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News Chevy Confirms Chevrolet Trailblazer Will Replace Trax

Chevy Confirms Chevrolet Trailblazer Will Replace Trax

The Chevrolet Trailblazer nameplate will return in 2020 as a replacement for the Chevrolet Trax. 

General Motors Product Communications Manager Philippe-André Bisson confirmed to us  today that the Chevrolet Trailblazer would replace the Trax as Chevy’s entry-level SUV starting next year. We’re not sure yet if the new model will keep the same look as the Trailblazer unveiled in Shanghai, but we’re guessing it won’t be far off.

After bringing back the Blazer last year, Chevrolet is now reviving a second nameplate of the past except this time, they are taking the name in a different direction. The original Chevrolet Trailblazer was a husky three-row mid-sized SUV that shared its parts and mechanics with the GMC Envoy and was sold from 2001 to 2009. The Trailblazer was then replaced by the current Traverse and forgotten.

Chevrolet Trailblazer 2008
Chevrolet Trailblazer 2008 | Photo: Chevrolet

Now, Chevrolet is bringing the name the a completely different segment. The 2020 Chevrolet Trailblazer will serve as Chevy’s urban or subcompact SUV and will compete with the Nissan Kicks, Ford EcoSport and all-new 2020 Hyundai Venue among others. No word yet on specs, powertrains and pricing.

Although the Trailblazer name would have worked better as a Traverse replacement, the Chevrolet Trax is in desperate need of attention as its competition heats up. A new name will certainly help attract more consumers to Chevrolet showrooms. Stay tuned for more details.

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  1. Not a good look. Very unattractive. Sorry, Chevrolet, but my 2005 Trailblazer had a signature look and this is not an improvement. It’s a downgraded cookie-cutter look that does not impress. All of these new vehicles look the same. They all have a huge cheap looking grill with tiny, extremely bright white lights. Front yellow lights are gone. It used to be that when you looked at new a car, you knew the Brand without walking around to the back to look at the name. Now every car looks the same. Porsche, Cadillac, BMW, and Chevy, has all cheapened the look with this huge grill which looks like an aggressive monster with big teeth. Owners of the 2005 Chevy Trailblazer do not want a small crossover vehicle. We want big and roomy with superior comfort. I don’t like this new Chevy Trailblazer Crossover and I will not buy it.


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