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2021 Chevrolet Blazer XL

2021 Chevrolet Blazer XL

A seven-seat version of the Blazer for China and South America

The Chevrolet Blazer XL is an upcoming variant of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. Introduced in 2018, the 2019 Blazer is a midsize crossover that revived the iconic nameplate after a 13-year absence and slots between the Equinox and the Traverse in the lineup. The Blazer XL is essentially a longer version of the standard SUV. Spotted testing with heavy camouflage on its body, the Blazer XL will likely debut in 2020.

Word has it that the longer Blazer was developed mainly for the Chinese market, where customers favor vehicles with longer wheelbases. But since the prototype was spotted in Germany, the Blazer XL might make it to Europe as well. South America is yet another growing market that will see the Blazer XL debut in 2020. Although this SUV is scheduled to cross the pond to the United States as well, the fact that it’s going to be built in China might be an issue for Chevy due to America’s import tariffs on Chinese products.

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2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1

2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1

The first mid-engined ZR1 should be here in 2020

The 2021 Chevrolet C8 Corvette ZR1 is an upcoming high-performance version of the eighth-generation Corvette. Likely to debut toward the end of 2020, the Corvette ZR1 should become the range-topping version of the C8 Corvette lineup and sit above the upcoming Corvette Z06. Details are slim as of 2019, but the 2021 Corvette ZR1 should feature a more aggressive and more aerodynamic body, extra carbon-fiber, a V-8 with forced induction (it could even be a hybrid), and a beefed-up chassis packed with race-bred components.

Original rumors claimed that the ZR1 might feature a "Zora" badge in honor of former GM engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov, also known as the "father of the Corvette" and the man who experimented with mid-engined Corvette designs back in the day. It seems that this rumor might not become a reality, but the C8 ZR1 could be a massive departure from its predecessor thanks to a hybrid layout and all-wheel drive. Of course, this has yet to be confirmed, but Chevy did admit that the C8 Corvette was developed with electrification in mind. Let’s find out more about that in the review below.

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Apparently, the Mid-Engined 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Can Carry Two Full Golf Bags in its Frunk

Apparently, the Mid-Engined 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Can Carry Two Full Golf Bags in its Frunk

That’s more space than we expected

Like a unicorn in a prairie, the mid-engined 2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 has become the stuff of myth, randomly showing up in a random corner of the U.S at, well, random times. It’s been spotted in Detroit, Arizona, Colorado, California, and Florida. Most of the time, the Corvette C8 is seen with heavy camo wraps, but a few photos of the mid-engine supercar sitting idle in a gas station revealed something unique about it: a spacious front trunk, or “frunk,” as people in the business call it. Apparently, the Corvette C8’s frunk is big enough to fit, not one, but two full-sized golf bags, complete with actual golf clubs. It’s unclear how much space there really is that compartment, but if it’s as big as the rumors say it is, then it counts as one of many surprises that await all of us once Chevrolet finally gets around to launching it. Speaking of which, when’s that going to be, Chevy?

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The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Is Delayed for Electrical Problems Yet It's Still Testing In Michigan

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Is Delayed for Electrical Problems Yet It’s Still Testing In Michigan

Prototypes are back in the wild

We were all primed and ready to get every nitty gritty detail on the new mid-engined C8 Corvette in just a few weeks, as it was expected to debut at the Detroit Auto Show early next month. Unfortunately, it’s looking like that’s not gonna happen, as Chevy recently announced it wasn’t bringing anything new this time around. Apparently, the Bow Tie is struggling to sort out the new ‘Vette’s wiring. As such, C8 prototypes are once again popping up in the wild, as spotted in these recent Instagram posts.

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Mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 caught testing at Nurburgring

Mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette C8 caught testing at Nurburgring

Still under camo

It’s been only hours since our paparazzi spotted the mid-engined Corvette on public roads and GM’s upcoming supercar took another trip outside the garage. This time around, the mid-ship ’Vette got its wheels stretched on the famous Nurburgring track.

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Chevy Just Got Caught Racing a Mid-Engined Corvette Race Car!

Chevy Just Got Caught Racing a Mid-Engined Corvette Race Car!

