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Back when we first announced the new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer crossover, we briefly glossed over its history and went into how the new Blazer will be different from its predecessor and how it will relate to other similar vehicles already in the Chevrolet lineup. While the Chevrolet Blazer is set for a late 2019 early 2020 release, some fans are still wary of the new crossover. After all, the original Chevrolet Blazer was a compact off-road vehicle that lived for over 20 years. In fact, the original Blazer was discontinued not too long ago in 2005.
Chevrolet Blazer S-10
Some may not know this, but the Chevy Blazer, also known as the Chevrolet S-10 Blazer is actually the successor of the Chevrolet K5 Blazer that came to be known as the 1991 GMC Jimmy in 1973. It was the success of the Blazer/Jimmy that led Chevy to spring its own model, which they can do, being a part of the General Motors automotive family. Labeled as part of the compact SUV class, the first generation of the Chevrolet Blazer S-10 was one to be remembered.
Available as a two-door or four-door SUV, the Blazer S-10 offered an assortment of powertrain options. Although not shown off as an off-road vehicle, the first generation Blazer came with a Borg Warner transfer case that would transfer torque to select wheels when there was a loss of traction or uneven terrain was presented. Later into the first generation, a Chevrolet Blazer pickup truck was produced to expand the lineup.
The first generation also gave rise to what is now the Chevrolet Tahoe, originally just a trim of the Chevrolet Blazer S-10. 1991 was the rise of the first Tahoe package for the Blazer, but it was later renamed in 1995, the same year the Tahoe was introduced. It wasn’t until the second generation of the Chevy Blazer that a ZR2 Off-road trim was released. Only offered on the 2 door Blazer pickup due to the shorter wheelbase, the package lifted the Blazer about 3 inches, added 15-inch wheels, a front anti-sway bar, skid plates, Bilstein shocks, and a beefier rear axle.
A little over $1000, that was quite the off-road package of the time. Much of that equipment can be found in off-road vehicles today, often as a standard. We don’t expect the same components to pop up on the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer SUV, but who knows? Maybe an off-road trim will rise again.
2019 Chevrolet Blazer
There are five things you should know about the new Chevy Blazer. The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer may not be released until 2020, there will be a total of five trims upon release, two powertrain options will accompany this lineup, and although the Blazer may meet competition with other SUVs in its class, with a place situated between the Chevrolet Equinox and Traverse vehicles, the Blazer has a perfect chance to fill the gap between the two.
Aiming for a demographic of consumers that are looking for a stylish and versatile SUV that offers enough room for maximum cargo volume while seating five people, the Blazer has its work half done. Many consumers like the ability to live out of their crossovers, whether busy at school or always on the move. Those same consumers may also have families or friends, and most groups don’t go over five passengers. The Blazer is perfect for that kind of consumer, and they are a plenty.