New Chevy SUVs: Introducing the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer
Say hello to the newest member of the Chevrolet family – the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer! This petite model will be the latest addition to the lineup of Chevy SUVs, and it is here to impress. Starting at just under $20,000, it’s available in five trim levels and has a slew of standard and optional safety features. Cheaper than its older brother, the Trax, it’s a great choice for small families on a budget. Our experts here at DePaula Chevy are excited to tell you everything we know about this sparking new ride.
Performance and Capabilities
If you are considering purchasing a 2021 Chevy Trailblazer when it hits dealership lots, you should first be aware of the two engine options you have to choose from. The standard engine is a turbocharged 1.2-liter 4-cylinder, and the optional engine is a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder. Most of the performance numbers have not yet been released, but we do know that the larger 1.3-liter engine will generate 155 horsepower and 174 lb-ft of torque. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is standard, but the bigger engine can be fitted with a 9-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.
Cargo Space and Seating
With available seating for five passengers, the upcoming Trailblazer will have more interior space to offer than the Trax. With a maximum cargo area of 54.4 cubic feet, drivers can configure the back of the vehicle by folding down the 60/40 split-folding second row.
Available in five trims, there is something for everyone in this lineup. Although very few details have been released at this time, we do know a little bit about each trim.
The base L includes front safety features and LED daytime running lights for optimal visibility. Next is the LS model, which adds a fold-flat front passenger seat and 17-inch aluminum wheels. The mid-level LT is where things start to get nicer. Heated seats provide comfort during the winter months, remote start technology enables drivers to get the vehicle warmed up before stepping outside in the cold, foglamps enhance the overall visibility, and roof rails add much need storage options. You can travel with oddly shaped items or extra luggage secured to the top of the vehicle with no problem.
Then we have the ACTIV trim, which includes sporty features such as rugged sport-terrain tires, a larger grille, a two-tone roof, and dual exhaust. This athletically-styled model also features leatherette upholstery for a more upscale look inside the cabin. Finally, the top-of-the-line RS model adds more stylish features like larger 18-inch machined-aluminum wheels with sleek black inserts. It also comes with a flat-bottom steering wheel for a sportier look and unique cloth/leatherette seating with contrasting red accents.
Going wireless is the ultimate goal of Chevy when it comes to entertainment and tech features. With an infotainment interface that is compatible with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto, drivers can easily make calls, send texts, stream playlists, and use apps without taking their hands off the wheel. The Chevrolet Infotainment 3 System is an advanced interface that is typically displayed on a 7-inch touchscreen. It also works in unison with the rearview camera to show you what’s behind the SUV before you start backing up. There are different levels of this system, and navigation can be added at higher trims. It’s also worth noting that Bluetooth connectivity is capable of syncing up to two mobile devices at a time.
A wireless charging pad is also available for higher trim levels. This helps to keep the cabin decluttered from annoying cables.
Standard Safety Features
Here’s where things get interesting. The amount of advanced safety features that come standard on all trims is staggering. Let’s break them down so that you can better understand what you’re getting.
Automatic emergency braking is included to help avoid collisions at speeds under 50 mph. If the sensor indicates that a collision is imminent, the system will alert the driver to the potential hazard. If no action is taken to avoid the impending collision, the system will apply the brakes hard and bring the vehicle to a complete stop. With function works closely with the forward collision alert system, which is what sensing obstacles further down the road. It also works with the Following Distance Indicator. If the driver is following too closely behind the vehicle in front, this system will give a warning in the form of a message notification accompanied by an audible chime.
Playing off of both of those safety features is Front Pedestrian Braking. At speeds of under 50 mph, this system can detect if a pedestrian enters the road in front of your vehicle. It can then apply hard braking to stop the vehicle before impact. You should note that this system is limited at nighttime.
Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning is also included on all Trailblazer models. If you begin to drift out of your lane, the system will alert you to slide back in-between your designated lines. It also alerts the driver if the lane is crossed.
The Rear Vision Camera is something that is included, as well. A video feed showing what is directly behind the vehicle is displayed on the central touchscreen monitor. Guidelines also help with maneuvering into tight spaces while avoiding fender benders. This feature is perfect for people who have to perform parallel street parking maneuvers frequently.
Teen Driver Technology is another standard feature that provides parents with a report card showing their child’s driving habits. It also disables the audio functions of the vehicle until the seatbelt is fastened.
Finally, the last standard safety operation is the Rear Seat Reminder. This system is activated when the second-row door is opened and closed before driving off. Once you reach your destination, five audible chimes will sound to remind you to look in the back before exiting the vehicle.
Optional Safety Features
We aren’t done with the safety features just yet. The upcoming 2021 Chevy Trailblazer can also be equipped with several advanced safety features, including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change alert, adaptive cruise control, rear park assist, OnStar, and an HD rearview camera. These functions depend on which trim level you decided to go with.
Out With the Old
If the name Trailblazer sounds familiar, you’re not going crazy. This vehicle has been released by Chevrolet before. However, the old Trailblazer was a mid-size SUV that was based on a truck design. The upcoming 2021 version is a subcompact crossover with more catlike features for the ultimate experience in comfort. Exterior styling elements for this new model are also inspired by the Chevy Camaro for a more aggressive look from the outside.
Purchasing a 2021 Chevy Trailblazer
If you want to purchase the upcoming Chevy Trailblazer, it is not scheduled to be hitting dealership lots until the spring of this year. That’s not too far away. If you can’t wait that long, at DePaula Chevrolet, we have plenty of new and used Chevy models available on our lot. Visit us today in Albany, NY.