Both mid-engined ’Vettes are expected to make their debuts at the 2019 North American International Auto Show

Just when it seemed like Chevrolet’s mid-engine Corvette was enough to make our knees weak in excitement, a report from Sportscar365 reveals that the American automaker is also developing a race car version of the mid-engine powerhouse. The race-dedicated website was able to get its hands on spy photos of a heavily camouflaged car that’s believed to be the mid-engine C8 Corvette race car. The photos were taken at Road America in Atlanta, which suggests that the car was doing some test runs in its natural habitat.

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The Chevy Corvette ZR1 Spotted with Less Camo; Proves Porsche and Ferrari Should Worry

The Chevy Corvette ZR1 Spotted with Less Camo; Proves Porsche and Ferrari Should Worry

It looks better than the 911 and 488, and is likely faster too!

It’s been a few months since we’ve seen the upcoming Corvette ZR1 out testing, with the last outing taking place on the Nurburgring in mid-April. The trail has since gone cold, but all that changed earlier this week when it was caught filling up with that sweet liquid gold we call gasoline. Even better yet, the prototype that was spotted is also half naked, giving us the best look at the coupe so far. Naturally, the entire front end and a small portion of the rear is still wrapped in the psychedelic camo that we all love to hate, but the lack of camo in the middle shows us that the ZR1 will, indeed, have the same rear quarters, roof, and doors found on the Stingray, Z06, and Grand Sport.

So far, there’s not a lot we know about the ZR1. It’s pretty much certain that the V-8 under the hood will be force fed, but whether or not that happens via a supercharger or a pair of twin turbos is still up in the air. We’re also not sure what it will deliver in terms of power, but with the Z06 cranking out some 650 ponies and the last-gen ZR1 making 638 ponies, we’re expecting no less than 700 horsepower out of the gate if not a little more. It should be able to tackle the 60-mph sprint in less than three seconds and will top out at more than 200 mph if you’ve got the balls to push it that hard. And, it’s about time that a C7-gen ZR1 makes its debut – the typical wait time for the ZR1 trim is about three to four years after the generation was introduced and 2018 will be the fourth year for the C7. So, we should be looking at a mid-2018 model or 2019 model at the latest. What can we spot in these new spy shots? Well, I’m glad you asked. Let’s take a better look real quick.

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Is This Mysterious Chevrolet Camaro the Next Z/28?

Is This Mysterious Chevrolet Camaro the Next Z/28?

We’re not sure, but it has to be!

It’s been just a week since Chevrolet launched the incredibly fast and aerodynamic ZL1 1LE, described as the "ultimate track-day Camaro," and it seems that GM is already testing a new performance version of the muscle car. Our paparazzi just stumbled across a heavily camouflaged prototype and there’s a big chance we’re looking at the next-generation Camaro Z/28.

Chevy is really mysterious about this test car and was very quick to cover the vehicle according to our spy photographers, who only had a few seconds to shoot it. The photos reveal what appears to be a current-generation Camaro with rather awkward camouflage attached to its front fascia. The nose is significantly different than a standard Camaro, but it’s difficult to tell whether the swirly wrap hides a redesigned shell or some extra bits of camo added to hide actual modifications of the grille and engine hood. And while the bumper seems pretty aggressive, the rear end and the sides are very similar to a standard Camaro SS.

So why do I think this is the new Z/28?

Well, it’s pretty simple. With both the ZL1 and ZL1 1LE already launched, there’s isn’t much Chevy could be working on right now. Granted, GM is probably already pondering changes for the mid-cycle facelift, but it’s way too early to have this car on public roads given that it won’t break cover until 2019. This pretty much leaves the Z/28 as the only logical option.

Now you’re probably going to say that it’s not as aggressive as a Z/28 should be, missing a rear wing and beefed-up arches and side skirt, and you’d be right to point that out. But, it’s important to note that this is probably an early prototype that has yet to receive its aero kit. We should see some of it in a few months. For now, all we know is the Z/28 is rumored to arrive sometime in 2018 with a high-revving, naturally aspirated engine good for at least 700 horsepower.

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Could Chevy Bring Back the Blazer?

Could Chevy Bring Back the Blazer?

