Despite the fact the Trailblazer has been discontinued from the US market ever since 2008, the car has been for sale around the World under the same name and it has gone through numerous updates in order to remain competitive. The latest version has been released at the Bangkok Auto Show a while ago with the 2017 Chevy Trailblazer Premier concept.
This is based on the second generation of the car but it does come with a lot of upgrades and a large revision to its design in order to make it more appealing to its customers and allow it to compete with the latest offerings on the market.
Design – Interior & Exterior
Instead, it will only be available in Asia and South America as well as in a few other select countries. Although the car is still based on the four year model, the exterior has gone through a major update so the entire front end is all new. This features Chevy’s new grille design with the dual intakes separated by a large horizontal slat. The headlights also received standard xenon headlamps, the fog-lamps are rounder and hidden in the bumper’s intake and the hood received a small bulge which really accentuates its new fresh look.
The Premium concept of the 2017 Chevy Trailblazer also gets 22 inch machined wheels, chromed side steps and chromed roof rails which will likely be available on the production model only as optional extras.
Also a rather irritating aspect about this concept is that GM shows what they can do with the car and they will not offer it on the production model. The cabin has been very nicely trimmed for the price point with leather seats, a two tone instrument panel, a large 8 inch infotainment system running GM’s latest software as well as wood and steel inserts around the cabin. The production model is likely going to receive only the larger screen and that’s about it which will leave customers with a less than average looking car.
Under the Hood
Still a rumor at this point, it seems that the best selling engine of the upcoming 2017 Chevy Trailblazer will see a large update. The 2.8 liter turbocharged inline 4 diesel is expected to get closer to 200 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque which will not really affect its towing performance in any positive way but the extra horsepower should improve the way the car feels on the road and it should also mean that they will be able to fit a longer-ratio gearbox, so the new Trailblazer will be able to cruise down the highway at lower RPM, basically improving fuel efficiency.
Both the 2.4 and 2.5 liter base engines are likely going to be carried over unchanged from the ongoing generation but the car’s large 3.6 liter V6 might get a small update, similar to what GM has done to the US version which is currently available in outputs of up to 330 horsepower.
2017 Chevy Trailblazer Release date
The updated version of the car which has been showcased a while ago is a really nice car which does come with all the usual upgrades you would expect as well as with a few extras which really differentiate it from the rest of its competitors. The car’s platform is the same as before but the engine as well as the running gear changed a bit in order to make for a better on-road cruiser.
Unfortunately it will still be missing from the US market which is a real shame because at under $30,000 the Trailblazer would not only be a hit but it would likely outsell pretty much all of Chevrolet’s current models by a really big margin which would pose a problem for the company.