Set to arrive in U.S. dealerships in the spring of 2020 with a base price of $19,995, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer will be available in five trim levels, one of which is the new Trailblazer Activ. Curiously, the Activ light offroad sub-brand has seen little use so far in Chevrolet’s vehicle lineup, but the Trailblazer is looking to change that.
As of this writing, only one other Chevy model in the United States offers an Activ trim level, and that’s the Chevrolet Spark city car. It boasts a roof rack, lower-body cladding all around and a unique front fascia design to stand out as an “active lifestyle” vehicle.
As for the Trailblazer Activ, it receives a two-tone roof, exclusive front and rear fascias as well as trapezoidal dual exhaust outlets, providing a more distinctive package compared to the L, LS, LT and sporty-looking RS grades. It also benefits from 17-inch sport terrain tires, unique shock absorber tuning and a roof rack. The faux bumper-mounted skid plates hint at a certain level of off-road capability.
However, a Trailblazer Activ is by no means a hardcore off-road machine like the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, or even the Chevrolet Silverado Trail Boss, for that matter. General Motors claims the Activ’s suspension is “tuned to enhance vehicle performance and ride comfort when traveling on gravel roads.” The front bumper is shaped to improve the vehicle’s approach angle, but the subcompact-plus crossover’s ride height is unchanged compared to the rest of the lineup – at least according to the specifications released by GM thus far.
The 2021 Trailblazer will be available with two engines. The base powerplant is the turbo-charged 1.2-litre LIH three-cylinder making 137 horsepower while the optional engine is the turbo-charged 1.3-litre L3T mill making 155 horses. The Trailblazer Activ gets a front-wheel drivetrain as standard, while AWD is optional.
So, we’re basically looking at a soft or light off-roader, which is somewhat ironic given the SUV’s name. In this case, Activ represents “active lifestyle” more than anything else, much like the case with the Spark Activ.
Besides the Spark and Trailblazer, two other Chevrolet models wear an Activ badge, and they’re both sold in South America – the Chevrolet Spin Activ and Onix Activ. The Spin is a five-passenger, multipurpose vehicle (MPV) that includes a similar “light off-road” look with body-cladding and a roof rack, while the Brazil-exclusive Chevrolet Onix hatchback is also offered in the Activ trim, gaining slightly higher ground clearance, lower-body cladding and faux bumper skid plates.
Should the Activ trim level and its light off-road appearance expand its presence in the North American market? If so, which Chevrolet models would be the best candidates for it? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.