Mystery SUV spotted wearing Chevy grille

It appears Chevrolet is preparing a mid-size crossover based on General Motors’ new C1XX, or “Chi” platform. Spy shots of the vehicles were recently captured, pouring fuel on rumors of the Blazer nameplate returning to Chevy’s lineup. Could we really see a Chevy Blazer and Ford Bronco matchup by the decade’s end?

The photos come by way of Automotive News, whose photographer caught a test mule roaming the streets of Michigan. The three-row crossover will be a corporate cousin to the new 2017 GMC Acadia and slot between the upcoming 2018 Chevy Equinox and full-size Traverse.

This would give Chevy a huge boost in crossover offerings, allowing it to strongly compete in the exploding crossover and SUV market. With the Blazer in place, Chevy would have six vehicles in the category. The upcoming Blazer also answers questions on why Chevrolet decided to downsize the Equinox for 2018.

As for the test mule itself, it clearly shares its platform with the Acadia. This is most evident in the lower portion of the body, with the fuel tank skid plate hanging below the unibody chassis, the area between the rear door and wheel well, and the rear lower rear bumper area. Each is all nearly identical to the 2017 Acadia.

As for its Chevy trimmings, the grille features horizontal chrome slats like the Traverse, the LED headlights look similar to the 2018 Equinox, and the rear tailgate has chrome trim just above the license plate. Dual exhaust tips give the crossover a sporty flair.

The Blazer is expected to debut sometime in 2017, perhaps at the Detroit Auto Show, ahead of its 2018 release. And like its size, Its price will slot between the Equinox and the Traverse.

So will Chevrolet bring the Blazer back for a fight with the upcoming Ford Bronco? Keep reading for more.

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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Will Get Camaro Z/28's Trick Shocks

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Will Get Camaro Z/28’s Trick Shocks

Will Chevy finally build a worthy Raptor competitor?

Spy photographers just nabbed telling shots of the upcoming Chevrolet Colorado ZR2’s suspension. This off-road oriented midsize pickup appears to be testing dynamic spool valve dampers, a high-performance shock absorber normally reserved for high-end supercars with track-focused suspensions. In fact, the last General Motors vehicle to use spool valve dampers was the fifth-generation Camaro Z/28. The Aston Martin One-77 also rides on spool valves.

Unlike the Ford F-150 Raptor with its external bypass shocks from Fox Racing, the Colorado ZR2’s spool valve dampers make use of a design that alleviates nearly all heat build-up, making the shock run cooler no matter what terrain it encounters. This makes the shock’s behavior very predictable, whether it’s been driven one mile or 100 miles.

The damper is also precisely controllable, allowing engineers to dial in exactly the amount of compression and rebound the shock exerts. Likewise, both the compression and rebound stokes can be dialed in separately, allowing the shock to behave differently depending on which direction the internal piston, or spool, is moving.

This allows GM to spec thicker coil springs within the MacPherson struck design on the front suspension. Despite the springs’ size, the truck should drive rather smoothly on normal pavement. Out back, the Colorado’s traditional leaf springs are matched with spool valve dampers placed on opposing sides of the solid axle.

It’s clear GM is still deep in the developmental stages with the Colorado ZR2, but we do expect the truck to break cover in the coming months. Out bet is on the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit come January. The truck will then likely go on sale come the fall of 2017 as a 2018 model. Pricing will surely come at a premium over the standard Colorado, but expect it to drastically undercut the F-150 Raptor’s pricing, making it more affordable.

For the full gallery of photos taken by the spy photographer, check out Autoblog’s coverage here. For more information and speculation of the Colorado ZR2, click “Continue Reading.”

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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Spied in the Desert!

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Spied in the Desert!

Will Chevy finally build the ZR2?

The clatter and hubbub surrounding the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 off-road pickup has died down since Chevy debuted a concept of the pickup at 2014 LA Auto Show. However, it seems the noise is about to pick up. Our friends over at TruckTrend just spotted this camouflaged Colorado running around the desert. The truck appears to have a suspension lift and a more aggressive front end. Mud terrain tires and fender flairs closing resembling those on the ZR2 concept are clearly seen.

So is this the Colorado ZR2? There’s no way to be completely sure.

