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Holden’s ageing Trax small SUV has been on sale in its current-generation form in the Australian market since 2013, but a successor has yet to be named for the small crossover.
First shown earlier this year at the Shanghai motor show and touching down on American soil this week at the Los Angeles motor show, the Chevy Trailblazer could be Holden’s answer to the likes of the Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-30, Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross and Kia Seltos.
Measuring 4411mm long, 1808mm wide, up to 1664mm tall and with a 2640mm wheelbase, the Chevy Trailblazer slots in just below the Equinox as a larger small SUV, which would also leave space for the Trax to tackle the Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Venue and Mitsubishi ASX.
Styled after the Blazer large SUV, itself based on the same underpinnings as the Holden Acadia (badged as a GMC in the US), the Trailblazer sports slim headlights and athletic proportions.
Available in two trims overseas – the Activ and RS – standard equipment includes autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, automatic high beams, lane-keep assist and reversing camera, while adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring are available as options.
The Activ will be geared towards off-road use thanks to 17-inch wheels with thick rubber, improved ground clearance and a two-tone roof with rails, while the RS is the sportier looking alternative.
Power comes from either a 1.2- or 1.3-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine, with the latter producing 121kW.
Driving the front wheels as standard via a continuously variable automatic transmission, Chevrolet will also offer an all-wheel-drive option that also gains a nine-speed torque converter auto when paired with the larger displacement engine.
Of course, if Holden were to introduce the Chevrolet Trailblazer small SUV, a name change would be in order, but the brand denied to make a comment on its future plans.