Common Motors has pulled the wraps off its 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, a vehicle that by no means reminds anybody of previous automobiles bearing that heritage-steeped nameplate.
Sporting two rows of seating, an edgier profile than both its smaller Equinox sibling or its hulking Traverse huge brother, and two engine decisions, the Blazer’s most important competitors appears to be the Ford Edge, slightly than its three-row GMC Acadia platform mate.
Whereas the underpinnings and engines are shared with the Acadia (in addition to different GM automobiles), the Blazer, which arrives early subsequent yr, has a sportier persona in thoughts. The rear glass is far farther from the vertical than its stablemates. Its fenders bulge. Its roof floats, if solely by a bit. The flat beltline seems excessive, the equally straight roof low. Its stacked headlights, seemingly designed by Hyundai, lend a meaner look to this household hauler’s face.
GM claims these peepers, which place skinny LED operating lights on prime and driving lamps slung under in giant, crowded vents, are supposed to scale back glare for different drivers. General, the impression is of a vehicle that’s decrease and wider than its compatriots. Dare we are saying muscular? Athletic, perhaps.
When it comes to quantity, there’s a whopping seven-tenths of a cubic foot extra cargo area with the rear seats folded down than in the compact Equinox. No less than there’s extra energy, in addition to towing capability. When outfitted with the acquainted three.6-liter V6 (305 horsepower, 269 lb-ft of torque), the Blazer can handle as much as four,500 kilos on a rear hitch, or 1,000 lbs greater than the Equinox when outfitted with the 2.zero-liter turbo 4.
Entry-degree Blazers, merely referred to as “Blazer” and never the conventional LS or LT or some variation thereof, come outfitted with a 2.5-liter inline-4 making 193 hp and 188 lb-ft. Each engines put the energy down by means of a 9-velocity automated, and each a feature cease/begin system.
All Blazers depart the manufacturing unit with adjustable Traction Choose traction management, with all-wheel drive an choice for all. The sportier mid-range RS trim seen right here (GM calls it “sinister-wanting,” inform us in the event you agree) and the prime-flight Premier mannequin can each be had with a twin-clutch AWD system that’s extra suited to numerous street and climate circumstances. And driving moods, one assumes.
Seems to be-sensible, you’ll have the ability to inform a base Blazer aside from the others from its standard 18-inch aluminum wheels. RS and Premier trims may be outfitted with hoops as giant as 21 inches. There’s additionally the matter of the grille. Blacked out and mesh-crammed in RS guise, the fancy-pants Premier goes all in on the chrome.
GM says consumers can anticipate loads of selection with the interior, with a lot of colours and trims to selection from, relying on mannequin. As you see under, there’s extra of a horizontal motif happening right here than in different GM crossovers. This impression of width, plus round air vents, is supposed to convey an impression of sport. We’re desperate to see if the experience comes near cashing that verify.
Elsewhere, a panoramic sunroof is out there, as is Chevy’s Cargo Administration System, which segments the cargo area by way of rails and a fence. It’s standard on RS and Premiere.
Amongst the excessive-tech niceties can be found Hitch View, which provides passengerless drivers a fowl’s eye view of the vehicle’s rear, an digital locking glove field to maintain different individuals’s arms off no matter, and the potential to roll all 4 home windows down en masse by way of the key fob. Nobody likes ass-searing leather-based. A feature seen on different GM fashions — arms-free energy liftgate with emblem projection — seems on RS and Premier.
Infotainment comes by means of an eight-inch touchscreen on all Blazers, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as standard package.
That’s all GM’s prepared to inform us proper now, and, relying in your reminiscences of previous Blazers, it could be greater than it’s essential to hear. Reusing nameplates could be controversial, and we now have little question many readers have already got their shorts in a bunch over GM’s choice to slap a brawny identify on a unibody crossover. Regardless, the vehicle fills a gap in the lineup, and the identify rings a bell for a lot of. Unhappy? Too dangerous.
Additional particulars, together with price, should wait till nearer to the mannequin’s manufacturing date.
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