Anton Andres / Chevrolet | June 22, 2018 10:55
Chevrolet Blazer goes from truck-based SUV to car-like crossover
In Chevrolet terms, the name Blazer has been long associated as a full-frame, pickup-based SUV. Be it the full-sized K5 from the 60's to the early 90's, to the mid-sized S-10-based model which carried through to the early 2000's, Blazers stuck to the tried and true formula until it was replaced by the Trailblazer in 2002.
Now, Chevrolet has resurrected the name, not as a pickup platform SUV, but as a smaller, C-segment crossover. Yes, the SUV that squared off against the likes of the Ford Bronco and Dodge Ramcharger is aiming to take sales away from the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V. The all-new Blazer will be the fourth crossover in the Chevrolet range, being larger in size to the Trax, around the same size as the Equinox, but smaller than the Traverse.
The automaker bills the revived Blazer as a 'sporty crossover', and its front draws inspiration from their sports coupe, the Camaro. Its aggressive fascia sports a pair of slim headlights, complemented by a big, brash split grill. Creases and lines then dominate the sides for the CUV, accented by the reverse kinked third window. As for the rear, the tailgate features a small rear windshield and an integrated rear spoiler. Slime tail lights and more creases and lines sum up the back.
The Blazer comes in three flavors, the base variant, upmarket Premier and sporty RS, each of which coming with their own aesthetic enhancements. Blazer RS models come with gloss black accents and low-profile tires. As for the Premier, it loses the accents and gains chrome and body-colored trimming.
Inside, there's an upright dash with round air-conditioning vents on the corners and at the center. Like most of the new Chevrolets, a floating infotainment screen occupies the middle of the dash. Drivers on the other hand are greeted by a digital information display, which is flanked by analog dials. Interior trimmings vary depending on the variant chosen.
There are two engine options for the all-new crossover. It starts with a 2.5-liter, four-cylinder with 194 PS and 255 Nm of torque. The optional engine is a 3.6-liter V6 which is shared with a variety of General Motors products. That mill produces 308 PS and 365 Nm of torque. No manual transmissions available with the nine-speed automatic being the sole shifter. All-wheel drive is also available.