The 2019 Chevy Blazer is midsize crossover SUV that wears an aggressive look like a bulldog in a boardroom meeting. It should not be confused with the defunct TrailBlazer. The first thing you’re likely to note is the black honeycomb grille that is a little similar to Lexus’ styling. Sharp lines move to the windshield through the hood. On either side, the grille is flanked by thin HID headlights. The new Blazer will come with a styling that looks like the Corvette and the Camaro than the Traverse and Equinox. Chevy has not revealed all of the trims, but this new model will receive Premier and RS treatments. Chrome will be used to cover the Premier trim while the RS trims will be darkened with black paint, black wheels, and tinted windows.
Where has it come from?
General Motors made the Equinox smaller, and we knew the Blazer was coming to fill the midsize gap in the company’s lineup of crossovers. We finally saw the 2019 model at an Atlanta event after numerous rumors of bringing it back. The 2019 Chevy Blazer doesn’t have a removable roof nor is it a two-door, or a body-on-frame SUV. Just like other car-based crossovers, it is based on C1 architecture. You can compare it to the GMC Acadia and the Cadillac XT5. However, it has more character and girth thanks to its wider track.
What powers it?
The Blazer’s base engine is a GM 2.5-liter inline-four that produces 188-lb-ft of torque and 193 horsepower. You can also go with the 305 hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine that generates 269 lb-ft of torque. These two engines have stop-start technology, and they come mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The company is not planning to add a hybrid. The V-6 can tow approximately 4,500 pounds. The Premier and RS models will also offer all-wheel drive (that includes twin-clutch) as optional features.
What does the interior offer?
Chevy is yet to announce its full list of features, but it already has many features that will make you feel like a kid in a giant candy store. It will come with a standard 4G Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. You’ll also get up to six USB ports and wireless smartphone charging. V6-engine Blazers will come with Hitch View which allows you to view the trailer from a top-down angle. You can also align the vehicle’s hitch to a trailer with the Hitch Guidance. The Premier and RS trims have a standard hands-free power liftgate and optional rear camera mirror, heated outboard rear seats and Adaptive cruise control.
How safe is it?
The company is yet to release a full list of safety features, but they have said that it will come with a set of active safety features. We suspect that they will use features similar to the 2018 Traverse; in this case, they’ll use a rear-seat reminder, Chevy’s Teen Driver system, and a rearview camera as standard features. The optional features are likely to be forward collision alert, surround-view camera, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and rear cross traffic alert. With all these safety features your ride should be “as smooth as a baby’s a**.”
When will it hit the market?
This car will be hitting the market in early 2019. If $135,000 is your average household income and you’re young, then you should know that Chevy is targeting you. It is being manufactured in Mexico’s Ramos Arizpe plant. There will be variety to choose from Chevrolet's SUV lineup from largest to smallest: the truck-based Suburban and Tahoe, Traverse, Blazer, Equinox, and Trax.