The aggressive design should give the competition a run for their money

After a 24-year absence, the Chevrolet Blazer nameplate has returned, and it’s back in the spotlight with a design that’s going to get the attention of a lot of people. The new Blazer is expected to slot between the Equinox and Traverse in Chevy’s SUV lineup. It’s the only one of the three that carries a completely different design language, something that could bode well for the Blazer as it tries to re-establish itself as one of the best crossovers in its segment.

Chevy Blazer: Camaro-Inspired Exterior

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The SUV’s look is a complete departure from the brand’s other SUVs.

If Chevrolet intended to give the Blazer a super aggressive design, then it did a hellacious job at it. The SUV’s look is a complete departure from the brand’s other SUVs. In fact, you don’t even need eyeglasses to realize that the Blazer’s design is heavily inspired by the current Chevrolet Camaro. Who saw that coming?

Just like in the Camaro, the Blazer’s front grille sets the tone for its looks. The thin headlamps add an element of aggressiveness that’s made more pronounced by the inclusion of a surrounding panel that connects the headlamps to the grille. You know what Chevy model comes with a similar design treatment? The new Chevrolet Camaro. The rest of the front section features separate LED daytime running lamps that are integrated into the side air events and a much smaller grille in the middle of the front bumper that admittedly feels a little unnecessary considering how much real estate the grille already occupies above it.

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Move to the side section of the Blazer and the other significant design element of the SUV — the free-wheeling body lines — helps shape the contours of its body

Move to the side section of the Blazer and the other significant design element of the SUV — the free-wheeling body lines — helps shape the contours of its body. One line, in particular, starts at the front wheel arch, runs down the side of the SUV before shooting upward through the D-pillar and integrating itself into the rear liftgate spoiler. And here I thought the Toyota C-HR’s upward slant body line was extreme already. Turns out, the Blazer did it one better, or maybe three better because there are two more body lines to take note of. One swoops back from the headlights to the side view mirrors while the other extends from the rear door handles to the dual-element LED taillights.

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The overall shape of the rear and how it juts out also gives the Blazer something of a coupe-SUV quality to it

Speaking of the taillights, it also comes with a different design compared to what Equinox and Traverse are sporting. The overall shape of the rear and how it juts out also gives the Blazer something of a coupe-SUV quality to it. That would make sense if Chevy wants to package it along those lines because, by and large, the Blazer looks like a Camaro wearing a crossover’s body. It’s unclear how that’s going to translate to the masses, but as a member of said masses, I’m all for it. I think Chevrolet needed to make the Blazer look different from the Equinox and the Traverse to give it its own identity. Well, it did just that with some assistance from an unlikely muscle car source.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer – Reveal Video

Chevy Blazer: A Sexy, Sophisticated, and Technological Cabin

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Inside, the Blazer sports some pretty decent technology

Inside, the Blazer sports some pretty decent technology. The infotainment system protrudes from the center stack in a way that mixes typical American and German design styling. The screen measures eight inches diagonally and features the easy-to-use Infotainment 3 operating system. This system operates much like the “simple” mode on Android phones and provides big, clear icons for selecting the different pages in the system. It’s paired with a rear-view camera as standard equipment and, when the Blazer is equipped with a 3.6-liter engine, a function called “Hitch Guidance” is included and adds a center line to the rear camera to make backing up to a trailer much simpler. “Hitch view” can also be optioned which gives a “top-down” view that, in a way, harkens back to the old days of 16-bit video gaming (with better graphics, of course.) Android Auto 5 and Apple CarPlay4 are standard across the lineup.

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Other options include an electric-locking glove box, automatic heated steering wheel, and automatic heated and ventilated front seats. These all function via the remote start function and will adjust based on the temperature. Comfort-open windows take things to a different level by rolling down all of the windows with a simple button press on your key fob. Rear passengers aren’t left to freeze, either, as you can have heated outboard seats in the rear. That option comes standard on the Premier trim level and is an option on the RS model. There are six USB ports scatter throughout the vehicle, and wireless charging is available too. Finally, the RS and Premier2 trims can be optioned with adaptive cruise control and a rear camera mirror if you’re willing to pay.

Finally, since we all like to stay connected, the Blazer comes standard with a 4G LTE hotspot, however, you’ll need to opt for your own data package if you really plan to use it. It does come with a one month, 3-gigabyte trial service to help you decide but beyond that, you’ll remain unconnected without a data package.

