General Motors has just introduced the 2020 Chevrolet TrailBlazer midsize SUV in Brazil with a single major change compared to the prior model year. Before we go on, we should clarify that we’re not talking about the recently-introduced Trailblazer crossover, but rather the body-on-frame utility vehicle derived from the international-market Chevy Colorado/S10.
The only newsworthy change to the 2020 Chevrolet TrailBlazer is the addition of the Premier trim level to replace the LTZ trim level, a change that has permeated most of the Chevrolet lineup with the exception of the Silverado. The three-row SUV becomes the fourth Chevrolet model to see the switch from LTZ to Premier in Brazil, following the Equinox, Tracker (rebadged Trax) and the Spin. In fact, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer will be offered exclusively in the Premier trim level – which is the brand’s range-topping equipment group.
“The term sophistication has a very particular meaning to the off-road SUV segment. More than a status symbol, unique finishes and technology items need to add functionality. This concept is what permeates the Trailblazer Premier,” Rodrigo Fioco, Marketing Director at GM Brazil, said in a statement translated by GM Authority from Portuguese.
The 2020 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Premier delivers slightly more refined finishes for the exterior as much as the interior. The biggest change is the addition of a new interior color combination and soft-touch surfaces. The midsize Chevrolet SUV also incorporates all of GM’s active safety features, thereby delivering one of the most complete safety packages in its segment.
In addition to the OnStar Automatic Crash Response service, the 2020 Chevrolet TrailBlazer also includes Lane Change Alert, Forward Collision Alert, Blind Zoner Alert, and Rear Motion Alert. The three-row, body-on-frame utility also includes seven airbags, electronic traction control (TC), stability control (ESP), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Hill Descent Control (HDC).
Mechanically, the TrailBlazer Premier continues with the same two engine options the model has offered since its debut: the naturally-aspirated 3.6 V6 LLT making 279 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, and the 2.8L I4 XLD28 Turbo-Diesel Duramax good for 200 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Both motors are coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2020 Chevrolet TrailBlazer Premier is already on sale in Brazil, where it is the brand’s range-topping utility vehicle positioned beyond the Equinox and Tracker. The 2020 TrailBlazer is offered in six exterior colors, which translate from Portuguese as follows: Red Chili, Red Edible Berries, Black Gold, Graphite Gray, White Summit, Silver Switchblade.
The 2020 model year represents the TrailBlazer’s ninth year on the market, as GM has been offering this model since the beginning of 2012 in South America, Southeast Asia and Oceania (as the Holden Colorado 7).