Does Chevrolet plan to expand its SUV lineup in the United States? Some Chevrolet dealers think so.
Over the past several months several Chevy dealers have indicated they expect General Motors' new mid-sized TrailBlazer to join the brand's U.S. lineup.
The good-looking concept debuted in November at the Dubai International Motor Show. The seven-seat SUV will be sold globally, beginning early this year in Thailand, where it will be equipped with a diesel engine.
The TrailBlazer is based on the redesigned Colorado, a body-on-frame pickup that's been engineered for global markets and the United States.
Sales of the redesigned Colorado are expected to begin in 2013.
Chevrolet sells vehicles in over 130 markets outside the United States, but the automaker hasn't said which markets will get the SUV.
The TrailBlazer name is familiar to most Americans. During the SUV craze last decade, TrailBlazer was a very successful mid-sized SUV, offered in five- and seven-passenger versions.
But Chevrolet discontinued the TrailBlazer nameplate here back in 2008 due to rising gasoline prices coupled with disappointing fuel economy.
So, will the TrailBlazer name resurface in the United States?
Jeff Luke, vehicle line executive for General Motors' trucks and crossovers, said it was considered for the U.S. market, "but we have no plans to bring it here."