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The new Blazer offers up seating for five along with 64.2 cubic-feet of maximum cargo room – 0.9 cubic-feet more than the Chevy Equinox and 34 cubic-feet less than the max room in the traverse

If none of this tech is doing it for you, just take a look at the interior design. It’s sleek and sophisticated and is even pretty roomy. The interior you see is likely from the RS or Premier 2 trim level. The dash is rather flat, but as you can see it has three integrated speakers. Oddly, it looks like Chevy took another play from Mercedes as those HVAC vents look awfully familiar, don’t they? (Mercedes) The way Chevy integrated the central vents below the center stack is a nice touch, however, it doesn’t leave a lot of room in the wireless storage cubby down below. The leather upholstery is quite nice while the door trim panels look to be carried over from other GM models. The model seen in the pictures here includes contrast stitching that really lives up the near-all-black interior. According to GM, the new Blazer offers up seating for five along with 64.2 cubic-feet of maximum cargo room – 0.9 cubic-feet more than the Chevy Equinox and 34 cubic-feet less than the max room in the Traverse. Keep in mind, however, that if you lay down the rear two rows in the Traverse, then it can only haul 57.80 cubic-feet, so in the configuration, the Blazer still has a handful of cubes on it.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer – First Look!

Chevy Blazer Performance

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This crossover can be had with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder as standard equipment.

Sorry, folks, but this isn’t the Chevy Blazer that we all grew up loving and loathing for. This is the Blazer crossover, so don’t expect to find some beefy, gnarly V-8 to be offered or any lift kits on the aftermarket, either. This crossover can be had with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder as standard equipment. You can opt for a 3.6-liter V-6 as well, which is ideal if you’re going to tow as it can handle pulling up to 4,500 pounds. GM has tuned that 2.5-liter to deliver 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque while the 3.6-liter offers a decent 305 ponies and 269 pound-feet. Unfortunately, Chevy has yet to provide fuel economy figures, but they both pair up with a nine-speed automatic transmission, so either should be decent for highway cruising. Good luck with stop-and-go city driving, though.

All-wheel drive is available across the line, and there’s a traction select system as standard equipment. It allows real-teal adjustment to driving models and, with AWD equipped, the Blazer can transform in FWD only to help save fuel. RS and Premier models use a twin-clutch transfer case, allowing for torque distribution as needed.

| Engine | Horsepower | Torque | Transmission |
| 2.5L I-4 | 193 HP | 188 LB-FT | nine-speed automatic |
| 3.6L V-6 | 305 HP | 269 LB-FT | nine-speed automatic |

Final Thoughts

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It is nice to see the Chevy Blazer name return, however, we were really hoping for something a little more…. Historically relevant. The Blazer name is supposed to be a monstrous SUV (with a removable top, even) that’s designed for off-road and extreme utility while looking good too. Instead, Chevy has decided to piggyback on the Blazer name, in an attempt to improve sales by slapping the Blazer name on another crossover. Not that the crossover doesn’t look nice – that Camaro inspired exterior is a nice touch – however, the blazer name should be more synonymous with a larger, off-road machine. In this case, we can only hope that Chevy revises the Trail Blazer name and uses it on something that’s more designed for extreme off-roading than it is hauling momma and the kids to soccer practice. Until then, this is what we’ve got, so you might as well take it for what it is.

Further reading

The New Chevrolet Blazer is Here and it Looks Like an Oversized Camaro
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer.

2018 Chevrolet Traverse High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.

2018 Chevrolet Equinox High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

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Press release

Chevrolet is raising the bar on crossover design with the introduction of the 2019 Blazer as the newest member of the industry’s broadest, freshest crossover and SUV lineup since 2015. The all-new contemporary midsize SUV is rooted in attention-grabbing design with seamlessly integrated customer-focused technologies and superb functionality.

“Chevrolet has been at the forefront of each of the major automotive industry trends by anticipating consumer demand and delivering innovative products like Bolt EV, Colorado and Trax,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet. “The introduction of the all-new Blazer builds on that momentum and further strengthens the most comprehensive lineup of crossovers and SUVs on the market today.”

Slotting between the Equinox and Traverse, the 2019 Blazer will offer unique design elements on each model, appealing to customers seeking distinctive styling and outstanding utility.

