New Chevrolet TrailBlazer Mule Spied Again As Rumors Suggest Possible Return To USA

Our spy photographers have captured Chevrolet’s engineers testing a mysterious Trailblazer mule in Europe for the second time in a week. It seems to be the same exact prototype as before. (Updated 5/21/2019)

The Chevrolet TrailBlazer was phased out of North America a decade ago, but it continues to be sold in a number of international markets including Asia, Australia and South America.

The current model was introduced in 2012 and it has largely remained the same. That could soon change as a mysterious prototype has been spied wearing a camouflaged front fascia.

While this would normally suggest the SUV is getting a minor facelift, spy photographers believe the model is actually a mule for the third-generation TrailBlazer. That remains unconfirmed, but it’s an interesting possibility for a number of reasons.

General Motors is rumored to be considering a $1 billion (£782 / €895 million) investment in its Wentzville plant which currently builds the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. While the automaker hasn’t announced anything, speculation has suggested the investment could be used to build a new body-on-frame SUV in America.

The model would be based on the same underpinnings as the Colorado and Canyon. If this sounds familiar, it should as the current TrailBlazer is based on the international version of the Colorado / S10.

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As a result, it’s possible that GM is working on next-generation mid-size pickups and is also planning to launch a redesigned TrailBlazer on the same platform. This wouldn’t be too surprising as the Colorado and Canyon were introduced in North America in 2013 and are related to the international variant which unveiled a couple of years earlier.

The redesigned TrailBlazer is expected to be launched as a 2021 model and if it does come stateside, it would be an interesting addition to Chevrolet’s lineup. While it probably wouldn’t be a direct Ford Bronco competitor, it would give the brand an entry in the increasingly popular off-road segment which has been dominated by Jeep. The model could also appeal to customers who do a lot of towing, but would rather have an SUV than a pickup.

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  • Six_Tymes

    it better be super impressive, there is a crazy amount of competition now.

  • donald seymour

    Is anybody confused about the naming game? Don’t we already have the Blazer which takes place of the Trail Blazer.

  • charlotteharry57

    Just last week, several sources were reporting that the larger Trax replacement – there are two in China – would be coming here as an addition to the current Trax (which will remain unchanged) and be called the TrailBlazer. Yesterday, sources were reporting that a 7-seat Blazer is being considered for the US. NONE of this is necessary, except for an all-new Trax, thank you very much. Is Chevy trying to beat Mercedes and the rest of the Germans with twice as many CUVs/SUVs than are needed?

  • Rocket

    GMC has been talking about entering this segment for some time. Maybe they finally grew a pair, and what we have here is an all new GMC Jimmy. It would make more sense than adding a re-bodied Blazer to the lineup.

    • diesel_vdub

      Except this wouldn’t be a re-bodied Blazer as the Blazer is built on the front-wheel drive C1XX platform shared by the Acadia and XT5.

      • Rocket

        You misunderstood. I’m saying if GMC is going to add something to the lineup between the Terrain and the Acadia, and you can bet they will, a new BOF Jimmy makes more sense than another variation of the Blazer/XT5.

        • Benjamin B.

          That platform is meh.

        • Benjamin B.

          A Canyon based SUV is interesting to me. It won’t be a Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco, but it’ll compete directly with the Toyota 4Runner. GMC will probably offer an AT4 variant. That’ll sort of compete with the Bronco and Wrangler, while it’ll go a head to head with the 4Runner TRD.

      • Benjamin B.


  • carlbolt

    It looks it belongs to the vehicles of 15 years ago.

    • Matt

      It’s basically a 2013 Isuzu. GM will be testing the revised platform underneath, the current body shell you see in these pictures won’t make production.

      • Benjamin B.

        Benefit of body on frame trucks is that you can test the chassis independently from new body

  • Paul

    Rumors swirling about all the time. I currently think GM is in a state of befuddlement as to knowing what to bring here and things.

  • Bash

    This car is a total shame. Shame to GM, shame to people of American and even shame to it’s own heritage and ancestors.

    • TB

      I’d have to agree. This does not look like a direct competitor to the Ford Bronco. This looks like a direct competitor to the Ford Escape.

      • Bash

        Heck, the Ford Escape is more appealing that this $hi£!!

      • JRP

        The Escape is compact, the TrailBlazer is 3-row midsize. Not comparable.

