Chevy continues its name recycling with the arrival of the 2021 Trailblazer. This all-new take on an old nameplate will separate itself from its vanilla past with a sleek, new design that is sure to stand out.
The 2021 Chevy Trailblazer will slide itself in the narrow slot between the subcompact Trax and the compact Equinox. While this provides more options for buyers, where the Trailblazer will really succeed is in the styling department, as this small crossover will boast a bold design language that will include thin headlight, a dual-port grille split by a chrome strikethrough, a striking nose, bulging rear hips, large taillights, a forward-leaning liftgate, and more.
The Trailblazer will come in five trims: L, LS, LT, ACTIV, and RS, with LS and above trims available with optional all-wheel drive. The RS trim will give it a sportier look with its mesh grille, black Chevy bow tie, and unique front splitter. The ACTIV model will enhance its off-road looks with 17-inch all-terrain rubber, a revised front fascia for added ground clearance, a two-tone roof, and standard roof rails.
Inside, the Trailblazer will continue its sharp style with angular air vents, pronounced cut lines in the dash, light color contrasting, and much more. The standard features inside the Trailblazer will be plentiful and include dual Bluetooth pairing, wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and more. Buyers can also opt for SiriusXM with 360L.
Under its hood, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer will boast two turbocharged engine options, a 1.2-liter four-cylinder and a 1.3-liter four-cylinder. Chevy says these engines will deliver “up to 155 horsepower,” but does not clarify if one is more powerful than the other. Both engines will come standard with continuously variable transmissions, but the 1.3-liter with all-wheel drive will have an available nine-speed automatic. The all-wheel-drive system will be selectable, so the driver can disengage it as they please and re-engage it when the roads get slick.
IIHS ratings are still a long way away, but Chevy will load the 2021 Trailblazer with all the key safety goodies testers like to see. These will include standard forward-collision alert, automatic emergency braking, front pedestrian braking, automatic high-beam headlights, lane-keep assist, a rearview camera, and more. This primes it to be an IIHS Top Safety Pick.