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by Tim Beissmann

These are the first official images of the 2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer pre-production design concept, which is making its world debut at the 2011 Dubai International Motor Show.

The Colorado-based medium SUV – which could be called the Holden TrailBlazer if it is introduced to Australia – will initially go on sale in Thailand early in 2012 before spreading to other markets around the world.

Like the early Colorado concepts, the images reveal a number of design elements that are unlikely to advance beyond concept form, including the LED running lights, chrome exterior highlights and blue interior. If the production version of the Colorado is anything to go by, however, expect the basic shape and styling to remain intact when the TrailBlazer hits the showroom floor.

Late last month, Holden spokeswoman Kate Lonsdale told CarAdvice the local brand was investigating the TrailBlazer for the Australian market and said the medium SUV looked “pretty exciting”.

We understand the TrailBlazer is slightly larger than the Holden Captiva 7, and will have more of an off-road focus compared with the urban-friendly Captiva.

The TrailBlazer is expected to feature the same powertrains as the Colorado pick-up, including the 110kW/350Nm 2.5-litre and 132kW/470Nm 2.8-litre diesel engines and five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions.

More details from Dubai are expected to filter through in the coming hours. Stay tuned.