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.
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.