If it wasn't for the Blazer being available during a time the Trailblazer is about to launch, I bet we would be seeing a LWB version specifically for China.
Positioned above the mechanically-related Tracker and providing the base for the US-spec model that will arrive for the 2021 model year, the Trailblazer is available in five trim levels.
As with other Chevrolet products, the 2020 Trailblazer adopts the Redline/RS dual-appearance and dual-interior strategy. While the Redline “projects an expressive sporty and fashionable image,” the RS “ provides a more refined and powerful persona,” according to the automaker.
Inspired by the FNR-CarryAll concept SUV (and the Blazer, we might add), the new Trailblazer looks modern and sporty, with highlights including the “floating roof” design, sleek Camaro-inspired LED headlights, dual-port grille, taut bodyside lines, and bold hood shape. What matters more is that is is a practical SUV, offering 26 storage spaces in the cabin and up to 1,375 liters (48.5 cu ft) of cargo space with the rear seats folded down.
The compact crossover also offers Chevrolet’s new MyLink+ in-vehicle infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity which supports Apple CarPlay and Baidu CarLife and is fitted with USB and SD card slots. Furthermore, in-vehicle apps provide navigation, entertainment, music, news, real-time weather and traffic info.
As with the range-topping Tracker, the Trailblazer is powered by GM’s eighth-generation Ecotec 1.3T turbocharged three-cylinder which delivers 162 HP (164 PS) at 5,600 rpm and 177 lb-ft (240 Nm) of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. There’s a difference, though: while the Tracker only gets the 1.3-liter engine with a CVT, the Trailblazer can also be ordered with a nine-speed Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.
Along with the optional nine-speed auto, the 2020 Chevy Trailblazer gains a four-wheel-drive system that can be manually activated in 0.2 seconds via a switch. In this configuration, the compact SUV sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.3 seconds, with average fuel consumption rated at 6.7 liters/100 km (35.1 mpg).
The CVT-equipped front-wheel drive model is both quicker and more economical than the 4WD version, as it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds and averages 5.9 liters/100 km (39.8 mpg). It remains to be seen whether the U.S. model will get the 1.3-liter three-cylinder too, or switch to a more powerful four-cylinder unit.