If you’re of a certain age, then you’re definitely familiar with the Chevy Blazer. When you were a teen, it was the cool vehicle to have, the one that featured a removable fiberglass shell that covered the cab and the bed. It was rundown but emitted a comfortable smell. Yesterday’s Blazer is jacked up in the air, and it has off-road tires because this vehicle is happiest when it’s climbing an outrageous hill that it has no business trying to climb. That was yesterday’s Blazer. This year’s Blazer is a bit different.
Did Chevy Need Another SUV?
Before publishing the news that it was bringing back the Blazer, Chevy already had five SUVs and crossovers in its vehicle lineup. These range from the tiny little Trax to the spacious Tahoe and the almost too big Suburban. Chevy’s more midsize SUVs are the Equinox and the Traverse. The 2019 Blazer is between the latter two vehicles size-wise. Chevy is clearly looking to challenge the Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano.
A Mainstream Crossover
The Blazer is a nice-looking vehicle. The nose is capped by a grille that is sporty. In fact, the grille makes it looks like it’s a cousin to the Chevy Camaro. When Chevy redesigned the Blazer, it slid the wheels out toward the corners of it to decrease overhang, giving the body a streamlined look. Along with this, the SUV’s body panels exhibit interesting design elements. Of Chevy’s now six SUVs and crossovers, the Blazer definitely features the most daring style. According to one reviewer, Chevy’s Blazer is reminiscent of the Lamborghini Urus.
Chevy will be manufacturing the new Blazer at the GM plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. The vehicle is sized to transport five passengers. Because of this, the front and rear seats have a good amount of space for everyone. If you purchase the Sport, you’ll have an SUV with an interior that includes fun splashes of color in the upholstery and on the dashboard. This feature is eye-catching and elegant at the same time. You can get the Premier trim, which has more subdued interior materials, if subtly is more your thing.
Under the Blazer’s Hood
Chevy is equipping the Chevy Blazer with a 2.5-liter inline-four engine, one that produces 193 horsepower. This engine is the standard offering. You can upgrade the vehicle with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that delivers 305 horsepower. Both engines come with direct injection as well as a nine-speed automatic transmission. Keep in mind that if you want the V-6 engine, then Chevy is only pairing it with all-wheel drive. The car company hasn’t released fuel economy numbers yet, but they should be in line with the SUV’s competitors.
Additional Vehicle Details
If you purchase a lower level trim, then your Blazer will come with 18-inch wheels. Higher trim levels feature 21-inch wheels. The SUV has LED lighting, which adds to its aggressive look. Chevy has put the base price at $29,995. If you go with the iLT model, then you’ll pay $33,495. Upgrading to the V-6 operated 2LT will run you $34,495 while the well-equipped 3LT starts at $38,695. If you want the sport trim, then plan to pay $41,795. The fully loaded Premier model is $43,895 before upgrading to the V-6. This option will increase the cost of your vehicle by $2,700 to $2,900 depending on the vehicle.
Back in the day, big mud tires and metal dashboards were all the rage. Today, people want technology. Chevy outfitted the Blazer with six USB ports to ensure that every occupant has a place to plug in his or her entertainment device. It also comes with all kinds of different lane keeping technology and a hands-free liftgate. If you intend to tow with the SUV, then be sure to get one that has the trailer-hookup guidance system. You can also purchase a Blazer that has a wireless charging pad and a glovebox that pops open electronically.
An Upscale Interior
Chevy paid plenty of attention to the interior of the Blazer. Once you step inside the vehicle, you’re sure to appreciate the clean, uncluttered dashboard that is easy to access and use. The HVAC vents offer good air flow and since they’re round, they give the interior a bit of a retro feel. Chevy used high-end materials and textures to deliver a quality appearance. You’ll also have:
• Apple CarPlay
• Android Auto
• An 8-inch color touchscreen infotainment unit
• 4G LTE Wi-Fi if you decide to pay for the service
A Blast from the Past
For many of us, the Chevy Blazer is a blast from the past, a vehicle that we remember from our teen years. Whether you feel nostalgia for the vehicle or just like the styling and size of it, you’re sure to enjoy owning one.