It’s been a long time coming, but Chevrolet is surprising the automarket with the return of a favorite off-road vehicle. What started out as a submodel of full-size Chevrolet trucks back in 1969, known as the K5, was the original Chevy Blazer. Later in 1995, the Blazer was transformed into the Tahoe and a smaller sibling, the S-10 Blazer was made to keep the original alive. It only lasted a decade before Chevy discontinued the off-road vehicle in the United States, but for 2019, they’re going to bring it back as a crossover! Sounds like Mitsubishi Motors isn’t the only automaker repurposing old and retired vehicles for the surging SUV, truck, and crossover market.
Crossovers aren’t too far off from off-road vehicles anyways - just look at the Jeep lineup. Practically every vehicle is an SUV or crossover with off-road capability, so we wouldn’t call this new incarnation a stretch. It’s not like Chevrolet turned the Corvette into a truck or anything. The new Blazer does lose its old body-on-frame construction though, so maybe this new crossover, with its unibody construction, won’t be made to twist and turn the ways rock crawling requires. Instead, enjoy looking like a boss in a crossover that demands attention on the road.
Under the hood, consumers can expect a 2.5-liter I4 engine that can generate 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. Chevrolet is interested in expanding the options of its crossovers for the market demand however, so one can expect another engine option amongst other configurations. Enter the optional 3.6-liter V6 engine, able to generate 305 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission, but consumers will also have the option of sticking with front-wheel drive (standard) or opting in for a modern twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system. Chills, we got chills!
Like the Chevy Equinox, there’s seating for five, so although this crossover is shaping up to be more than meets the eye, it’s still a family friendly vehicle throughout. With passenger seats that can fold down to open up 64.2 cubic feet of storage, there’s also plenty of space for luggage, groceries, after school gear - you name it. Details are still somewhat slim about the cabin materials and upholstery, but Chevy will be offering an automatic heated steering wheel and automatic heated and ventilated front seats that work in conjunction with the automatic climate control system to heat or cool accordingly. Man, so cool (get it?)
For a little tech, these same automatic cooling options will start up with remote start. Looking to open all the windows? Apparently, the key fob has a button for that too. Those of us who live in warm climates know those first few seconds in a hot car feel like the end of the world, so these are both welcome features.
Some other interesting features are heading our way with the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer, such as an electronic-locking glove box, a hitch guidance system, a hitch view camera, and a hands-free power liftgate. Many of these features aren’t anything new, but are welcome to any new crossover, hatchback, or five-door vehicle - especially those who are new to hauling cargo via trailer. Oh, and for some, the pièce de résistance, is an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability, also standard.
What a show off…
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer just reinvented the crossover. Stay tuned to NowCar social media to get the latest news and find out when we have the new Chevy Blazer available!