We're in the heart of General Motors' downtown Detroit headquarters for a press conference tied to the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet, and Chris Perry, the brand's Vice President of Global Marketing and Strategy, has just confirmed a new TrailBlazer SUV. To be based on the company's new global mid-size Colorado pickup, the vehicle will be unveiled November 10 at the Dubai Motor Show.

Chevrolet officials have not yet offered word on where this vehicle will be built or in which markets it will be available, but given that the Colorado has recently been confirmed for the U.S., we wouldn't be surprised to see a new TrailBlazer once again plying America's roads.

Earlier this year, we received spy photos and a video of a new mid-size General Motors SUV testing near the automaker's headquarters, meaning development of the Colorado-based TrailBlazer could already be well under way.

More details as they become available.

UPDATE: General Motors has released an official teaser image (above) as well as a press release, available after the jump. The automaker confirms that the 2013 TrailBlazer will first go on sale in Thailand beginning in early 2012.
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Chevrolet Announces All-new Global Midsize SUV

DETROIT – Chevrolet will introduce the all-new, 2013 TrailBlazer midsize SUV in global markets, beginning in Thailand, in early 2012. Built on a new global midsize platform developed by GM do Brasil, the TrailBlazer will combine the hauling and towing capability of an SUV with the ride comfort and efficiency of a crossover. The new TrailBlazer will be unveiled at Dubai International Motor Show, Nov. 10-14.

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 140 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended gasoline range, according to EPA estimates. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions, and OnStar availability can be found at www.chevrolet.com.


