The iconic SUV returns after 13 years!

Introduced in 1969, the Chevrolet Blazer survived in many forms until 2005, when the iconic nameplate was retired for good. Come 2018, and Chevy finally revived the name for a new midsize crossover. This time around, the Blazer rides on a unibody platform and boasts a sporty, modern design based on the Camaro sports car.

It may have sounded ludicrous a few years ago, but the Blazer is no longer the boxy SUV that dominated the market back in the day. Instead of rolling yet another conventional crossover that would cannibalize the Traverse, Chevy designed the new Blazer with younger customers in mind and looked at the Camaro muscle car for inspiration. The new Blazer comes to take on the Ford Edge and the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and it looks like Chevy’s Detroit rivals have plenty to worry about.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Blazer.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer - Reveal video

2019 Chevy Blazer Exterior

  • Camaro-inspired front end
  • Massive grille
  • Slender headlamps
  • LED lights
  • Dull profile
  • Sporty RS trim
  • Unique look in the lineup
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The Blazer is heavily inspired by the latest Camaro, featuring similar headlamp and split-grille designs

Although it slots between the Equinox and the Traverse in the lineup, the Blazer looks nothing like its siblings. The front fascia is unusually aggressive for a Chevy, and it’s one of the very few crossovers on the market to look this angry. That’s because the Blazer seems heavily inspired by the latest Camaro, featuring similar headlamp and split-grille designs.

Editors Note: It kind of looks like it was inspired by Lexus too, don’t you think?

The headlamps are the first to catch the eye thanks to their incredibly thin layout. Basically just an LED strip, they’re slimmer than the upper grille they flank and give the crossover a frowning face. Moving over to the grille, it’s also heavily based on the Camaro’s, featuring a slender section above the bowtie badge and a massive section that extends all the way to the apron. The slightly trapezoidal shape that becomes wider toward the bottom makes it look like Lexus’ "spindle" grille, with the honeycomb-style mesh being the only element that sets it apart.

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While the front fascia looks as if Chevy turned the Camaro into a crossover, the profile is actually mundane

Below the headlamps, Chevrolet mounted bigger lights wrapped in angular bezels. The apron is less aggressive though, being rounded off by simple, black or body-colored panels and a small grille in the center.

While the front fascia looks as if Chevy turned the Camaro into a crossover, the profile is actually mundane, combining the usual elements we find on SUVs. The fenders aren’t particularly muscular, while the beltline is rather simple except for the way it moves upward below the quarter window to meet the tailgate spoiler. The blacked-out pillars are a nice touch, giving the SUV that desirable "floating roof" appearance. Below the belt, it showcases the usual black-painted wheel arches and thick side skirts. Various wheel designs are available, starting with the standard 18-inch aluminum rims. The more expensive RS and Premier models can be equipped with optional 21-inch rollers.

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The rear fascia is a bit more dramatic to look at, but it's not as menacing as the front end

The rear fascia is a bit more dramatic to look at, but it’s not as menacing as the front end. The trapezoidal cutout that hosts the license plate seems to mimic the front grille, while the diffuser-like element flanked by wide exhaust outlets add a bit of sportiness. The dual-element taillights are placed high in the fascia, so the lower section has a clean, modern look. The taillights feature two Y-shaped LED elements each for a dynamic look. The roof spoiler is pretty big for a crossover that’s not aimed at the performance market.

Much like other Chevys on the market, the Blazer features several unique elements depending on trim. For instance, while the range-topping Premier model comes with loads of chrome, the RS version replaced that with black elements for a more sinister appearance.

2019 Chevy Blazer Interior

  • Sporty, modern design
  • Premium-looking features
  • Optional goodies
  • Fairly big trunk
  • Nice-looking dashboard
  • Electronic-locking glove box
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Upholstery options include many colors and trims, as well as a padded knee area for a sportier look

The sporty vibe of the exterior is carried over inside the cabin, where the Blazer features an infotainment display similar to the Camaro, round A/C vents, and a prominent, horizontal insert that separates the upper and lower sections of the dashboard. This trim piece, which features both chrome and contrast stitching, extends all the way to the instrument cluster hood, with the metal trim hugging the unit on both sides.

