Chevrolet Sales Thailand has revealed to local media that it will introduce a new SUV in the market next year. While the exact model has not been revealed, the Bangkok Post speculates that this SUV could be the Chevrolet Blazer that was revealed in June, replacing the long in the tooth Chevrolet Captiva.

GM has stopped selling cars in Thailand for some time now, and its local range consists of just three models – the Colorado pick-up truck, the Trailblazer seven-seater SUV based on the Colorado, and the Captiva. The latter is the closest to a passenger car, but the current Captiva facelift was revealed way back in 2010, and this generation dates back to 2006 – off the pace would be putting it mildly.

The report says that Chevrolet once considered introducing the Trax B-segment SUV in Thailand, but couldn’t find a business case for the model due to expected small margins and low projected sales. The Trax was spotted in Malaysia in early 2017, but it never saw the light of day here, too.

The Post adds that the Blazer and Trailblazer are differentiated enough – the former is a crossover while the latter is an off-road capable, truck-based machine. It’s also a smaller five-seater car that will take on stalwarts such as the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5 and Nissan X-Trail. A price range of 1.3 to 1.6 million baht (RM166k to RM204k) has been floated.

In GM’s home market of North America, the Chevy Blazer will slot between the Equinox and Traverse SUVs when it hits showrooms in early 2019. Two engine choices will be available – an Ecotec 2.5 litre four-cylinder with 193 hp/255 Nm, and a 3.6 litre V6 with 305 hp/365 Nm. Both are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. High-spec Premier and sporty RS variants will be available.

The Chevy Blazer looks very bold and aggressive – like what you see?

GALLERY: Chevrolet Blazer