2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer Introduction – The Trailblazer was last made for the US market back in 2008, and it was discontinued because GM decided to replace it with a crossover. This offered more room, better fuel efficiency but it lost all of its great traits in the process. This luckily didn’t happen on the International market, though. Chevrolet has been selling the Trailblazer in a few markets, and so far it has been quite successful. The car shares its chassis and most of the design with the Colorado pickup.
Like its pickup counterpart, the SUV has been updated for the 2017 model year with a new design and a better interior. It seems that GM might also bring it to the US market as the 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer with a minimal amount of changes. This hasn’t been confirmed up to this point, but some of its rivals are releasing similar vehicles which will mean GM will have to respond.
2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer Price and More Details
So far it seems that the 2018 version of the Trailblazer might get a revised suspension system and possibly improved engines. Most of the car, on the other hand, will remain unchanged but that is fine with us. The Trailblazer manages to offer a rather composed ride without having to sacrifice its off-road capabilities or towing capacity. So far not much has been said about its price, but it should be similar to what the current version sells on the International market. It now starts at the equivalent of $35,000, and it comes with plenty of features for the price. Lower end models are available in some parts of the world for as low as $30,000 which is still pretty good considering its engine.
Like we said, the car did receive an update a short while ago, so it is unlikely for the 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer to change all that much about it. In fact, we expect the new model to be mostly identical to the ongoing version of the car. The front end will likely carry Chevrolet’s new corporate two-piece grille and its new LED daylight running lights. The halogen fog lamps and the standard halogen lights might get replaced with Xenon units. These would improve nighttime visibility without impacting cost all that much. Currently, Chevrolet is also offering a Z71 package in some markets. This not only adds some upgrades to its running gear but it also brings a much more aggressive exterior. This includes blacked out 18-inch rims wrapped in all season tires, blacked out accents all around the car and also a unique set of colors. For the 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer, this package is not expected in quite a few more markets.
Even though it is based on a truck, the current Trailblazer managed to impress with its ride quality. This has been possible thanks to its independent suspension system, bulky tires, and great seats. The 2018 version of the car is expected to improve on that. How? Well, the seats might get better side bolsters on the higher end models, the cheap-looking steering wheel is expected to be gone while the materials should improve on quality in the rest of the cabin. The result should be something that will not only look premium, but it will also feel like it.
Under the Hood
The current 2.5-liter diesel, the 3.6 liter V6, and the 2.8 liters inline-four diesel are all expected to be carried over to the 2018 Chevrolet Trailblazer. If the car actually hits the US market, then we do expect some changes. The 2.5-liter engine is likely not going to hit the US market anytime soon. However, both the 3.6 and the 2.8-liter engines are already available on the US Colorado. The 2.8-liter engine will likely continue to make 200 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque, but the 3.6 liters V6 will more than likely get a huge bump in its output. It now makes just 239 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque. The US model will likely get GM’s newer V6 unit which is known to make as much as 335 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. On top of that, the new engine is also known to be considerably more efficient. The six-speed automatic gearbox is likely going to stay even though GM has a new ten-speed version. Rear or all-wheel drive is still going to be offered depending on the model of choice.