Still, the Colorado is well past its introductory phase and it’s likely GM is ready to inject some life back in to the pickup. A purpose-built off-roader would certainly put GM on better ground with customers considering a Ford Raptor, Ram 1500 Rebel, or one of the Toyota TRD Pro products.

Through the camo we can see this test mule is missing the built-in recovery winch that made headlines in 2014. It’s very possible the winch won’t make production, but we’re hoping it was simply left off this truck. Perhaps it will be an option. Also not present is the pre-runner style rear bumper and rocker panel guards.

One thing not missing is ground clearance. Just look at the air under this Colorado! There’s also no low-hanging air dam just begging to be ripped off. Underneath, skid plating and beefy control arms are easily spotted.

GM will likely offer both the 3.6-liter gasoline V-6 and 2.8-liter Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel as engine options. In either case, expect the current six-speed automatic to handle shifting duties. Then again, if GM is really serious about making the ZR2 a Raptor fighter, the new 10-speed automatic could make its appearance. We’d also love to see GM shoehorn the 5.3-liter V-8 into the ZR2. You know, for a little something extra. We seriously doubt GM would be that adventurous, though. Regardless, 4WD should come as standard equipment with the ZR2, making it a formidable truck off the beaten path.

If GM green lights the project, we’d expect the Colorado ZR2 to debut sometime before the end of 2016 as a 2017 model. The ZR2 would be the range-topping model for the Colorado, with prices reflecting that accordingly.

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2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

GM’s answer to the fast and nimble Shelby GT350R

The Z/28 nameplate was revived in 2013 for the fifth-generation Camaro. The iconic name returned after 46 years as a track-ready version of the road-going coupe, just like it was originally conceived by Vince Piggins. It also received a big, naturally aspirated V-8 and, even though it wasn’t as powerful as the ZL1, it had a 7:37-minute Nurburgring lap to brag about, being quicker than its supercharged siblings, the Porsche 911 Carerra S, and the Lamborghini Murcielago LP640.

A hit with Chevy gearheads in its first months on the market, the Z/28 sold out quickly despite its $75,000 sticker. However, things didn’t go as expected in 2015, with GM eventually offering discounts of up to $4,000 for the performance coupe. With a brand-new Camaro in dealerships since late 2015, Chevrolet is now working on a third-generation Z/28. There is no specific timeline for the redesigned model, but chances are it will be unveiled by mid-2017. Until that happens, we decided to put together a speculative review to go with the cool rendering our artist just created.

Keep reading to find out what the next Camaro Z/28 might bring to the table and stay tuned for details.

Updated 05/18/2016: Based on the recent spy shots, we decided to make some improvements to our rendering. Check it out and let us know what do you think about it, and also if you think the Z/28 will be indeed that wild.

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Spy Shots: 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Drops Some Camouflage

Spy Shots: 2015 Chevrolet Cruze Drops Some Camouflage

It’s no secret that General Motors has been working on a update for the hot selling Chevrolet Cruze. We’ve seen spy shots of camo-covered Cruzes before, but none have been so revealing as these.

Looking past the digital zebra print, it’s apparent the 2015 makeover will be fairly extensive. The windshield is more steeply raked, while the rear roof section gets a more coupe-like fall towards the C-pillars. The front fascia is much lower and pointed than before with a more aggressive stance. The larger, reshaped grille starts a belt line that runs over the headlights, through the finders, and circles around to the rear taillights. The exterior door handles have been repositioned further up, integrating within the belt line.

Out back, reworked taillights look more detailed, while the third brake light is been moved to the trunk lid in the from of an LED light bar. The rear fascia is more detailed as well with a black, non-functional spoiler at its base.

The interior of the 2015 Cruze is said to be much more upmarket with a new, large touchscreen and revamped multifunction steering wheel. Stitching and chrome accents abound on the instrument panel and then carry throughout the cabin. Also visible is an “Eco Mode” button, a voice command button, and a lane-departure activation switch. Park assist looks to be among the switchgear as well.

Unfortunately for U.S. buyers, the Cruze will likely go on sale in other countries a few months before production ramps up within the two U.S. plants. General Motor rolled out the current Cruze in the same manner in order to deplete dealer inventory of older models the Cruze was replacing.

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