GM has released today the first images and information on the new TrailBlazer. Its new appearance is not a real surprise, after it was shown as a concept in Thailand and the new S10 was officially presented. But we were expecting new about engines and transmissions, but none have come with the new model. It is simply a restyling. Nothing more.
The Trailblazer is 4.88 m long, 1.90 m wide, 1.85 m high and has a wheelbase of 2.85 m. In Brazil, it uses 2 engine options: a 2.8 4-cylinder turbodiesel that generates 147 kW at 3,600 rpm and 500 Nm at 2,000 rpm and a 3.6 V6 that delivers 204 kW at 6,400 rpm and 350 Nm at 3,700 rpm. Both of them rely on a 6-speed automatic transmission.
With such options, it is one of the most expensive vehicles produced in Brazil, costing R$ 159,990 (US$ 45,700) in its V6 version and R$ 189,900 (US$ 54,300) with the turbodiesel engine. An American citizen can buy a Suburban with that sort of money.
Remember the TrailBlazer is based on a midsize pick-up. It would be comparable to paying for a GMC Acadia Denali and getting a GMC Terrain…
The interior of the TrailBlazer is said to be the bearer of the biggest changes, but we believe this is a speech in order to convince new customers to pay attention to the SUV. The biggest change the SUV could present would be a smaller engine, such as the 2.5 used by the S10, and a more affordable price. But Brazilian customers will not get that this time.