The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is proving to be a successful newcomer in the subcompact crossover market. 34,292 examples were sold in the U.S. in 2020, even though the model did not go on sale until halfway through the year, and supply was initially well below demand, a situation which is only now beginning to be resolved.
It would be too much to say that the Chevy Trailblazer is finding customers because of its front and rear lights. Nobody is buying this model (or any other vehicle, for that matter) for that reason alone. But having an attractive and functional set of peepers sure doesn’t hurt.
Our real-world photo gallery shows a Chevy Trailblazer RS (with which we spent 1,000 miles last year) illuminating its surroundings at night. Notably, both the RS and the Activ trim levels, which together accounted for 35 percent of sales last year, feature light emitting diode (LED) headlights – an impressive feature for an entry-level vehicle.
Much like its larger Blazer stable mate, the Trailblazer has a dual-tier lighting arrangement, with the top tier serving as the daytime running lights (DRL) and the lights immediately below them serving as the primary headlights.
Look closely at the DRLs and you’ll see some attitude coming from the narrow lenses.
Moving to the bottom of the 2021 Trailblazer’s signature dual-port grille are a set of fog lights, completing a three-row illumination array. The fog lights are standard on the RS, the Activ and the mid-range LT, and are withheld only on the LS and the entry-level L which, at $19,995, is the only version with a starting MSRP below below $20,000.
When all three forward lighting elements – the DRLs, primary head lights and fog lights – are enabled, the Trailblazer takes on quite a distinct appearance that’s attractive as it is sinister. Even better is that the tri-tier setup is very functional, illuminating the road ahead better than most vehicles we’ve ever driven, whether from GM or other manufacturers.
At the rear, each tail light cluster is split into two parts, one on the liftgate, the other on the sides of the body. The wraparound effect means that these lights are almost as clearly visible in profile as they are from behind the vehicle. The light pattern, resembling a well chewed bone or perhaps an extended and distorted letter H, is very distinctive.
In addition to the U.S. sales, 20,887 examples of the new Chevy Trailblazer were purchased in South Korea in 2020, where the vehicle is built at the GM Bupyeong plant. A further 2,486 units were sold in Canada during the same timeframe.
These figures are expected to rise dramatically in the coming year, as dealer inventory improves and production of the 2021 Chevy Trax crossover at Bupyeong is reduced by 30 percent, giving the factory more capacity to build examples of the Trailblazer with its attractive lights.