The all-new Chevrolet Trailblazer subcompact crossover starts at $20K.
Chevrolet released more details about its upcoming 2021 Trailblazer subcompact crossover today, and says it will start “under $20K” and then gives a long list of possible fees in its fine print that could make the actual cost higher for buyers. Looking over its images, we love what we see. The only question is, will shoppers see this crossover as a cute-ute or a baby brute?
“Slotting between the Trax and Equinox, the addition of the Trailblazer provides us with a great opportunity to expand the Chevy SUV family to new audiences,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet passenger car and crossover marketing. “With the new ACTIV trim, plus the sporty RS trim, we can appeal to customers’ varying active lifestyles.”
There is no question the Trailblazer has a look that will separate it from vehicles like the Mazda CX-30 and Honda HR-V. “The Trailblazer doesn’t simply let customers express their personal style. It encourages it with uniquely styled trims that allow buyers to select a vehicle that reflects their lifestyle,” said Stuart Norris, design director of global Chevrolet compact SUVs. “Its design is bold, confident and full of personality.” Chevy intended the Trailblazer to have the same design language as the Blazer, and we can certainly see the family resemblance.
Like every new vehicle today, the Trailblazer will have a long list of active safety systems and a few optional ones for top trims. Here is the full list Chevrolet provided:
Forward Collision Alert
Automatic Emergency Braking
Front Pedestrian Braking
IntelliBeam Headlamps (Auto High Beam Assist)
Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning
Rear Vision Camera
Rear Seat Reminder
Optional Safety Systems For Those Families With A Bigger Budget:
Adaptive Cruise Control – Camera
Rear Park Assist
Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
HD Rear Vision Camera
All of the infotainment systems you would expect in a new vehicle are included along with the ability to pair two smart devices to the infotainment brain at once. Oddly, Chevy is offering two small turbo engines in the Trailblazer. A 1.2L and a 1.3L engine with the top having 155hp. Both have a CVT, God’s gift to publications with a comments section.
AWD is optional, and the driver will be able to de-activate the AWD system when it is not needed. Front-wheel drive Trailblazers will have multiple drive modes, including:
Normal: Tailored for daily commuting and focused on ride comfort
Snow: Provides more progressive throttle input for improved vehicle acceleration on snow- and ice-covered roads
Sport: Modifies steering effort and shifting for a sportier feel and response
The new ute is expected to arrive in about four months at your local Chevy dealer.