The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer celebrated its U.S. debut at last week’s 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.
We covered the U.S.-spec 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer extensively last week, but if you were left wondering about some aspects of the crossover, Kelley Blue Book presented this walkaround video of the crossover taken on the floor of the LA Auto Show.
The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer will slot in between the subcompact Trax and the compact Equinox in the automaker’s lineup – making it a ‘subcompact plus’ offering. It rides on the same GM VSS-F platform as the 2020 Buick Encore GX, which also occupies a unique space in Buick’s crossover lineup, falling in between the subcompact Encore and compact Envision.
The Trailblazer features the same engine lineup as the Buick Encore GX as well, with GM’s new turbocharged 1.2-liter LIH three-cylinder, rated at 137 horsepower and 166 pound-feet of torque, serving as the base engine. A more powerful turbocharged 1.3-liter L3T three-cylinder serves as the optional engine, producing 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission in front-wheel-drive models, while all-wheel-drive models with the 1.3-liter engine receive the GM nine-speed automatic.
Chevrolet will also offer the Trailblazer in three different variants. There’s the standard Trailblazer, the sport-inspired Trailblazer RS and the more rugged Trailblazer Activ. Kelley Blue Book‘s walkaround video focuses on the Trailblazer Activ, which is set apart with its faux front skid plate, different rear fascia, standard Hankook off-road tires and specially tuned dampers. This strategy allows the Trailblazer to entice buyers who may want a sportier crossover as well as those who want one with a more off-road inspired appearance.
While the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer may not have enough capability to actually blaze any trails (or at least not very bumpy ones), it should attract some buyers to the brand when it launches next spring. With prices starting from under $20,000, it will likely prove to offer better value than the already quite popular Trax, which is smaller and has less power than the Trailblazer.
Check out the video embedded below for an in-depth look at the crossover ahead of its arrival in dealers in 2020.