Cool Car For Sale: LS3-Powered 1970 Chevrolet K5 Blazer
The Chevrolet K5 Blazer was introduced in 1969 as a full-size SUV. The K5 was originally a short wheelbase truck, and the Blazer was based on it to take on the Ford Bronco and the Jeep CJ Series, in extension. The K5 Blazer was on the market for over 25 years before it was replaced by the Chevy Tahoe in 1995. But, the SUV still looks as timeless and handsome as it did back then.
Recently, a first-gen 1970 K5 Blazer arrived at Bring-a-Trailer. This particular example comes with a whole lot of changes, including plastic surgery and a heart transplant as part of a major refurbishment that took place four years ago. So, would it be fair to call it a modern-day K5 Blazer?
Chevy Will Offer The 2021 Colorado With Three New Packages
Chevy unveiled the 2021 Chevy Colorado facelift sometime back and it comes with a few aesthetic upgrades that would keep it fresh until the next-gen arrives. According to GMAuthority, Chevy will also be introducing three new packages solely focused on aesthetics. These packages will certainly add a nice zing to the new Colorado. Will these packages help the Colorado inch closer to the Toyota Tacoma in terms of sales figures?
The Chevy Colorado With An LT4 V-8 Engine Is Something That We Didn’t Know We Wanted
The Chevy Colorado is a fun compact truck that appeals to the daily driver and the enthusiasts alike. The company offers an off-road variant with a V-6 mill under its hood - the ZR2 – but Chevy never offered a hot, powerful V-8 on it. As it turns out, aftermarket tuners saw the void and decided to capitalize on it by plonking in the V-8 from the C7 Corvette Z06. But, it didn’t end there. The owner went ahead and further tuned it with Lingenfelter’s 720 Horsepower Kit. Result? A badass Colorado that is scary fast.
2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer
Chevrolet has revived an age-old moniker and added to its already crowded lineup. The Trailblazer has returned into the fold after a 12-year hiatus to slot itself between the little Trax and the larger Equinox.
The Trailblazer will be the seventh SUV that Chevy has to offer to the U.S. market. It will sit alongside the Trax, Equinox, Blazer, Traverse, Tahoe, and Suburban. The six existing SUVs cover all the bases that a customer looks for when buying a vehicle; so, what was the point of launching the Trailblazer? It was touted to replace the Trax in the lineup, but the latter did quite well in 2019.
Watch Karma Deal Its Inevitable Wrath As the Driver of a Chevy Equinox Pulls an Illegal U-Turn
Every day we find reasons to admit that, while the person individually is smart, people as a whole are stupid. The video you see here reinforces that concept beyond a reasonable doubt and karma catches up with a stupid driver almost instantly? What exactly and I talking about? Well, the video you see below showcases what happens when you either don’t pay attention or don’t give a shit about traffic laws or street signs. In short, someone in a Chevy Equinox (at least one-generation back) not only ignores common street signs that prohibit U-turns but ignores a red light and the train alert system in place. Without even watching the video, I bet you can already guess what happened.
Yup; that moronic driver got creamed. Lucky for them, however, they were going fast enough that the train they cut in front of only hit the rear, driver’s side quarter panel. It could have clearly been much worse and, if the driver was just going a bit slower, this would have undoubtedly been a fatal accident. Of course, it could have been anyway considering the fact that there could have been someone in the rear seat of the Equinox. We’re hoping not, and we hope that anyone in the car escaped with no or minor injuries.
This video also raises a question about whether or not mankind is actually devolving. The driver of this Equinox exhibited no common sense, no respect for the laws of the road, and absolutely zero survival or self-preservation instinct. Instead, their desire to get somewhere just a few minutes quicker almost cost them their life and who knows what kind of injuries for passengers on the train or anyone else in the car. The driver of the Equinox has, hopefully, learned their lesson and you can chalk this one off as one more brownie point toward an ever-increasing need to put self-driving cars on the road.
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Driven
Think about what makes a Chevy Camaro different from other cars. Its engines are powerful and its suspension is beautifully composed. Its headlights and windows are sinister little slits. You spin its big dashboard vents to adjust the climate control.
The new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer transfers some of that Camaro magic into the midsize crossover class. The exterior design certainly evokes that sporty coupe rather than the Blazer’s heritage as a hardy off-road machine. And inside, sure enough, you spin the big dashboard vents to adjust the climate control. Even the driving experience is a little bit special, with nimbler handling than the midsize crossover norm and a powerful 308-horsepower V6 engine. With the Blazer, though, fun is relative. This is basically a shortened Chevrolet Traverse, not a tall Camaro. On the other hand, the Blazer’s styling sacrifices less functionality than the Camaro’s. Even if it’s less roomy and has worse visibility than most midsize crossovers, it’s still a midsize crossover — and not even one of those dubious “coupe” models that the Germans keep cranking out.
We’ve probably all heard critics grouse and grouse about the Blazer being reborn as a crossover, rather than returning to its roots as a traditional SUV. (Chevrolet discontinued the old pickup-truck-based Blazer in 2005.) But whatever it’s called, the new Blazer fills an obvious hole in the Chevy crossover lineup - between the compact Equinox and the full-size Traverse. It’s priced from $29,995 to $50k-plus and faces competitors that include the Ford Edge, Honda Passport, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Nissan Murano. While the Blazer’s relatively tight cargo space and fast-rising prices make it a tough sell on paper, it’s not without merit once you get to know it. Join us as we share more of what we’ve learned from spending a week in a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer.
