Holden’s latest rugged SUV offering has broken cover at the Dubai International Motor Show.

Making its global debut as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, this tough yet sophisticated SUV will arrive in Australia as the all-new Holden Colorado 7 and will be the first heavy-duty off-roader SUV to wear a Holden badge in almost a decade.

Due in Australia in the first quarter of 2013, the Colorado 7 will bear a close resemblance to the imposing show car when it enters production next year.

The Trailblazer has been developed alongside the new-generation Colorado – recently previewed at the Melbourne International Motor Show – with which it shares its architecture and underpinnings.    

The Trailblazer’s chassis is tuned for the dual requirements of heavy-duty off-road performance and ride comfort in urban and city driving, while its body-on-frame construction makes it an ideal vehicle for towing.

With accommodation for up to seven passengers and genuine third-row seating, Trailblazer is powered by a new-generation 2.8-litre turbo-diesel engine, with a variable-geometry turbocharger for the optimal combination of performance and fuel economy. 

Holden Executive Director Marketing, Sales and Aftersales John Elsworth said the Colorado 7 would build on the reputation of Holden’s much-loved Colorado workhorse.

“The Trailblazer show car is an impressive-looking vehicle, and it’s pretty close to what customers will see when the Holden Colorado 7 arrives in Australia in 2013,” he said.

“Colorado 7 will also offer excellent interior flexibility and comfort for up to seven passengers across a third row of seats.

“It will have the fuel-efficiency and interior comfort of a modern family SUV, along with the towing ability of a working vehicle and the off-road capability of a true 4X4.  We’re confident it will have all bases well and truly covered.”

Trailblazer’s muscular styling and bold design presence were crafted in GM’s South American Design Centre in São Caetano do Sul, Brazil. 

Its “body in-wheels out” design ensures excellent approach and departure angles, while design cues including the bonnet power dome, raised cowl and higher-mounted dual projector headlamps give the Trailblazer a strong, purposeful appearance.  Polished aluminium exterior highlights and tri-coat pearlescent white paint add to the show car’s luxury exterior finish.

Inside, the Trailblazer has an intuitive and flexible seating configuration, premium interior appointments such as digital climate control system and USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

Trailblazer joins the growing portfolio of new GM products designed for the global market, which includes the highly successful Cruze small car, recently launched Barina hatchback, the upcoming Colorado LCV and the mid-sized Malibu sedan.

Trailblazer takes centre stage on the Chevrolet stand at the Dubai International Motor Show from 10-14 November.  The Dubai Show is the largest automotive event in the region, and will feature regional debuts of the Malibu, which goes on sale in Australia in late 2012, and Chevrolet Colorado Rally Concept.