First Look: 2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

2013 chevrolet trailblazer
After taking a few years off, Chevrolet's TrailBlazer is back in Thailand. We got a sneak peek of the 2013 TrailBlazer last year at the Dubai International Motor Show, and it will debut next week at the Bangkok International Motor Show. It will go on sale first in Thailand this June; global markets will follow.

The body-on-frame midsize SUV, which is based on the Chevrolet Colorado, returns to the brand after a three-year hiatus. Like its predecessor, it will be available in rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations. It will launch in Thailand with two four-cylinder turbo-diesel powertrain options: a 150-horsepower 2.5-liter and a 180-hp 2.8-liter. They'll be paired with five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions.

GM hasn't confirmed TrailBlazer for the U.S. market, though its unlikely. The automaker did say that additional powertrains for specific markets will be announced later. If it makes its way here, a diesel for the U.S. isn't so far-fetched though, considering the Chevrolet Cruze diesel will soon be available here.

The TrailBlazer will seat seven passengers in three rows of seats, and it will have what GM calls "best-in-class spaciousness in the third row." Other interior details are scarce, but we know the seats will tumble and fold flat for cargo flexibility and there will be leather seats, a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity.

The 2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer was designed at GM's South America Design Center in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil, and it will be built at the automaker's Thailand manufacturing facility in Rayong.

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2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer

2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer


I expect we'll see the trailblazer in the U.S. by the end of the year. At least, I hope!


Not a GM fan but this looks like a nice truck. Well done GM! This is a big improvement on the previous generation.


Kind of strange that just about every other car media outlet is saying that GM has absolutely no plans to bring this vehicle to the US market. They already have the 7 passenger Traverse CUV and the Tahoe for the body on frame lovers.


TrailBlazer is a nameplate I wish they wouldn't bring back. What a terrible vehicle it was.


I don't know, but for some reason, in the second photo, it almost looks like they cut the back end off a traverse, and attached a squared off rear. The angle of the picture just jumped out at me that way. I could be way off base.

I think they could aim it at the Ford Edge and remove the third row for US buyers. The Equinox is just too big as it is which is the problem. Other automakers have smaller compacts and room for a midsize before the larger 3-row. Chevy doesn't with Equinox (successfully) straddling both segments.


We have the Traverse. I can see why they won't bring it here.

Max Reid

No thanks, there is Traverse CUV. Who will buy a body on frame vehicle when gas prices are @ $3.86 / gallon.

Michael J.

Another mistake by GM not bringing to the US. I would consider this vehicle over the Jeep and Explorer, but never the Traverse. The Traverse is a glorified station wagon and the Equinox looks like a toy with both of them looking cheap.



there was nothing terrible about the previous trailblazer. i drove one for a year in iraq. while i watched explorers fall apart, i had no issues while punishing that truck for 12 months. we had them as fob vehicles. the only other civilian suvs that held together as well were the toyota landcruisers w/the diesel engines, which were significantly more expensive.



Having it for a year doesn't compare to the numerous transmissions, rear ends, evaporators, compressors, ball joints, wheel bearings, axles, HVAC control units, instrument clusters, modules, oil coolers, water pumps, radiators (must I go on?) that have come through my shop. Usually with less than 90,000 miles. In my opinion, it was terrible.


sorry buddy, but i didn't get it brand new. it had over 30,000 miles being driven like a rental through the shittiest roads in the dustiest conditions known to man, with little to no maintenance. it was 3 years old when i took it in for its first oil change. this is one of those cases when i can say with absolute certainty that you don't know the conditions and can't speak to the situation...covering the war that closely hasn't been 'cool' enough for the news for quite some time.

keith glynn

Why can't any of the suv makers get it ? All I'm asking for is about two or three feet of space behind the third row seat so we can carry our luggage when the family goes on a trip...that's one of the main reasons to buy an tow stuff and carry stuff. I seems like there is no in between, either too short, or buy a huge, too wide, big monster suburban. Just make the darn truck a little longer ok?

keith glynn

...and by the way, I happen to agree with skankzilla...there is a very good reason I call my GMC Envoy(same as the Trailblazer) a "Garage Mechanic's Companion" Since brand new, it was in the shop regularly, starting from the first drive home from the dealer, and everything skankzilla mentioned, pretty much went wrong with mine, my brother's, and my friend's GMC...mainly the same issues for each of us, and we've never gone offroad. Any doubts, just check the national safety recall website, and the automobile complaints websites. The vehicle design is great, the quality control sucks.

Luke B

As this is the replacement for the Holden Colorado in Australia and it is replacing a absolute work horse it is unlikely to fall into the soft roader that you had in the US 3 years ago.
The current Colorado that was released yesterday is a diesel only vehicle so forget about the cost of unleaded. It will get about 25 miles per gallon and pull 3.5 tons.
I have driven the new Colorado that this is based on and it is very nice for a work truck and not at all like the previous Colorado that I drove 4 years ago in the US.
The wagon version of the vehicle promises to meet the GM need on the world market and is not aimed at the US.
Sorry about the space behind the rear seats but if you made it any longer between the wheels or past the rear axle it would not be suitable for the intended purpose of off road first and take the kids to school second.
As for the parts failures in the old trail blazer it is not a fair comparison as this is not that vehicle. Would be like comparing a Mustang II to a 64-70 Pony car. Not even close to the same vehicle.
This is aimed at the Toyotas and others flooding the world market and should be a great alternative to them.


Is there anybody here from Thailand and is an actual owner of the new Trailblazer?

Can you please share some photos from different angles from inside and out? And could you please share us your actual experience?

I have been looking for a replacement for a Montero which is a good buy really and good ride but everywhere you look you see one. My alternative at this point is a Toyota Fortuner (Ride Issue) and a Ford Everest (Big Turning Radius) but I don't wanna get something that I will regret after.


I love it...hope it comes to the US soon. I currently have a trailblazer I have been driving for over 8 years and haven't had any problems out of it yet other than normal wear and tear hands down this is the best car I have ever owned and it has over 200,000 miles on it and she still pleases me everyday


I just retired from Los Angeles, CA and living in Manila Philippines, would appreciate to hear from owners of Trailblazers year model 2012 and 2013 if they are happy with their SUV, reliability, maintenance, fuel consumption, safety, and other comments about their Trailblazer.
Will greatly be happy to hear your opinion and if will recommend this vehicle.
Thanks and GOD Bless


new trailblazer is a good idea. why not use the 2015 gmc canyon and offer it as a suv also.

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