Chevrolet Trailblazer Model History
New and Used Trailblazer Prices, Chevrolet Trailblazer Model Years and History
All New and Used Trailblazer Model Years and History
Originally conceived as an upscale trim level version of the Chevrolet Blazer in 1999, the TrailBlazer became its own mid-sized sport utility vehicle in 2002. Replacing the Blazer small sport utility vehicle, the TrailBlazer invoked a stronger sense of refinement than its predecessor did. Aiming for the middle-class families that were tempted by the Ford Explorer, the 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer came standard with a 270-horsepower 4.2-liter six-cylinder engine, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock braking system, air conditioning as well as front and side-impact airbags. One year after the sales premiere of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, the mid-sized sport utility vehicle was expanded to include an extended length model and a new engine.
Included with third row seating, the seven-passenger 2003 TrailBlazer EXT Along with possessing a cargo volume of 100.2 cubic feet with the back two rows of seating folded down, the Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT’s production lasted from 2003 to 2006. Also in 2003, a 290-horsepower 5.3-liter V-8 powerplant was first offered on a Chevrolet mid-sized sport utility vehicle. Optional with the TrailBlazer EXT model, the V-8 engine provided enough momentum to tow up to 7,200 pounds. A North Face Edition package was also introduced on the 2003 TrailBlazer the included special seating as well as standard liftgate luggage rack, rain-sense windshield wipers and a clothesline.
Another V-8 engine was planted into the Chevrolet TrailBlazer for 2006 as an SS model was introduced. The 2006 TrailBlazer SS received a 395-horsepower 6.0-liter V-8 paired with a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels and some minor styling changes. The truck-based TrailBlazer ended production after the 2009 model year and was replaced by the more car-like Chevrolet Traverse crossover. Discontinued in North America since 2009, Chevrolet revived the TrailBlazer name in 2012 for some international markets.