What's Wrong With This Picture: No Country For Old-School SUVs Edition

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer
what s wrong with this picture no country for old school suvs edition

Based on Chevy’s new Global Colorado, this Trailblazer is an old-school, body-on-frame, SUV… which won’t be sold in this, the erstwhile capital of body-on-frame SUVs. Even though the Colorado will be produced in the US, which would make the Trailblazer an easy addition to the US lineup, Chevy seems determined to keep it out of the US. Because, as GM’s midsized truck VLE (vehicle line engineer) Brad Merkel puts it

The growing markets of the world want flexibility. That means power and capability combined with comfort and efficiency. TrailBlazer does it all. You can tow anything, go anywhere, comfortably seat seven people, and do so with the fuel efficiency associated with a smaller, less capable vehicle. It’s the complete package

But Americans don’t want any of that. Americans want a nice, car-based Equinox or Traverse. And that’s just what they’ll continue to get…

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  • Blowfish Blowfish on Nov 12, 2011

    not sure if my optics were off, does it look a Merc GLK?

  • Niky Niky on Nov 13, 2011

    They won't sell it in the US because the market segment it targets doesn't exist in the US. This is for markets where they sell rollover-happy pick-up based BOFs like the Hilux-based seven-seat Fortuner, the (old) Colorado-based Isuzu Alterra and the Montero Sport. Where you're not required to give your trucks electronic stability control or even ABS... or even rear disc brakes. We're getting it. You're not. Blame your sissified government regulations and drivers who can't stand a little death and dismemberment. Nyah nyah nyah.

  • Bullnuke It may be awhile before these show up on US shores. The MV Fremantle Highway has just started demo/reconstruction in Rotterdam after the large fire when transporting its last shipment of electric Porsche products.
  • Fie on Fiasler Big, fast and thirsty does not equal good. True luxury is not cobbled together by the UAW.
  • Inside Looking Out I see it as gladiator races - only one survives in virtual world.
  • Crown They need to put the EcoDiesel back in the Grand Cherokee. I have a 2018 and it has been the most reliable vehicle I ever owned. 69,000 miles and only needed tires, and regular oil and fuel filter changes.
  • El scotto Y'all are overthinking this. Find some young hard-charging DA seeking the TV limelight to lock this kid up. Heck, have John Boehner come up from Cincy to help the young DA get his political career going. Better yet, have the young DA spin this as hard as he or she can; I'm the candidate for Law and Order, I defied our go-easy office and leadership to get this identified criminal locked up. Oh this could be spun more than a hyper active kid's top.Now I'd do some consulting work for Little Kings Original Cream Ale and Skyline Chili.