The center stack sports two more A/C vents in the middle, while some of the car’s controls have been placed in a really thin strip above. Two big cup holders are placed on the right side of the center console that also features the gear shifter and the infotainment controller.

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When it comes to tech, the Blazer is the first Chevy to get an electronic-locking glove box

Upholstery options include many colors and trims, as well as a padded knee area for a sportier look. The options list also includes a panoramic power sunroof. Needless to say, the Blazer looks surprisingly premium on the inside, but most of the features that move a vehicle in the luxury market, like heated steering wheel and heated/ventilated front seats, remain optional. However, the Premier trim comes standard with heated outboard rear seats, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Camera Mirror, and hands-free power liftgate. Wireless charging is optional no matter the model.

When it comes to tech, the Blazer is the first Chevy to get an electronic-locking glove box. Roomy enough to fit a small handbag, the box is locked in Valet Mode for increased storage security.

The eight-inch color touchscreen runs the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 operating system and includes 4G LTE wi-fi

The automatic heated steering wheel and front seats work with Remote Start and the climate control system to automatically adjust temperatures. The comfort-open windows are activated by the key fob to roll down and help cool the car before the passengers enter the vehicle. Further options include Hitch Guidance, with helps align the Blazer’s hitch to a trailer by showing the center line on the rear-vision camera. Hitch View complements this features by showing a top-down view of the rear.

The eight-inch color touchscreen runs the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 operating system and includes 4G LTE wi-fi, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility.

Chevy says that the Blazer can swallow up to 64.2 cubic feet of cargo with the rear seats folded flat. That’s pretty good when compared to the Honda Pilot’s 55.9 cubic feet, but significantly below the Ford Explorer’s 81.7 cubic feet. The Blazer is the first Chevy to get the brand’s new cargo management system with rail and cargo fence. This feature is optional though.

2019 Chevy Blazer Drivetrain and Performance

  • Standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder
  • Optional 3.6-liter V-6
  • Up to 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard Traction Select feature
  • Optional AWD
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The standard unit is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder shared with the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon

Motivation is provided by a couple of engines spread throughout the General Motors lineup. The standard unit is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder shared with the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, and GMC Acadia and it pumps out 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. While not particularly powerful, this mill will provide the best fuel economy for the Blazer.

More oomph comes from the 3.6-liter V-6, an engine that’s also shared with Chevy and GMC pickup trucks, but it can also be found in the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5 SUVs as well. The V-6 was tuned to generate 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet, or about as much as in the Colorado pickup truck.

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More oomph comes from the 3.6-liter V-6, an engine that's also shared with Chevy and GMC pickup trucks

Both engines feature direct injection and are fitted with stop/start technology that shuts off the drivetrain when power is not needed. Also, both are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Every trim comes standard with Traction Select, a feature that enables the driver to make adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode for various road conditions. On models with all-wheel-drive, the system can disconnect from the rear axle, turning the Blazer into a FWD vehicle when AWD capability is not necessary.

Speaking of that, a different AWD system was developed for the more expensive RS and Premier models. Using twin-clutch technology, it helps optimize traction for wet, snowy, and icy conditions, while also improving stability on dry asphalt.

2019 Chevy Blazer Pricing

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The new Blazer will slot between the Equinox, priced from $23,580, and the Traverse, which retails from $29,930, in the lineup. However, if the competition is any indication, the Blazer could cost as much as the Traverse and retail from around $29,000 in base trim. Of course, the RS model will fetch more than $35,000, while the range-topping Premier will go for at least $40,000.

2019 Chevy Blazer Competition

Ford Edge

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While the Chevy Blazer is a traditional competitor for the Ford Bronco, the new SUV is actually smaller, so it will go against the Ford Edge. Most recently updated for the 2019 model year, the second-generation Edge is still fresh as far as looks and tech go, but it looks rather plain when compared to the Camaro-inspired Blazer. But, if you don’t care much about looks, the Edge is fun place be in as it features Ford’s latest tech, which the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that is plenty powerful at 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. While the 3.5-liter V-6 was discontinued, you can now get more oomph from the Edge ST, which uses a 2.7-liter EcoBoost that cranks out an impressive 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of twist. The Edge RS also comes with extra features that give it a more aggressive look, so it’s a good alternative to the Blazer RS. Pricing for the Edge starts from $29,315, but the range-topping model fetches more than $40,000.

