Turning our attention back to the Trailblazer, it appears that General Motors is testing a prototype of either the next generation or the second mid-cycle refresh. Considering the Trailblazer is also related to the Isuzu MU-X from 2013, we’re expecting a successor rather than a facelift.
General Motors has an all-new Blazer in the United States and an all-new Trailblazer in China, and looking at the bigger picture, crossovers and SUVs reign supreme. The Holden-branded Trailblazer in Australia slots above the Equinox, and as far as pricing is concerned, the LT 4×4 with the 2.8-liter turbo diesel and six-speed auto is 47,990 dollars.
The LTZ and Z71 feature the same engine and transmission, and pricing tops in the ballpark of 55,000 dollars. Codenamed A 428, the 2.8-liter four-cylinder powerplant is a VM Motori design that used to be found in the Chrysler Voyager and Grand Voyager, Jeep Cherokee, Liberty, and Wrangler, Dodge Nitro, BMC Megastar, and Maxus T60 from SAIC Motor in China.
Thanks to shift-on-the-fly 4WD and the torquey engine, the Trailblazer also happens to be capable off the beaten path. The tires on the prototype bring the point home, but on the other hand, the interior appears to be plusher than before.
Over in America, the Trailblazer is also offered under the Chevrolet brand in places such as Brazil. As opposed to the mid-size SUV from Australia, the Brazilian model is also available with a 3.6-liter V6 from the High Feature engine family. On that note, General Motors markets the 2.8 under the Duramax brand despite the fact this engine doesn’t come out of Moraine, Ohio from DMAX.