Chevrolet Trailblazer likely coming back to the U.S. as a 2020 model

New Trailblazer Activ trademark application could indicate multiple variants

Chevrolet launched a new Trailblazer during Auto Shanghai in April, and it looks to be on the way to the U.S. Such a move wouldn't mark a resurrection of the Trailblazer name, since the model carried on in Asia, Australia, and South America in 2012 after it died here in 2009. As with the Blazer crossover, the Trailblazer takes its design inspiration from last year's FNR-CarryAll concept, hence the family resemblance. The smaller offering wears similar slim DRLs but with angular headlights, a split grille, and sharply creased sides. The pictured model is in Redline trim, with 17-inch wheels.

The Bowtie hasn't gone into specifics yet, so we aren't sure how large or small the Trailblazer is compared to the subcompact Trax we already have, and what its arrival means for the Trax. The Trax rides on GM's Gamma II platform, while the Trailblazer utilizes the automaker's new, modular VSS-S architecture. As far back as two years ago, GM said it wanted to add another crossover to the Chevrolet lineup. GM Authority believes the Trailblazer will replace the Trax outright later this year, while Motor Trend reports the Trailblazer could slot in to the lineup between the Trax and the Equinox, perhaps as a more rugged or upscale entry in the same class.

On that rugged note, this month GM applied to register the name Chevrolet Trailblazer Activ with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Activ trim name has been used on the Spark in the U.S., and the Onix and Spin in South America on models with black cladding and beefier looks. If the Trailblazer replaces the Trax, an Activ model could provide the upscale entry Motor Trend mentioned. We should know more soon, since the Trailblazer is expected in the U.S. later this year as a 2020 model — and remember, a new Envoy might be coming with it.

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