While the Chevy Trailblazer sold in the U.S. is designated as a subcompact crossover, the Chevy TrailBlazer sold in South America is actually a body-on-frame SUV. Now, it appears as though the South American TrailBlazer will not be getting a full redesign as previously expected.
Based off the same architecture as the Chevy Colorado, the TrailBlazer SUV is set to receive a thorough refresh, but not a complete overhaul. This is notable given that the North American market received the next-gen Chevy Colorado for the 2023 model year.
This new development tracks with the release of a planned substantial refresh for the Chevy S10, which serves as the Bow Tie brand’s midsize pickup offering for international markets. With this in mind, the revised S10 and TrailBlazer SUV will share an updated front fascia and a similar grille design, while the TrailBlazer will receive a reworked rear fascia as well. In fact, the new exterior styling is expected to be somewhat of a blend between the current TrailBlazer SUV and the North American 2023 Colorado.
On the inside, the cabin will be updated to resemble that of the current U.S.-spec Colorado. This translates to a new dashboard layout and new technologies like the infotainment system touchscreen and the digital driver instrument cluster. However, the refreshed TrailBlazer SUV’s cabin won’t be a carbon copy of the domestic Colorado’s, as it still features a mechanical parking brake, among other equipment distinctions.
Speaking of powertrain options, an updated variant of the 2.8L I4 XLD28 turbodiesel Duramax engine with revised output numbers will be mated to the revised eight-speed automatic transmission first introduced in the North American 2023 Colorado.
As of the time of this writing, the exact date of the South American TrailBlazer SUV’s start of regular production (SORP) is unknown. However, it is expected to debut and officially launch in the Brazilian market early next year.