The Blazer is back, well at least in name only.
Chevrolet just unveiled the new version of the heralded nameplate – the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer — due out early next year. It’s not what we’d call a duplicate of its off-road predecessor. Unlike what looks to be the old-school revival of the Ford Bronco also coming next year, the Blazer eschews the past in lieu of a sporty crossover that takes design cues from the refreshed Camaro.
Unlike previous generations built on a body-on-frame SUV, the new Blazer is based on a unibody platform also used for the GMC Acadia. It’s wide, with sharp lines and a high beltline and bold muscular lines along with a Camaro-inspired grille and long, thin headlights placed far to the sides. Wheels range from standard 18-inch to available 21-inch wheels on the RS and Premier.
Chevrolet calls the interior driver-centric and sporty with rounded A/C vents, padded knee areas and grab handles on the door. The two-row SUV has an adjustable sliding rear seat. In the trunk, you’ll find Chevy’s first cargo management system with a rail and cargo fence. It’s standard on the RS and Premier models. You get up to 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats down. Options include a dual-pane power sunroof and hands-free tailgate.
Performance and Towing
The Blazer features two engine choices, a standard 2.5-liter I-4, and available 3.6L V-6. The 2.5-liter will deliver 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 delivers ups power to 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. Both are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and come with start-stop technology.
Traction Select is standard on all models and allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode to account for varying road conditions. On AWD models, the system can be completely disconnected from the rear axle, meaning drivers can go with FWD when they don’t need AWD capability.
RS and Premier models offer advanced twin-clutch AWD technology for better traction in wet, snowy and icy conditions, while also providing enhanced stability in dry weather.
The V-6 equipped Blazer can pull 4,500 pounds.
Technology and Connectivity
An 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen running Chevy’s Infotainment 3 is standard, along with 4G LTE Wi-Fi and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Available or standard (as noted) tech features include:
- Hitch Guidance — Available on models with the 3.6L engine, it aids in aligning the Blazer’s hitch to a trailer by showing the center line on the rear-vision camera.
- Hitch View — Available feature complements Hitch Guidance by showing a top-down view, making it easier to hitch a trailer without a second person to assist.
- Electronic-locking glove box — A Chevy first, it offers added storage security, and is roomy enough to fit a small handbag. The glove box is locked with the vehicle’s Valet Mode, which is accessible through the Settings menu.
- Automatic heated steering wheel and automatic heated/ventilated front seats — These available features work with Remote Start and/or automatic climate control to automatically adjust the temperature.
- Comfort-open windows — Activated by the key fob, this feature allows all windows to roll down.
- Heated outboard rear seats — Available on RS and standard on Premier.
- Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Camera Mirror — Available on RS and Premier.
- Hands-free power liftgate with Bowtie logo projection — Standard on RS and Premier.
- Wireless charging and six USB ports — Available.
Safety and Pricing
Chevy says the Blazer will be available with a suite of active safety features but hasn’t given specifics yet. Pricing will be available closer to its on-sale date early next year.
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