Even though the gods of the Ren Cen saw fit to deliver us the Opel Astra, the capricious and jealous Dan Akerson still managed to deny his Chosen Ones the elusive diesel/manual body-on-frame SUV, leaving the faithful to wallow in a sea of front-drive, car-based gasoline powered crossovers that nobody ever buys. Ever.
The Thai-built Trailblazer shares a platform with the next-generation Colorado compact pickup. Despite extensive market research that suggests a potential market of 300 million Americans for the diesel version with the 5-speed manual version, GM has decided against bringing the Trailblazer to North America, leaving a gaping hole in its current lineup of the Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban and Colorado. Ultimately, GM’s move to ignore the healthy, oft-neglected “former 4.0 Cherokee owner” market will result in their eventual downfall, especially if the Holden Commodore SS Ute never makes it to North America.