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      Glynn Hadskey
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would be happy to see this. I have not been real excited about the prospect of replacing our 04 TB, that is not a pile of crap. We have had very few problems and use the four wheel drive and towing ability every weekend during fox hunting season. Only complaint is fuel economy, but that's the trade off.
      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is interesting. I support it, because it'd appeal to me personally, but I'm not sure if there's a great business case for it. I don't really think it'd canibilaze sales from the Equinox or Traverse, I just think it'd have a rather low take rate. Unless they do some really great powertrain options, that is. I like the idea of it, just not sure if there's many more like me out there. Crossovers appeared and grew popular for a reason. People want the room, versatilty, and looks of an SUV w/out the rough ride, horrid mileage, immense weight, etc that comes along w/ them. Plus a vast majority of them don't tow, and will never do anymore off-roading than driving down a gravel driveway. But I hope they do make it, and it has some awesome engines, and it sells well. In short, I hope they prove me wrong. I sell GM's, so I won't complain about a new model if it brings customers in. As for the Trailblazer of old, meh. They were great when they came out, and overall pretty solid from a reliability standpoint, but they weren't updated enough and suffered from questionable build quality and materials. They were most definitely ready to be put out to pasture. Here's to hoping they get this one right.
      Snark
      • 3 Years Ago
      Before anybody gets too worked up, consider that this may be for the Asian market only - where they also sell vehicles like the Ford Everest, Toyota Fortuner, and Isuzu MU-7, all based off midsize pickups, and all of which aren't sold here. This may be only for that market.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Snark
        GM announced yesterday that the Colorado that is currently being sold in Asia, is going to be sold here in the US. GM needs to have an SUV to compete with the new Explorer and new Grand Cherokee.
          EXP Jawa
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Except that the Traverse was intended to replace the last Trailblazer. That Ford wants you to believe that the Explorer is still an SUV doesn't change the fact that both it and the Traverse are essentially the same type of vehicle - largish, unitbodied, FWD-based, car-platform derived tall wagons with 5 doors and available AWD. Both are crossovers. Both fit the new model for what an SUV is. Neither is truly off-road capable. So, if GM brings back a body-on-frame SUV to augment their large CUV that was an SUV replacement, does that imply that the CUV wasn't entirely successful in replacing the SUV in the market?
          tnsubie
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          You said "GM needs to have an SUV to compete with the new Explorer..." The Traverse and its iterations compete directly with the Explorer and other midsize SUVs. Whether you prefer BOF over unibody doesn't change what the market prefers or how manufacturers reach that market.
          DrEvil
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          What the Heck are you talking about? I have the Lambda numbers through Sept. 2011, Have Explorer Numbers through July 2011. July 2011 Sales numbers: Explorer ------ 9,897 Acadia --------10,424 Enclave ------- 6,145 Traverse ----- 14,283 Some competition. FYI: Lifetime Totals of current Lambda CUVs through Sept. 30 2011. Acadia -------- 323,333 Enclave ------- 216,972 Traverse ------ 290,738 OutLook ------- 73,254 (now defunct) All Time Total: 904,297
          David Becker
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          The Traverse was built to replace the minivans that GM had that were garbage, and the "crossover" style allowed for a clean sheet build that left all the bad baggage behind. It may have meant to slightly compete with the Explorer or other crossovers, or that may be what the market has come to conclude, but this was always meant to replace minivans: note the exceptionally large 3rd row that is actually usable and easy to access.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Uh the Traverse is a crossover, not an SUV. Please, refrain from ever correcting people the rest of the day.
      Edward
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice, I've been want to get an SUV for going up to snow and for other outdoor adventures. Right now I like the Equinox, but would like something with more room. If there is no Trailblazer then it would have to be a jump up to the Traverse or Tahoe. Toyota has more SUVs per make than GM. Equinox/Rav4, Trailblazer/4runner, Tahoe/Sequoia, Suburban/Land Cruiser. Still leaves FJ Cruiser and highlander to compare with. GM has: GMC, Buick, Chevrolet, and Cadillac. Toyotoa has: Toyota, Lexus, Scion Toyota, if I count correctly has 9 SUVs, while GM has 12. So it's proportionate, 3/4(brands)....9/12(suv's). If you want to be bias you can say the Suburban and Yukon are just stretched versions of the same model, like Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan. So, in that persperctive, Toyota has more SUVs.
      MAX
      • 3 Years Ago
      Use of the term "Government Motors"=useful idiot and bootlicker for the 1%
        hevace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MAX
        How dare anyone express any misgivings at all over how THEIR OWN TAX MONEY is used. Licking boots is an improvement over what you're doing.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Your credibility on judging the looks of ANY GM car has been ruined from your past NEGATIVE posts against GM. Of course you're going to think it's ugly. It's no surprise to us anymore.
        • 3 Years Ago
        [blocked]
        stickshiftn69
        • 3 Years Ago
        Laser = @sshole
        Chase
        • 3 Years Ago
        Uh-You-What?- You can't even see it dude.
          Hazdaz
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Chase
          He can't see anything. His blind, misplaced anger toward anything and everything has tainted this view of the world. We'd all be better without him.
      zzzzzz
      • 3 Years Ago
      I sure hope it's better than the last Trailblazer. What a steaming pile of crap.
        GreasyT
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zzzzzz
        Why was it a pile of crap? We owned a 2008 with the in-line 6. It did a great job of hauling our 25-ft travel trailer and anything else we asked for it to do. It had a great turning radius for an SUV so parking lots were much easier than a full size SUV. We never had one problem or recall for the 3 years we had it. i know, it doesn't handle like a Corvette, have the interior of a Cadillac, or get the gas mileage of a Sonic.
          stickshiftn69
          • 3 Years Ago
          @GreasyT
          because wvu304 is a GM hating moron who doesnt know sh!t
        David Becker
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zzzzzz
        @wvu304: stupid interwebs comments are stupid
      JarrodL86
      • 3 Years Ago
      Dang. Looks like some Autoblog Greenie is passing out downvotes for anyone commenting not bashing this thing today. Aww, gee! Thanks!
      Radioactive Flea
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thank god. No more sissy car based FWD SUV's. I almost had a heart attack over the Explorer.
      Mike K
      • 3 Years Ago
      They're gonna ruin it, just like Ford ruined the Explorer... sigh...
      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think they should search for a new name. The old Trailblazer is famous for its deadliness to teenagers.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 3 Years Ago
      I liked the Trailblazer. Sure it was cheap on the inside the it looked nice and the inline 6 was a great motor. The SS really got the job done and didn't dumb itself down and not work as a workhorse.
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