The handsome-and-not-for-us 2013 Chevrolet Trailblazer has begun driving off the lines in Thailand at the General Motors plant in Rayong. Debuted at the Dubai Auto Show last year, the Trailblazer could be seen to squeeze between the Traverse and Tahoe if it were sold here, combining a brawnier version of the unibody Traverse's looks with the body-on-frame off-road capability of the forthcoming Colorado pickup replacement.

Underhood are one of two turbodiesels, either a 2.5-liter with 150 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, or a 2.8-liter with 180 hp and 346 lb-ft, working through either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic. The seven-seat Trailblazer is earmarked for sale in 50 global markets, but it isn't expected in North American showrooms. Scroll down for a press release on the Job One Trailblazer.
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First All-New Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV Built in Thailand

RAYONG, Thailand (2012-06-07) – The first production units of the all-new Chevrolet Trailblazer are now rolling off General Motors Thailand's (GM) production line in Rayong.

The range-topping LTZ model fitted with the 2.8-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine was greeted by the facility's 5,200 employees, key suppliers and Chevrolet dealers from across the country. The Rayong plant is the first in the world to build the new Trailblazer, which will be sold in Thailand and exported to more than 50 markets across Southeast Asia and beyond.

"The Trailblazer will be built in Thailand for Thailand, and soon also make its way into the rest of the world. And delivery of the Trailblazer to our customers starts right now," said Martin Apfel, President of GM Thailand/Southeast Asia.

Based on General Motors' new global body-on-frame midsize truck architecture, the seven-seat Trailblazer features premium ride comfort and handling dynamics for urban and highway driving, matched by superior off-road capabilities.

"Production is now getting into full-swing. Since May this year, we have added a third shift to our assembly and powertrain plants," Apfel said. "The increase in production isn't just to meet customer orders for the Trailblazer, but also to address increasing demand for the Colorado truck, which we have started exporting earlier this year. At the same time, demand for other models is also growing. This will be a very busy year for Chevrolet."

The Trailblazer will be available in seven exterior colors: Summit White, Black Sapphire, Sizzle Red, Auburn Brown, Blue Mountain, Royal Gray and Switchblade Silver.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      This needs to come to the US. When looking at GM's SUV lineup not everyone wants a large Tahoe or Surburban just to get some actual utility out of their SUV, and those who want that aren't going to buy an Equinox or Terrain. A manual with a turbodiesel would just be icing on a very delicious cake.
      Dark Gnat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Supposedly the Equinox will be getting smaller. That may open a slot for the Trailblazer. We can only hope.
      • 3 Years Ago
      God dammit Chevy bring this here, many here would love a diesel SUV like this that is has space and looks like this, yet also gets nearly 30mpg
      • 3 Years Ago
      Give me one with a 6sp and a diesel, and I would be filling out the loan application at my credit union like yesterday. Are you listening, GM? This is what will bring me back to buying Domestic.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can see this eventually finding it's way here, after the next generation downsized Equinox is released. I'd buy one tomorrow if it were offered here now.
      Wide Slicks
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad it won't be coming over here as it would compete in the Jeep GC class (the mid-size v6/v8 option suv category whose available models are really down to 2 domestics - GC and Durango) very well!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a toughened-up Equinox to me.
      คาปูชิโน คาปูชิโน
      i am want to tell the problem for you mr.martin this is the problem you never know in your company.
      Dejon Watson
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 1st with with those wheel and ride height make we wanna --->
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just wonder what would be the crash test rating for this one! This might be the reason that they won't/can't sell it in the us market.... just saying...
      • 3 Years Ago
      These kinds of SUV's are very common in south east asia, they are mid-sized SUV's that are very capable and a good value for money.
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