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Chevrolet has been quite the busy automaker over the last twelve months, and the news just doesn’t stop. New engine technology, new models, new features, it’s all good stuff. Chevrolet debuted their new Chevrolet Blazer at the 2018 LA Auto Show late into the year, but it made a splash! An off-road vehicle was turned into an SUV/midsize crossover, and although the Blazer has recently gone on sale in North America, GM and Chevy are already planning to debut a new version, the Chevrolet Blazer XL. Without stopping, the latest from Chevrolet is the reveal of a new Trailblazer SUV and possibly the resurrection of an old nameplate.
Heading over to the Shanghai Auto Show, two new models will be debuted by Chevrolet. Because this is an auto show in China, most vehicles never make it to American shores, known only as Chinese-market exclusives. However, this year, all eyes are on Chevrolet and the talk of their new Trailblazer and Tracker models.
One is a subcompact crossover, about the same size as the current Chevy Trax currently on sale in North America. Its Chinese-counterpart is most likely the Tracker, and from what it sounds like, the Tracker debuting in Shanghai may be a preview of the next-generation Trax. Powertrains and options packages will most likely be different than they’ll get overseas. Regardless, the Chevrolet Trax went into production overseas in 2013 and came to the U.S. in 2015. It’s time for a redesign, and the Tracker could be it.
The major focus will be the new Trailblazer. Having stopped production ten years ago, 2009, and revived in international markets in 2012, the Trailblazer may be a household name for those with a winter season that produces snow. It was quite the vehicle, but it handled all terrain types with ease, even ice. Only teasers have been released so far (seen above), with the one on the left resembling the Chevrolet Blazer. That leaves consumers wondering if the new Trailblazer is really a new off-road ready crossover or just the Blazer under a different name.
At the moment, we just know that Chevrolet announced the Trailblazer name will get its revival during the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January. With the Shanghai Auto Show set for April 2019, Chevy has decided to announce the new Trailblazer on April 16. There’s more good news - this isn’t only Chevy name getting a revival – maybe.
Bringing Back the Cavalier?
Maybe, maybe not. Automaker Dodge filed registration for “Cuda” a few years back, but no Barracuda models are in sight. Nonetheless, General Motors filed for the rights to the "Cavalier" and "Chevrolet Cavalier" trademarks on Wednesday, March 27, with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). These trademarks are in relation to "motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles, sport utility vehicles, trucks, vans, engines therefor and structural parts thereof."
Does the name sound familiar? With production ending in 2005, the name is over a decade old, having belonged to the third-generation of its family of compact Cavalier models, available as four-door sedans, two-door coupes, and two-door convertibles. Oddly enough, the new Cavalier is already on sale in North America by GM/Chevrolet. With the discontinuation of the Cruze in the North American market, and the Chevy Sonic slowly puttering out, a compact-sized hole will soon be present in the Chevy lineup. When asked about the registration and future plans, GM declined to comment, as per the course for automakers on new models.
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