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Chevy TrailBlazer Debuts In Dubai (Video)

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On: Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 11:55AM | By: Chris Salamone

Chevy TrailBlazer Debuts In Dubai (Video)

Just today, Chevrolet debuted a worldwide 'show' version of the company’s highly anticipated all-new TrailBlazer SUV at the Dubai International Motor Show. Starting with Thailand in early 2012, Chevy plans to sell TrailBlazers globally. The vehicle features seven seats which are capable of folding flat, a body-on-frame SUV with the ride comfort and fuel efficiency of a crossover, and chassis meant to handle serious off-road conditions or city driving—if you’re into that thing.

But if you’re also thinking the TrailBlazer looks somewhat familiar, your powers of perception are right on. The latest Chevrolet Colorado shares similar DNA, design cues, and both vehicles were built in tandem. From all angles, the TrailBlazer looks sophisticated, aggressive and capable—a sort of physical manifestation of what GM intends this SUV do be.

“The growing markets of the world want flexibility. That means power and capability combined with comfort and efficiency,” said Brad Merkel, GM’s global vehicle line executive for midsize trucks and SUVs. “TrailBlazer does it all. You can tow anything, go anywhere, comfortably seat seven people, and do so with the fuel efficiency associated with a smaller, less capable vehicle. It’s the complete package.”

GM was quick to mention that we are actually looking at a ‘show vehicle’ and not a final product. This makes perfect sense from an American perspective. The TrailBlazer on display showcases a 2.8-liter Duramax diesel, an engine we’re unlikely to see as a standard platform stateside.

Pricing and final specs are still up in the air, but expect more info to come in the coming months. An intended spring 2012 launch in Thailand will likely lead to some good insights regarding US production.

Taking a look at the press release, pictures, and video, the TrailBlazer appears to be a rather handsome reinterpretation of the original vehicle. Will this latest Chevy be able to handle the real life challenges of the unclaimed backcountry, like an original TrailBlazer? I suppose we’ll see, but so far this newest TrailBlazer looks to be a more reasonable combination of heavy-duty capability and on-road manners. Perhaps that’s just what a crossover should be.

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Stephy21 | 9:58AM (Mon, Nov 14, 2011)

This new trail blazer is nice i like it.

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