Holden's trailblazing SUV for 2013
10th November, 2011
Holden’s new trailblazing SUV for 2013 has broken cover at
the Dubai Motor Show.
Making its global debut as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, General Motors' new SUV will arrive in Australia
as the Holden Colorado 7 and will be the first heavy-duty off-roading SUV to wear a Holden badge in
almost a decade.
Due in Australia in the first quarter of 2013, the Colorado 7 will bear a close resemblance to the
imposing show car when it enters production next year.
The Trailblazer has been developed alongside the new-generation Colorado with which it shares its
architecture and underpinnings.
The Trailblazer’s chassis is tuned for the dual requirements of heavy-duty off-road performance and
ride comfort in urban and city driving, while its body-on-frame construction makes it an ideal vehicle
With accommodation for up to seven passengers and genuine third-row seating, Trailblazer is powered
by a new-generation 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine, with a variable-geometry turbocharger for the optimal
combination of performance and fuel economy.
Holden Executive Director Marketing, Sales and Aftersales John Elsworth said the Colorado 7 would
build on the reputation of Holden’s Colorado utility.
“The Trailblazer show car is an impressive-looking vehicle, and it’s pretty close to what customers
will see when the Holden Colorado 7 arrives in Australia in 2013,” he said.
“Colorado 7 will also offer excellent interior flexibility and comfort for up to seven passengers
across a third row of seats.”
“It will have the fuel-efficiency and interior comfort of a modern family SUV, along with the
towing ability of a working vehicle and the off-road capability of a true 4X4. We’re confident it will
have all bases well and truly covered.”
Trailblazer’s styling and bold design presence were crafted in GM’s South American Design Centre in
São Caetano do Sul, Brazil.
Its “body in-wheels out” design ensures excellent approach and departure angles, while design cues
including the bonnet power dome, raised cowl and higher-mounted dual projector headlamps give the
Trailblazer a strong, purposeful appearance. Polished aluminium exterior highlights and tri-coat
pearlescent white paint add to the show car’s luxury exterior finish.
Inside, the Trailblazer has an intuitive and flexible seating configuration, premium interior
appointments such as digital climate control system and USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
Trailblazer joins the growing portfolio of new GM products designed for global markets, which
includes the Cruze, Barina, the upcoming Colorado LCV and the mid-sized Malibu sedan.
Trailblazer takes centre stage on the Chevrolet stand at the Dubai Motor Show from 10th-14th November.
The Dubai Show is the largest automotive event in the region.