• Mar 31, 2011
Mystery Chevy SUV prototypes – Click above to watch the video after the jump

Crossovers have gained the lion's share of America's utility attention over the past few years, but the SUV is anything but dead and gone. Until gas prices began to spike, those surviving body-on-frame (br)utes were actually selling fairly well. So is General Motors kicking itself for ending Trailblazer production instead of refreshing it? New spy video from Inside Line suggests that The General may have another off-road- and tow-ready utility vehicle on the way.

The post-jump video shows a pair of mid-size SUVs that appear to be based off the 2013 Chevrolet Colorado, a prototype of which also makes a cameo in the video. Judging by the chunky-looking running boards and solid rear axles, these prototypes are definitely SUVs and not tall cars. The heavily camouflaged vehicles appear to be tall and very square in appearance, and the shape of the Chevrolet grille appears pominently despite efforts to conceal its identity. Inside Line speculates that the finished product will likely hit the world stage in the next year, with production likely for 2013, though just because these prototypes were spotted around Detroit is no guarantee that the model will find its way into U.S. showrooms.

If such a vehicle were to arrive stateside, we expect GM to improve fuel economy with small engine options and perhaps a truck version of the company's eAssist hybrid technology. Hit the jump to watch the spy video for yourself. Top tip, Ed!



[Source: Inside Line | Photos: KGP Photography]



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      • 3 Years Ago
      As long as it has that horrible chevy front end I'm not interested.

      Must everything have the SAME grill? We get it GM, that's the face of chevy. Funny nobody else does this and they outsell you. Think Hyundai, ford, anybody.

      New GM is old GM minus 169 billion in liabilities and screwed over shareholders, bondholders and taxpayers. Still the same old thinking going on over there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This thing is pretty cool.

      OK, I'll throw out some specs for what I'd like to see: If Chevy made a version with four wheel drive that had a 190+ hp inline four, gets 19 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and was priced below $25,000 base (with only 4x4) I would totally consider buying it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait to find out the details on this one! I hope they make some major improvements over the last truck based SUVs... gas mileage would be first on my list!
      • 3 Years Ago
      It would be interesting to see how this pans out in terms of GM's product line - I mean, if they already have the Equinox, would this new B-O-F hauler occupy the same price-point? If so, how do you differentiate the two?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Exactly my point. I say send it to GMC
      • 3 Years Ago
      For better or worse, I would expect this to be compared with the Explorer and Durango.

      If body-on-frame really provides the advantages the stereotypes suggest, then this may have a good chance for retail success in the US.

      Could also provide the basis for a more modern police Explorer competitor...
      • 3 Years Ago
      A vehicle like this would be a GREAT candidate for a turbodiesel, shame that it probably won't get one here in the US.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This would be great! Maybe they could bring us a bare bones model.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since Ford neutered the Explorer, if they build this I might have to switch to Chevy.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This seems to be GMs game plan. Offering what Ford is killing off - BOF SUV, compact/midsize pickup
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe this is why the Equinox is being downsized, and this new "Trailblazer" will take over that slot.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They downsized the Equinox? It's named "compact", yes - but the size is still close to 4.8m, while a real compact SUV is 4,4-4,6m
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully they do come out with this and then Ford will bring back the Bronco! Wishful thinking I'd say...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe this will inspire Ford to build a new Bronco.
      • 3 Years Ago
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