The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer has made its U.S. debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show after its initial unveiling earlier this year.
While this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer, as General Motors first announced the new model and released images back in April, this is the first time we’re getting complete details on the new subcompact crossover.
GM says the new crossover model follows in the footsteps of the Chevrolet Blazer with its “bold” Chevrolet corporate front fascia and “sports car-inspired” rear end. However, the Trailblazer is quite a bit smaller than the Blazer, slotting in between the subcompact Trax and the compact Equinox in Chevrolet’s growing crossover portfolio.
Two unique exterior styling packages will also be available on the 2021 Trailblazer from launch: ACTIV and RS. The RS package, which we first saw earlier this year, is set apart by its larger front grille, different headlight surrounds, redesigned lower front bumper and black Chevy bowtie emblems. A two-tone exterior is also standard on all Trailblazer RS models – with the roof painted in a contrasting color to the body.
There’s a bit more on offer with the Trailblazer ACTIV. The ACTIV model also has a contrasting color roof, but it will feature its own unique front and rear fascias as well, along with a standard dual exhaust, 17-inch Hankook Sport Terrain tires, roof rails and model-specific shock tuning. The front fascia has been specially designed to allow for additional ground clearance, making the ACTIV model better suited to light off-roading than standard models or the sport-inspired RS.
The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer rides on the same VSS-F platform as the 2021 Buick Encore GX. It also features the same engine lineup, 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. Meanwhile, the automaker’s turbocharged 1.3-liter L3T three-cylinder serves as the optional engine and is rated at 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are paired with a CVT in front-wheel-drive models, while all-wheel-drive models with the 1.3-liter engine receive the GM nine-speed automatic.
Front-wheel-drive models will also feature a drive mode select system with self-explanatory Normal, Snow and Sport modes. Models equipped with AWD will feature a selectable system that allows the driver to switch the AWD on or off depending on the current weather or road conditions.
Standard safety features will include Forward Collision Alert, Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Brake, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and IntelliBeam headlamps with automatic adjusting high and low beams. Optional safety items include camera-based Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Park Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Alert with Blind Zone Alert.
The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer will appear in Chevy showrooms by spring 2020. Pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on sale date, though GM promises the base model will start at less than $20,000 USD. The vehicle will be built by GM Korea in South Korea.