Earlier last year, we learned that General Motors is preparing a styling refresh for the Chevrolet S10 (Colorado) midsize pickup and TrailBlazer SUV that are sold in some international markets. Now, following the company’s drastic decision to withdraw the Chevrolet brand from Thailand and discontinue the Holden brand, we have confirmed that both models will soon debut in Brazil for the 2021 model year.
As with their world debut in late 2011 and their 2016 mid-cycle update, the refreshed 2021 Chevrolet S10 and TrailBlazer SUV were slated to debut mid-year in Thailand – the emerging country with the highest demand for medium-sized pickups on the planet. However, plans changed after GM concluded that continuing production at the Rayong plant was unsustainable.
In contrast, the revamped 2021 Chevrolet S10 and 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer will be introduced for the first time during the second half of the year in Brazil. The models will continue to be manufactured at the Brazilian plant in São José dos Campos, mainly supplying the domestic market and some other countries in South America. In fact, GM is investing $1.3 billion at the plant to produce the next generation of these vehicles.
The spy photos reveal that the main styling changes on the 2021 Chevrolet S10 and TrailBlazer are concentrated on the front end, which will be adapted to the brand’s latest global design language. As such, the vehicles will incorporate new grille, hood, bumper and fenders, as well as minor headlight revisions and some decorative trim. The rest of the exterior will remain unchanged, while the interior layout will be updated.
Unlike the Thai-made Chevrolet / Holden Colorado, which offers up to five different body configurations, the Chevrolet S10 is only available in chassis-cab, regular cab and crew cab versions. Notably, it does not have the extended cab variant or multiple chassis-cab configurations. Meanwhile, the body of the three-row Chevrolet TrailBlazer SUV is consistent in all markets where it is sold.
The updated 2021 Chevrolet S10 and 2021 Chevrolet TrailBlazer are expected to be unveiled in the coming months during a special event in Brazil, representing the second and final styling update for the vehicles since their introduction for the 2012 model year. The launch of the next-generation S10 and TrailBlazer, which could be even more related to the upcoming North American Colorado and GMC Canyon, is slated for 2023.