If there’s one model we wish Chevrolet Philippines offered in the country, it’s the Blazer. It was launched in China last year, and recently it was facelifted for the 2023 model year. Yes, the Blazer you see in the photos is the updated model, and it looks almost identical. We wouldn’t blame you if you can’t see the changes either.
The changes on the 2023 Blazer are very subtle. However, the front fascia has been revised with new corner vents and a more aggressive mesh grille with larger vents. A black trim piece also connects the side vents with the grille, while the LED headlights have also been updated but retain the same shape.
Chevrolet didn’t make any changes to the side of the crossover apart from the new wheels available in 18-, 20- and 21-inches depending on the trim level. At the rear, there are a new pair of LED taillights that also retain the same overall shape. However, these now have a new lighting element that ditches the previous horizontal Y-design inside the housing.
Compared to the exterior, the cabin of the updated Blazer does receive more changes. The most obvious is the large touchscreen infotainment system, now measuring 10-inches compared to 8-inch in the outgoing model. As a result of the size increase, it now reaches above the dashboard. However, the controls and buttons are still in the same location.
Under the hood, the Blazer still uses the same powertrain options as before – a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four rated at 228 horsepower and a 3.6-liter V6 good for 308 horsepower. Power is then sent to the wheels via a 9-speed automatic gearbox. Interestingly, the US market doesn’t receive the 2.0-liter mild-hybrid setup available in China.
If Chevrolet Philippines does launch the Blazer here, we hope it’s already this facelifted model. It would make a great follow-up to the Tracker and Trailblazer launched last year.