Back in September, a camo-clad prototype believed to be the all-new 2024 Chevy Trax was spotted testing in black-and-white covers. As it turns out, that particular prototype was not the next-gen Trax, but rather another GM crossover utility vehicle. Now, we’ve come to believed that the prototype in question may have actually been the next-generation Chevy Trailblazer or Chevy Equinox.
The current-generation Chevy Trailblazer made its formal introduction in China back in 2019, resurrecting the Trailblazer nameplate as an all-new small crossover model. As such, even though it may seem relatively new, the current Trailblazer is in fact three-and-a-half years old at this point. That would be a relatively short timeframe for a product to be on the market to warrant a new generation.
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that GM recently pulled the plug on the Chevy Trailblazer for the Chinese market, per previous GM Authority coverage. Critically, the discontinuation of the Chevy Trailblazer in China coincides with the Chinese launch of the all-new 2023 Chevy Seeker, which will be sold in North America as the 2024 Chevy Trax. Be that as it may, the Trailblazer’s departure from China doesn’t affect the Trailblazer’s availability in the U.S., given stateside models are shipped over from the GM Bupyeong plant in South Korea, whereas Chinese-bound models were produced at the GM China (SAIC) Dong Yue plant in Shandong, China.
In China, GM offers the Chevy Tracker alongside the new Chevy Seeker, giving the Bow Tie a one-two punch in the Chinese subcompact crossover segment. Meanwhile, here in the U.S., customers are offered the new 2024 Chevy Trax (badged as the Seeker in China) and the Chevy Trailblazer, but neither of the two are suitable rivals for a new wave of off-road-oriented compact CUVs offered by the competition, such as the Ford Bronco Sport.
Keeping all that in mind, we posit that the prototype in question could be the next-generation Trailblazer. That said, the test vehicle does look to be quite a bit larger than the subcompact footprint that the Trailblazer name now represents. Hence, that leads us to conclude that the prototype in question is the next-generation Chevy Equinox.
GM Authority intel indicates that GM is planning to overhaul (redesign and re-engineer) the Equinox in 2024 for the 2025 model year. If the prototype is, in fact, the Equinox, then we can clearly see that the overhauled model will finally adopt Chevrolet’s new dual-tier headlight aesthetic, something that was difficult to do with the current model, even in conjunction with the refreshed 2022 Equinox.
We’ll keep an eye on this to see how the story develops. In the meantime, subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevy Trailblazer news, Chevy Equinox news, Chevy Trax news, Chevy news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.
Update: third time’s the charm! Since publishing this article, we have since learned that the prototype in question is that of the 2025 Chevy Equinox.