Unlike its predecessor, it won’t wear a "Made in USA" sticker

Of course, we have known for quite some time now that the new Blazer won’t be a rugged, off-road eager machine with two doors. The first mention of GM resurrecting the name was in 2015 when it registered the Blazer name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Soon after, some heavily camouflaged SUV-looking thing with a Chevy crest started roaming the roads. It was the Blazer.

Before you start hating GM for “ruining” the Blazer name, stop and think for a second. People simply don’t buy all that body-on-frame stuff in huge numbers anymore. Chevy revealing the new, 2019 Blazer based on top of what is basically car architecture is a pure necessity sprouted from economic feasibility. While some of us may be a bit disappointed that one of the most famous names ended up on something less than unique, the paths of profit are more than obvious. This car will sell. Regardless, moving the Blazer to a new platform shared with the rest of GM city CUVs introduced us a to a few interesting traits.

1. Unibody Construction

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Apart from bringing the costs down and improving safety, unibody construction has several other advantages compared to the body-on-frame architecture its older brother was based upon

Don’t cringe. It is just the way of the world. See, using what is essentially a car platform made the new Blazer a crossover (CUV if you like). Apart from bringing the costs down and improving safety, unibody construction has several other advantages compared to the body-on-frame architecture its older brother was based upon. The unibody of the new Blazer, probably shared almost to the point with CUVs such as the GMC Acadia or the Cadillac XT5, prepared it to accept all the new tech important for the buyers of today.

Sure, the car won’t have the same off-road character as before, or the ruggedness asked for by true admirers of body-on-frame construction, but it will be adapted for use on asphalt.

And let’s not kid ourselves. Body-on-frame or not, the Blazer will spend most of its life there - on the streets. Having a unibody construction granted some important advantages:

  • The car itself is stiffer and more rigid
  • The entire body is far better suited to resist flexing
  • Thanks to the stiffer architecture, the Blazer’s driving characteristics will be closer to those of a truck than a car
  • The unibody construction is much lighter which affects the fuel consumption, the agility and the price

GM itself had some concerns about transplanting the Blazer name onto something that isn’t a body-on-frame, but they had good reasons to do so.

“I don’t think there will be push back on the name,” said Alan Batey, President of GM North America and Head of Global Chevrolet. “In 2003 almost 70 percent of the mid-size SUV segment was body-on-frame, but today more than 90 percent are unibody because that is what customers want. Chevy did not want to get stuck on heritage, and the Colorado pickup is there for those wanting body on frame.” Well said.

2. Camaro-Style Elements Inside and Out

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Some would say that Chevy stole an idea or two from Lexus, but the fact of the matter is that the 2019 Blazer looks as it should - like a crossover Camaro.

Regardless of the tech underneath, one thing’s for certain - the new Blazer looks cool. Some would say that Chevy stole an idea or two from Lexus, but the fact of the matter is that the 2019 Blazer looks as it should - like a crossover Camaro.

Our first glimpse of its looks came with the futuristic Chevrolet FNR-X concept from the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show. Chevrolet designers translated those futuristic styling cues to the production vehicle quite faithfully. The most obvious difference compared to all other Chevy SUVs is the sheer aggression and sharpness of the thing. It looks decisive, muscular, and even athletic. Much of those traits can be attributed to the large single-frame grille, narrow, angry daytime running lights, and the headlamps that are placed rather low at the sides of the grille. Some unique design trickery here.

The sides evoke athleticism usually found on sports cars. The waistline is prominent, and that is thanks to its strong shoulder line which predominantly flows from under the door mirrors all the way back to the top of the rear end. This clever design gives the Blazer something other CUVs do not exactly have - powerful command and pose.

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While the exterior does give out some of the Camaro's stylistic nature, interior designers went a mile further in linking it to the favorite GM muscle car

All these traits evoke power and dominance. Obviously, the Camaro is very familiar with it. That is why the Blazer has so many emotional patterns similar to what one can perceive looking at the Camaro

"The Blazer has attitude," said John Cafaro, Executive Director, Global Chevrolet Design. "It looks commanding on the road while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV."

While the exterior does give out some of the Camaro’s stylistic nature, interior designers went a mile further in linking it to the favorite GM muscle car. Round vents placed under the center display, the rather spartan but powerful dashboard, and the provocative layout of the cabin are all reminiscent of the Camaro.

3. The Blazer RS

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The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS comes with a special style package

This is probably the one you want. Presented in red in these photos, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS comes with a special style package. All blacked out with 20-inch wheels (21-inch rollers optional,) the RS represents the extreme when it comes to the new Blazer offering. Apart from its blacked-out appearance (GM called this one sinister-looking, too), the Blazer RS has access to more advanced equipment compared to the entry-level model. First of all, the Adaptive Cruise Control and the Rear Camera Mirror are available as an option, with the heated seats, the hands-free power liftgate, and the Bowtie projection being included as standard gear.
The addition of a more capable AWD system compared to the one customers can spec out on the entry-level car has more importance.

4. There are Two AWD Systems Available

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No, the Blazer won't have a four-wheel drive system, but it will get two optional AWD systems

No, the Blazer won’t have a four-wheel drive system, but it will get two optional AWD systems. Although it is basically a FWD CUV, the base Blazer has an option for an entry level all-wheel-drive system. This one needs to be turned on in order to provide any assistance.

On the other hand, for the high-end models such as the sporty RS and the luxurious Premier, GM offered a more advanced, twin-clutch, all-wheel drive. Not only does it automatically detect any lack of traction, but it can manage the power sent to the rear wheels more effectively.

Another reason to go for high-end models. With a more sophisticated AWD system, high-end models should be able to provide better driving characteristics on more challenging surfaces.

The Chevrolet Blazer is available with FWD as standard, and all models are coupled with a new nine-speed automatic transmission.

5. It Will be Built in Mexico and in Showrooms in Early 2019

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The new Blazer will be available only at the start of 2019 as a 2019 model

Although it was revealed in June of 2018, the new Blazer will be available only at the start of 2019 as a 2019 model. The prices have not been formed yet, but as the Blazer falls neatly between the Equinox and the Traverse, we can assume that the entry level 2019 Chevrolet Blazer will be priced around $30k. The Blazer and the Equinox actually share something crucial - they will be built in the same factory in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. Not everyone is happy about that, I can tell you that much.

“This news that the iconic Blazer nameplate will be built in Mexico is disappointing to UAW families and communities across this country,” Terry Dittes, Vice President of the UAW’s GM Department, said in a statement. “This is all happening while UAW-GM workers here in the U.S are laid off and unemployed.”

Further reading

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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer.

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