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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.
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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.
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
In this era of relatively high fuel prices, motorists are looking to save every last drop of gas they can. However, if they drive a General Motors SUV they might be carrying less fuel in their tanks than they actually think.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently launched an investigation regarding faulty fuel gauges on certain GM Sport Utilities, namely 2005-07 Chevrolet Trailblazers, GMC Envoys, Buick Rainiers and Saab 9-7Xs.
The major problem has been vehicles stalling out because drivers thought they had more fuel in the tank than they actually did. Over the past weekend alone, some 58 individual complaints were registered about vehicles stalling, with 43 of those resulting from inaccurate fuel level readings. In one case, a stalled SUV was apparently hit from behind when stuck on the off-ramp of an Interstate.
Those findings registered over the weekend brings the total number of complaints so far to some 668 and NHTSA is investigating a whopping 865,000 vehicles regarding this problem.