Our Predictions for the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer
At Frank Kent Country, we are obsessed about the SUV. This style has taken over the auto industry, outshining previous giants like the commuter sedan. Nowadays, drivers expect their cars to be able to do it all, and the SUV is certainly appeals to that desire. At our dealership, we offer a plethora of new and preowned SUVs to choose from and are always excited about what Chevy has planned next. Today, the current champion on the court is the Chevy Blazer; however, confirmed news about the possibility of a smaller competitor titled the Chevy Trailblazer has us interested. The Chevy Trailblazer promises to be a rugged compact SUV that brings a lot to the table satisfying both the daily commuter and the practical adventurer. Since we’re a dealership obsessed about the SUV, it’s only natural for us to speculate about what the future holds for the Chevy SUV. While it may be some time before you find something like the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer from your local Chevy dealership, it is not too farfetched to imagine what is in store for this impressive SUV. So join us, as we consider all of the possibilities in store for Chevy’s future compact SUV and how it’ll stack up against what’s already on the market.
The Changing of the Guard
Before we delve into the ‘what ifs’ we believe it is important to consider what already is, and what’s already offered by the Chevy Trailblazer’s bigger potential competitor, the Chevy Blazer. The 2019 Chevy Blazer hit showroom floors in early 2019 to plenty of praise. One look at the Blazer and one could see how Chevy planned to stand out from the crowded field of crossovers. In terms of exterior styling, the Chevy Blazer hits the nail on the head, taking a clear departure from previous iterations by offering a rugged yet modern look that attempts to garner appeal from the entire spectrum of SUV lovers.
Starting at $28,800 MSRP, the Chevy Blazer isn’t a bad deal either, offering a solid launching point for hopeful owners. The 2019 Chevy Blazer can be picked up in one of four models the L, LT, RS, and Premier. Base models of the Chevy Blazer start strong offering a 193 hp 2.5L 4-cylinder engine paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission that is fairly smooth. Take things up a notch, and you’ll be gifted with a roaring 308 horsepower 3.6L V6 engine that can haul up to 4,500 lbs without breaking a sweat. On top of that, for potential commuters, 4-cylinder versions of the Chevy Blazer earn a pretty worthwhile 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
Moving beyond just the specs, the 2019 Chevy Blazer comes with plenty of bells and whistles. For starters, the Chevy Blazer offers up plenty of cargo room, providing 30.5 cu.ft. of cargo space behind the rear seats. When those seats are folded, drivers can enjoy a spacious 64.2 cu.ft. of cargo space. Base models of the 2019 Chevy Blazer get some solid comfort features including dual-zone automatic climate control, 4 USB ports, an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, keyless ignition, and in-car wireless internet hardware; that’s quite the package for a vehicle starting at $28,800 MSRP. If you’re looking to top out on the Chevy Blazer, you can expect premium features like a Bose audio system, a power tailgate, a heated steering wheel, remote start, and a wireless smartphone charging station.
Safety was also a huge deal for Chevy this year. Base models come with features like an intuitive warning system that alerts drivers when the rear passenger seatbelts aren’t buckled. AWD is also an available feature; however, can only be found on the LT, RS, and Premier trims options; you’ll also have to enjoy the extra power provided by the V6 engine. Taking things to the top, the 2019 Chevy Blazer offers forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and rear parking sensors.
While this is quite the package, there are many areas where the 2019 Chevy Blazer misses the mark. While the fuel economy is alright for its size, this is certainly an area where the Chevy Trailblazer could stand to improve, especially as competitors like Jeep moving towards plug-in hybrid options. The future 2021 Chevy Trailblazer ought to offer more safety features as standard. Features like automatic emergency braking and blind-spot monitors are becoming par-the-course on the base models of competitor vehicles, and standing out from the crowded crossover field means meeting and exceeding the competition.
The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is certain to be a game-changer, standing to expand the Chevy SUV lineup, and provide possible competition for its larger counterpart.
What We Can Expect from the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer
To be fair, it is still pretty early in the game to be discussing the potentialities surrounding a 2021 model of the Chevy Trailblazer. There are very few confirmed specs, but what we know seems to be what we can expect. For one the Chevy Trailblazer stands to be a compact crossover, that is expected to position itself somewhere between the Chevy Trax and the Chevy Equinox. The Chevy Trailblazer is also expected to have a turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the only engine option, which makes sense considering the predicted sizing. Unfortunately, there is no news regarding the possibility of a hybrid option, but we hope that the Chevy Trailblazer’s sizing makes for solid fuel economy. An AWD drivetrain is also optional on some Trailblazer configurations.
At first glance, the Chevy Trailblazer will look a lot like its full-sized counterpart. Driver’s will find that sprawling grille, the vertical headlights, black accents, and sizeable wheels. Photos released of the 2021 Trailblazer show a compact SUV that, like the Chevy Blazer, straddles that line between rugged and modern. Moving into the interior, we can expect to find trimmings that are refreshingly sparing. Far too often, we’ve noticed a trend towards oversized infotainment screens that command attention from the center console. Instead, the Chevy Trailblazer sports a modestly sized infotainment screen, that blends into the rest of the stylishly black interior. However, the images that were released were of the RS trim option, so there is still potential for expansion in higher trim options.
In terms of the bells and whistles, the Chevy Blazer is expected to come packed with standard features, which is a fantastic surprise. Base models of the Chevy Trailblazer will include features like automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warnings. For a bit more cash, drivers can add more advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control and a rearview camera mirror.
In terms of release and pricing, Chevy has announced that the Trailblazer will hit showroom floors in early 2020. We can also expect a full list of specifications once we get closer to the release date. Pricing is still a bit of a mystery as well. However, experts are predicting that the Trailblazer will start at around $22,000 MSRP.
While the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is still a long way out from release, our team here at Frank Kent Country in Corsicana, TX, are excited to talk shop and build hype around this future compact SUV. To ease your anticipation, we’ll also gladly set up test drives of vehicles like the 2019 Chevy Blazer to give you some idea of what you can expect from this sleek new compact crossover.