Chevrolet Blazer rebooted as crossover SUV

Marco Green
June 23, 2018

The new Blazer can seat up to five people and will be offered with a choice of 4-cylinder or V6 engines.

Enthusiasts hoping the return of the Blazer nameplate would mean Chevrolet is ready to square off with Ford's upcoming Bronco will be disappointed. Chevy has unveiled the 2019 Blazer, which has reborn as a new midsize crossover in Chevy's lineup, that slots it directly between the Equinox and Traverse. Cargo space, too, is similar to the Equinox: With both passenger seats folded down, the Blazer manages 64.2 cubic feet of storage - more than enough space to haul your kid's sports gear, some groceries and maybe a dog or two.

Of course there was some grumbling from diehards that it doesn't look as beefy and boxy as the original Blazer or even the smaller 2005 version, but that's why they killed it, right?

The Blazer will have some interesting features headed its way: There will be an electronic-locking glove box, a hitch guidance system, a hitch view camera and a hands-free power liftgate.

The 2019 Blazer is created to offer occupants seamless connectivity, intuitive controls and a host of convenience features that help make the drive more comfortable. A 3.6L V-6 is also available, offering 305 hp (227 kW) and 269 lb-ft of torque (365 Nm). Both have direct injection and stop/start, and both team with a 9-speed automatic.

Wireless smartphone charging and USB ports are available on all models, as are an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and hardware for in-car wireless data. On all models with AWD, the system will be able to disconnect the rear wheels from power, to improve fuel economy. Adaptive cruise and a rear camera mirror are also available, but only on RS- and Premier-trimmed Blazers. The steering wheel and seats work with the climate control system to heat or cool accordingly to help you stay as comfortable as possible.

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer hits dealerships in early calendar-year 2019.

Instead of a truck-like body-on-frame design and old-school four-wheel drive system, the 2019 Blazer is based on a car-like front-wheel drive unibody platform, with optional all-wheel drive. Additional details and pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

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