The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer just hit the U.S. for the first time last month at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, slotting in between the Chevrolet Trax and Chevrolet Equinox in Chevrolet’s crossover SUV lineup. The new Trailblazer’s U.S. debut included two trim levels for the reintroduced nameplate – the outdoorsy Activ trim, and the sportier RS trim. As such, we’re taking a look at what makes the RS model stand apart.
First, let’s check out the styling. While both the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer Activ and RS offer two-tone roof treatments as standard, the RS comes with unique fascia styling compared to the Activ. The look is similar to that of the latest Chevrolet Blazer, and can also be seen in the front end of the Chevrolet Camaro.
The 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS fascia is highlighted by a performance-inspired mesh grille insert, as well as sharp, angular lines for the grille surround. The RS also comes with black Chevy bow tie badges, and a unique front splitter element to boot.
Moving inside, we find the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS equipped with a familiar cockpit layout. However, the RS stands out thanks to a number of red accents. These include accents for the gauge pod, seat piping, upholstery stitching, center console trim, and air vent trim.
Getting under the skin, the new Chevrolet Trailblazer RS and Activ also differ with regard to suspension tuning, as the Activ is specifically tuned for performance and ride comfort in light off-roading. The two models also differ with regard to tires, as the Activ mounts Hankook Dynapro AT2 sport terrain tires, as compared to the Hankook Kinergy GT all-seasons on the RS.
Notably, the new 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer slots in above the Chevrolet Trax, which was never offered in RS trim. What’s more, the 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer RS adds yet another RS trim level to the mix, as opposed to an RS package. As we covered previously, the Chevrolet RS sub-brand has been somewhat inconsistent on this front, sometimes offered as a trim level, and other times as a package.