The Chevrolet Trailblazer made its world debut today at a special launch, breaking cover ahead of next week’s 33rd Bangkok International Motor Show in Thailand.

First previewed in concept form at last year’s Dubai International Motor Show, the D-segment Trailblazer – which is designed by the GM South America Design Center in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil – will go on sale around the world, beginning with Thailand in June.

The SUV version of the Colorado pickup – which is set to be launched in Malaysia soon – will be available in two- and four-wheel-drive configurations, and will feature the Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel mills as found on the Colorado – the 2.8 litre VGT will offer 180 hp and 470 Nm (440 Nm with the manual transmission), while the 2.5 litre is good for 150 hp and 350 Nm.

Drivetrain choices are a five-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic featuring electronic shift-control with clutch-to-clutch capability and an electro-hydraulic control module.

Plenty in the way of active and passive safety features, with front airbags, electronic stability control, ABS, brake assist, traction control, EBD, hill start assist, hill descent control, engine drag control and dynamic rear brake proportioning in the list.

The interior of the seven-seater features light-coloured leather seats, which offer three-row tumble and/or fold-flat seat versatility. As for space, the company says the Trailblazer best-in-class spaciousness in the third row; it’s an authentic third row where people can sit comfortably over long trips, so it goes.

The second row 60/40 split seats offer fold-flat capability, as do the third row 50/50 split seats, making for a cavernous flat floor storage space if the need arises to haul cargo.

The Trailblazer will be available in two specification levels, a mid-level LT and a range-topping LTZ, with seven exterior colour choices, these being Summit White, Black Sapphire, Sizzle Red, Auburn Brown, Blue Mountain, Royal Gray and Switchblade Silver.