Chevy Just Ruined the Trailblazer Name Too
The Chevrolet Trailblazer is back in American soil, or at least the name “Trailblazer” is back. What was once a mid-size SUV with certain off-road chops is now a stylized crossover that looks more at home in America’s suburbs than in the actual outdoors. The “new” Trailblazer looks like a downsized version of the Blazer SUV, right down to the Camaro-inspired styling. It’ll go on sale in early 2020 as a 2021 model and will slot between Chevy’s entry-level Trax crossover and the slightly bigger — and longer — Equinox SUV. So, it’s not the Trailblazer we used to know, which begs the question: why did Chevrolet bring the nameplate back in the first place?
2020 Ford Explorer vs 2019 Chevy Traverse
The Ford Mustang vs. Chevrolet Camaro battle may be the most iconic rivalry among Detroit-based automakers, but it has fallen behind the SUV wars in recent years. Both Ford and Chevy are playing hard on the crossover market, and the midsize war just got a lot more interesting now that the Traverse has a brand-new Explorer to take on.
While the Explorer has been around since 1990, the Traverse was born rather recently, in 2008. But despite being only 11 years old as of 2019, the nameplate enjoys great success. It’s not as successful as the Explorer, America’s best-selling SUV, but it definitely has what it takes to give the Ford a run for its money. How do these SUVs compare? Find out in the comparison below.
Chevy is Bringing Back the Monza Name, With an RS Badge, but Don’t Expect to Get One Outside of China
Chevrolet is reviving the Monza name after a 38-year hiatus in the shape of a sporty mid-size sedan that comes with an RS badge and hopes to elbow its way into the preferences of the Chinese customer. That’s because the car will be unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show which means it will most likely be a China-exclusive model.
Last time the Chevrolet Monza was relevant it was 1980, and things were very different. For one, Chevrolet wasn’t building special models for the Chinese market, and mid-size sedan sales weren’t dropping at an alarming rate Stateside. So let’s see what this new car has to offer beyond a reheated nameplate.
5 Ways the Blazer Competes Outside Its Class
When you think about it, Chevrolet is a producer of cheap, mass-produced cars. Its cars aren’t exactly something we’d call premium, however, some names under the Chevrolet umbrella definitely have that premium feel to them - most notably the Camaro and the Corvette. Have you ever witness someone comparing these two with the likes of BMW M cars or even Ferrari cars (in the case of the ZR1, for example). I am sure you have.
So, yes, these are Chevrolet’s halo cars- those which can, unlike the Trax or the Cruze, compare outside their imaginable segments. What if Chevy plans to do the same with the Blazer? To transform it from a classic cheap crossover to something one may even consider comparable to certain premium cars. The Blazer definitely has the right name and, probably, the right looks on top of that.
In this article, I will explore five ways the Blazer could compete outside its class. Maybe with cars such as the Jaguar F-Pace, the Infiniti QX50, or the Acura RDX. These are all five-seat, luxury, midsize crossovers, just like the Chevy Blazer. So, for the sake of this article, let’s forget about its true competitors - the Ford Edge, the Hyundai Santa Fe, the Nissan Murano, and the Subaru Outback.
In a surprising turn of events, Chevrolet revived the Blazer after a 13-year hiatus. Granted, it wasn’t totally unexpected as there were rumors about a revival, but the new Blazer came out of the blue, with no warning in the form of leaked photos or spy shots. And the revival also brought a lot of drama, as the new Blazer isn’t the rugged, body-on-frame SUV that everyone was hoping for.
Instead, Chevy reintroduced the iconic nameplate for a unibody crossover that slots between the Equinox and the Traverse and mixes styling cues from the Camaro and other Chevy vehicles. It’s definitely confusing for such a big revival and gearheads the world over are debating whether GM made the right move here. As we usually do when an important vehicle is launched, we’re joining the discussion with opinions from the TopSpeed staff. Read them below.
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Will There Be a Performance Chevy Blazer or an Off-Road Capable Chevy Blazer ZR2?
In the world of today where SUVs such as the Porsche Cayenne or the Alfa Romeo Stelvio act more like sports cars than utility vehicles, we Americans have to keep up. We have been doing so with the likes of the insane Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk or some “spirited” versions of other large SUVs. Yet, it seems that manufacturers here lack the conviction of the Audi S division, or the Mercedes-AMG division to make high-performance versions of basically every car they sell, SUVs included. With the introduction of the new Chevrolet Blazer, I was curious about the possible prospects of a performance version, or a “soft, off-road” knockoff. Not that the Blazer name is entirely dissociated from that kind of thing. Looking back in past, we have the Blazer Xtreme Sport or the Blazer ZR2. One of these was a sporty version, while the other a rather interesting, off-road-focused machine. Can Chevrolet bring any of these back?
While dramatic in design and dominant in appearance, the new Chevrolet Blazer is, in fact, a rather sensible machine adapted for family use. No, it does not have seven seats inside, but that does not stop it from having all the imaginable functionality one could expect only from a new crossover.
Alan Batey, President of GM North America and Global Chevrolet brand Chief, said at the reveal that GM is bringing “one all-new SUV to the Chevrolet showroom. One that will have exceptional functionality and truly dramatic design.”
Chevrolet really went out of its own way to craft a fascinatingly practical car. This list of five reasons why you will love the new Chevy Blazer will show you exactly what Mr. Batey meant by “exceptional functionality.”
Pops’ Rants: Your complaints about the new Chevrolet Blazer are invalid
2019 Chevrolet Blazer
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.
Update 9-25-2018: Chevy has announced standard and optional features available for the 2019 Chevy Blazer. Check out lists in our reviews below.
Five Surprising Facts About The New Chevrolet Blazer
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.