Highlights include:

Bold styling that features a strong grille and muscular proportions.
Driver-centric interior and distinctive looks on all models.
Model range includes sporty RS and up-level Premier models.
Five-passenger seating with up to 64.2 cubic feet (1,818 L) of max cargo space with second-row seats folded flat.
Adjustable sliding rear seat.
Available Chevy-first cargo management system with a rail system and cargo fence.
Available panoramic dual-pane power sunroof.
Suite of available active safety features.
Standard 2.5L I-4 and available 3.6L V-6 engines, each backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Advanced twin-clutch AWD system available.
4,500 pounds (2,041 kg) estimated max trailering with the available 3.6L V-61.
Available Hitch View feature that helps the driver align the hitch with the trailer.

An SUV With Attitude
The 2019 Blazer is the boldest, most progressive expression of the Chevrolet crossover design theme. A wide stance, tight proportions, a high beltline and dramatic sculpting give it a toned, athletic appearance from all angles.

“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.”

Each model in the lineup offers a unique look with distinct styling to suit different customers’ tastes, including unique grille appearances, additional bright chrome on the Premier trim and a more sinister-looking, blacked-out appearance for the Blazer RS.

A powerful front end featuring a strong grille, athletic hood lines and low-placed HID headlamps distinguishes all models. The design also features a distinctive lighting execution that separates the headlamps and LED daytime running lamps.

Long, lean and sculpted body sides lead to a rear end highlighted by LED-illuminated Chevy-signature dual-element taillamps, dual exhaust outlets and an integrated tailgate spoiler. The Blazer also offers a range of stylish wheels, starting with standard 18-inch aluminum rims and expanding to available 21-inch wheels on the RS and Premier.

The Blazer’s cabin echoes the bold exterior theme with sporty good looks. The design emphasizes space, craftsmanship and customer personalization, with a wide range of interior styling choices for the different models, achieved through several color and trim choices. Sporty details include a padded knee area, round air vents and grab handles on the doors.

The new Blazer also offers a Chevrolet-first Cargo Management System, standard on RS and Premier models. It features a rail system and cargo fence to help secure smaller items by dividing the cargo area.

Seamless Technology and Connectivity
The 2019 Blazer is designed to offer occupants seamless connectivity, intuitive controls and a host of convenience features that help make the drive more comfortable.

Features include:

Hitch Guidance — Available on models with the 3.6L engine, it aids in aligning the Blazer’s hitch to a trailer by showing the center line on the rear-vision camera.
Hitch View — This available feature complements Hitch Guidance by showing a top-down view, making it easier to hitch a trailer without a second person to assist.
Electronic-locking glove box — A Chevy first, it offers added storage security, and is roomy enough to fit a small handbag. The glove box is locked with the vehicle’s Valet Mode, which is accessible through the Settings menu.
Automatic heated steering wheel and automatic heated/ventilated front seats — These available features work with Remote Start and/or automatic climate control to automatically adjust temperature to help maintain comfort.
Comfort-open windows — Activated by the key fob, this feature allows all windows to roll down to help heat escape before occupants enter the vehicle.
Heated outboard rear seats are available on RS and standard on Premier.
Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Camera Mirror are available on RS and Premier2.
Hands-free power liftgate with Bowtie logo projection is standard on RS and Premier.
Wireless charging and six USB ports are available.

When it comes to connectivity, an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen running Chevrolet Infotainment 3 is standard, along with 4G LTE Wi-Fi (with 1-month/3GB data trial)3 and Apple CarPlay4 and Android Auto5 compatibility.

Performance and Capability
The new Blazer is powered by a standard 2.5L I-4 engine rated at 193 hp (143 kW) and 188 lb-ft of torque (255 Nm). A 3.6L V-6 is also available, offering 305 hp (227 kW) and 269 lb-ft of torque (365 Nm).

Both direct-injected engines feature intelligent stop/start technology that seamlessly shuts off the engine when power is not needed, based on a variety of driving factors, and both are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

“The Chevrolet Blazer is more than just good looks,” said Waqar Hashim, Blazer chief engineer. “Both the Ecotec® 2.5L four-cylinder engine and 3.6L V-6 engine are paired to Chevrolet’s nine-speed automatic transmission, providing drivers a great balance between performance and efficiency.”

Traction Select is standard on all models and allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode to account for varying road conditions. On AWD models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, meaning drivers can opt to have their vehicle operate in FWD when AWD capability is not necessary.

RS and Premier models offer a more sophisticated twin-clutch AWD technology that helps optimize traction for every condition. It provides excellent performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, while also providing enhanced stability in dry weather.

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