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Would you want the new Trailblazer to look a little more off-road ready like this, rather than being lowered to the ground?

Given the trend toward crossover vehicles, GM’s decision to withhold standout features like off-road capability or performance from an otherwise ordinary, though stylish, crossover, is puzzling. In a market saturated with compact crossovers, new entries must be compelling and unique to stand out from the competition. Jeep has accomplished this with its lineup of off-road capable vehicles. Likewise, Subaru has carved out a niche with the outdoorsy crowd thanks to the popularity of the Crosstrek and Forester, while Mazda has earned a reputation for building engaging, dynamic vehicles. Ford will also release two new off-road capable SUVs soon, one of which will compete with the Trailblazer and is said to fall under the Bronco lineup. With a name like “Trailblazer,” one would have expected to find some kind of off-road capability, especially from the brand that’s using names like “Trail Boss” to describe its off-road capable full-size pickups. Since GM didn’t deliver on this, we decided to whip up a rendering of an off-road capable Trailblazer based on the new model.

Take a look and let us know what you think of this Trailblazer Z71 rendering, and what you think of the new model in general. Although the new Trailblazer will be an appealing option to someone looking for a small crossover, we can’t help but imagine the possibilities of what could happen if GM would become less insistent on cost-cutting and start delivering more of the standout vehicles that the company was known for in the past. The Trailblazer’s twin, the Buick Encore GX is making its US debut at the Los Angeles auto show, so look for more details on the US-spec Trailblazer to be available soon.

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