Read our full review of the Ford Edge and Ford Edge ST.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

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The Grand Cherokee is just as legendary as the Blazer, having been around since 1992. The latest-generation model was launched in 2011, and it’s getting ready for a makeover. While its styling is getting a bit long in the tooth, the Grand Cherokee remains a popular choice among SUV gearheads, and it’s the only option that can be had with a V-8 engine and even a full-fledged performance package. While the standard 3.6-liter, Pentastar, V-6 generates 290 horsepower and 260 pound-feet, the 5.7-liter V-8 cranks out 360 horses and 390 pound-feet. Upgrade to the bigger 6.4-liter, Hemi, V-8, and output jumps to 475 horsepower and 470 pound-feet. If that’s not impressive enough, the Trackhawk model uses the Challenger Hellcat’s supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8, which sends a massive 707 horsepower and 645 pound-feet to the wheels. The Grand Cherokee retails from $30,895, but the SRT and Trackhawk models go for a whopping $67,695 and $86,200, respectively.

Read our full stories on the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk.

Nissan Murano

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The Murano has been around since 2015, but Nissan has added several active safety features and a new center console for 2018. The infotainment system features all the necessary tech and apps, and it’s accessed through an eight-inch display, just like in the Chevy Blazer. Power comes from a single engine, Nissan’s old 3.5-liter V-6. It makes 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, and continues to pair with a Continuously Variable Transmission. AWD can be had for $1,600 on any trim level.

While the Murano doesn’t benefit from the exposure, the Edge and Grand Cherokee have, it’s the SUV that comes close to the Blazer in terms of exterior design, sporting somewhat exotic cues shared with the 370Z sports car. Pricing for the 2018 Nissan Murano starts at $30,550. The mid-grade SV trim starts at $33,850 and the SL trim at $38,250. The decked-out Platinum trim carries a base price of $41,980 but includes just about every bell and whistle as standard equipment.

Read our full review of the 2018 Nissan Murano.

Conclusion

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Reviving the Blazer is arguably the biggest news we’ve gotten from Chevy in recent years. And while many may scoff at the fact that the new Chevy is a unibody crossover that’s smaller than its predecessor, I think that GM is doing the right thing here. Chevy is already selling a couple of boxy SUVs, so the Blazer’s Camaro-inspired face and overall sporty stance might bring new customers to the brand. The Blazer also stands out thanks to its sporty interior and superior towing capability compared to its most important rivals. If Chevy manages to keep pricing below the Edge, the Blazer could become one of the best-selling vehicles in its niche in 2019.

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    • * Tough competition

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

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Brief Chevrolet Blazer History

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The Chevy Blazer came to be in 1969 as a full-size SUV based on the C/K series pickup truck

The Chevy Blazer, also known as the K9 Blazer, came to be in 1969 as a full-size SUV based on the C/K series pickup truck. The first-generation was produced until 1972 and offered with both inline-six and V-8 engines. Introduced in 1973, the second-generation Blazer remained on the market for a whopping 18 years, until 1991. It gained various updates over the years, and it spawned a GMC version, called the Jimmy. Power was provided by various engines, ranging from a 4.1-liter inline-six to a 6.6-liter V-8, but Chevy also offered a 6.2-liter V-8 diesel. Sales declined dramatically from more than 80,000 units a year in the late 1970s to less than 30,000 in the late 1980s. Eventually, the Blazer was replaced with the Tahoe in 1991.

Alongside the full-size K5 Blazer, Chevy also introduced a mid-size S-10 Blazer in 1982, also based on a pickup truck. The smaller SUV also had smaller engines, using a range of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder units, as well as V-6 mills displacing up to 4.3 liters. The first-generation S-10 Blazer was produced until 1993. The second-gen model brought major changes design- and tech-wise and saw Chevy discontinue all engines but the 4.3-liter V-6. Unlike its predecessor, the second-gen Blazer was assembled on four continents, including Asia and Europe. The Blazer name disappeared for good in the U.S. in 2005, when Chevy halted production at its Ohio plant. However, the SUV survived for seven more years in Brazil.

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