyota Camry and RAV4. We haven’t confirmed yet whether or not GM and Toyota used the same supplier for the switches.
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]
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.
GALLERY: 2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Concept
Sorry to get your hopes up, but it looks like the 2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer won’t be coming here after all. Despite teasing us with a preview of the upcoming mid-size SUV, Chevrolet representatives said that there are no immediate plans to bring the TrailBlazer to our market.
The TrailBlazer’s platform-mate, the Colorado pickup, will be coming here, so there’s no reason why GM couldn’t change its mind. Nevertheless, Asia and South America will get first dibs on the truck, with Thailand serving as the TrailBlazer’s first market. GM noted that the TrailBlazer was developed by their Brazilian arm, which means the TrailBlazer will likely be a more compact, fuel-efficient SUV, although it will ride on a traditional truck platform, rather than a car-based frame.
[Source: Inside Line]
The Chevrolet TrailBlazer was killed off in 2009 to make way for GM’s new range of car-based crossovers, but evidently there’s still demand for a mid-size, truck based SUV, as Chevrolet has announced a new TrailBlazer based on the upcoming Colorado mid-size pickup.
Given that the Colorado was developed for world markets by GM’s Thailand division, expect the new TrailBlazer to differ from the outgoing vehicle, which could be had with a 6.0L small-block V8. The new TrailBlazer will be unveiled alongside the Colorado at the Dubai Motor Show in November. In the mean time, check out the press release below.
Armored cars are an expensive proposition, nearly always costing well above $100,000, and for this reason, they’re rarely anything but luxury sedans or SUVs.
The problem with this phenomenon is that the places where armored cars are really needed, discretion is often better than driving an ostentatious bling-mobile. Texas Armoring, one of the leading armored car manufacturers, has noticed a spike in demand for “ordinary” bulletproof cars, mostly from Mexico, where a war between government officials and drug traffickers have caused unprecedented violence.
The vehicles featured in the video include late model SUVs like the Chevrolet Trailblazer and Ford Excursion, while one rep mentions that cars like the Toyota Camry and Nissan Maxima have also been retrofitted.
Hit the jump to see the video on Texas Armoring
Believe it or not, this Chevrolet Trailblazer convertible (a one-off, thankfully), is not some backyard redneck conversion, but a professionally done job used for the Rose Bowl parade.
With more passenger and cargo room the a Jeep Wrangler, the Trailblazer convertible is also a more unique alternative, but the vehicle comes with a few limitations. It was never designed to be a convertible, so the structural integrity of the car is suspect, and there’s no soft or hardtop that you can install during bad weather. This is not a “rain or shine” vehicle, folks.
On the other hand, the car comes with a sweet set of chrome dubs, and some custom bodywork that removes the TrailBlazer’s unsightly body cladding. For those who must have this car, the seller only wants $15,000 or best offer, not bad for a car with under $30,000 miles on it.
Head on over to Motorz for more details, including the seller’s contact information.
Gallery: Chevrolet Trailblazer Droptop