        • TB

          Not from a looks perspective.

    • SteersUright


    • performante

      This vehicle has been out since 2012. GM is likely just testing chassis development.

      • Bash

        True mate, that is correct, and its been a shame since then!

  • Randy Terpstra

    It’s wearing Euro plates, so IMHO it’s unlikely the North American arm of GM testing the TrailBlazer here. Possibly a new engine/drive-train combo being tested and perhaps a light face-lift which requires the camo.

  • Randy Terpstra

    TrailBlazer. Older (2013) design, body-on-frame, based on the current Colorado/Canyon. No relation to the new Blazer.

  • disqus_6VWOvIAZzr

    Do it right. Solid front axle. Simple manual interior. Offer a trim for powered/tech interior. Make a GMC version the same with better materials, V engines. They’ll have a wheelbase that works for regular cab pickups too. The C/C twins were never what I hoped, even if they’ve sold decently.

    • Harry_Wild

      V with 600 hp and 500 lb. torque to go against G63 Wagon! Price it slightly lower price at around $175K! Sell like hot cakes! American made G Wagon on the cheap!

  • rodriguez256

    I’ve owned both a blazer and trailblazer. I liked the simplicity and rugged looks along with a real body on frame. Judging from the new blazer and these spy pics of the next trailblazer, I won’t ever own one again. Now the Bronco I’m the other hand, I haven’t even seen the final version and I want one. I trust Ford a lot more with their designs than GM.

    • James Denz

      The article states that the one pictured is just a test mule and a totally new one will be available in 2021.

  • Stephen G

    This seems like a no-brainer. Why wasn’t this reintroduced with the Colorado/Canyon in 2015? Though it seems like having the Blazer and Trailblazer on the same showroom floor a bit redundant.

  • charlotteharry57

    For the life of me, I can’t understand why Chevy would want the Equinox, Blazer AND this. Are we sure this isn’t designated to be a GMC? The Jimmy name has been bandied about lately (as has the return of the Envoy as a Buick).

  • no25

    I honestly rather see it as a GMC [Envoy] since Chevy is becoming over populated with SUVs/CUVs. I think GMC – with it being a more truck brand – could use a model to fill the Envoy’s spot.

  • Marc Gruben

    If GM really wants to make money, another SUV isn’t the way to go. I’m in commercial vehicle sales and can tell you the market is screaming for a modern Chevy Astro / GMC Safari. Build a small/midsize work van on the Colorado platform – with a passenger version to match – and the factory will be running 24-7. Don’t believe me? Go find somebody who is still running an Astro and ask them why they haven’t replaced it yet.

    • James Denz

      That’s fine but the market for SUVs is way bigger than for minivans regardless of whether it’s unibody or separate frame.

      • Marc Gruben

        Not necessarily. A modern Astro/Safari will sell in far greater numbers because the demand is there. You are not taking into account the city / state municipality market, the fleet market, the commercial / contractor market. The retail SUV market is already saturated. Another small SUV isn’t going to have the long-term impact that a modern, mid-sized BOF work van will have. GM could build these for the next 10-15 years, get a massive return on investment, and own the market. As I said earlier, ask anyone who is currently driving a clapped out, 300,000 mile Safari why they haven’t replaced it yet. They’ll tell you they don’t want a front drive “minivan” and the fullsizers are too big.

  • Bash

    Yep, its a good car, but not a good Chevy in my mind.

  • SteersUright

    And I thought the GM EV spy shots were hideous…good lord! Do they even try anymore? Do they not have eyeballs? How could anyone have actually signed off on those 1990’s eBay tail lights or the overall shape for that matteR?

    • James Denz

      If you read the entire article, you would have read the part that state’s that this is likely just a test mule and an entirely new vehicle is expected.

  • Harry_Wild

    The TrailBlazer looks the same as the 2012 model!

    • James Denz

      Article states that this is a test mule and an entirely new vehicle is expected for 2021.

      • Harry_Wild

        Oh! Thanks, I cannot wait for the “new” model to be release!

  • Liam Paul

    as long as it is built here in the united states, other wise , just more trash

  • WalthamDan

    It looks like a 20-year old Hyundai product.

  • Wolverine350R

    Trailblazer ZR2 with current colorado looks or similar please. And the turbo 4 from the full size trucks.

  • Leconte Dave

    No effort

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