The first preproduction units of the upcoming Chevrolet Blazer have started to roll out of the General Motors Ramos Arizpe plant in the Northern state of Coahuila, local media reported earlier this week, although news outlets referred to it as the TrailBlazer.
The nameplate is expected to return to the North American market by the end of year not as an SUV, but as crossover, to fill the gap between the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.
Long before the presentation of the production car at the end of 2018, the vehicle will undergo various tests under different conditions. The production of pre-series models serves to secure and optimize future series production.
The vehicle will likely feature either a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter V6. Both mated to GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission also found in the Traverse and Buick Envision.