GM has quite a few crossovers on the market thanks to their big three manufacturers. However, it looks like some of their rivals managed to take the lead a while ago. Ford has three different crossovers on the market with a fourth one coming soon. In order to regain some of that lead, it looks like Chevrolet might release a new car in the near future. So far the manufacturer didn’t confirm it but there are quite a few inside sources saying some really interesting things. For starters, it looks like the third crossover in their lineup will be the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer. This name hasn’t been used in the US since 2005 when it was used on the S-10 Blazer. However, it looks like the car is not going to be what we first thought.
Review and Price
At first, most rumors were saying the Blazer will be a body-on-frame SUV meant to compete with the future Bronco. This would actually make a lot of sense, especially when taking into account the past.
However, we wouldn’t be so sure about this. It looks like most inside sources say the new Blazer will be based on GM’s C1XX architecture.
This also underpins the Cadillac XT5 or the Acadia and it doesn’t have much in common with what it was first rumored. In fact, this is a front wheel drive platform meant for crossovers.
If this is the case then GM is looking to compete with the Ford Edge which doesn’t really have a competitor. This means the Blazer will be more premium than it was first suggested.
The price is likely going to hover around $30,000 for a base model which is just as much as the Traverse which is bigger and features more seats.
2019 Chevrolet Blazer Concept
Now that we have an idea about what GM wants to do, it is safe to assume the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer will be quite similar to the Traverse.
The car is likely going to feature a nearly identical front end with the split-grille design and the really narrow headlights.
However, we can also expect the Blazer to feature a few aggressive design cues. On the sides the car may borrow cues from the XT5 while the rear should be considerably more aggressive than that of the Traverse.
Considering it will feature a shorter wheelbase, the Blazer will be shorter and lower than the Traverse. However, it might also be wider in order to accentuate its sportier character.
Thanks to its higher price-tag, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer will be able to offer more features as standard than its siblings.
As standard the car should get an 8 inch infotainment system, dual-zone climate control, electric mirrors and seats as well as more premium materials.
The base model should also get part-leather seats, a part-digital instrument cluster and a full selection of safety features.
The actual design of the cabin on the other hand will not be all that different from the Traverse. The only real change will likely be the steering wheel.
The Blazer is likely going to feature a three-spoke steering wheel, more similar to what the Camaro has to offer.
Release date of 2019 Chevrolet Blazer
We assume that the new Chevy Blazer will find its place in the market at the end of 2019. Not earlier, because it is still in the early testing phase. If you didn’t know 2019 Blazer is a mid-size SUV that will fill the void between Equinox and the larger Traverse.
Engine and Specs
Considering the platform General Motors will use, it is safe to assume the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer will get roughly the same engines as its siblings.
However, because it is a more premium car, the base model will likely come with quite a bit more power than some would expect. The naturally aspirated 2.5 liter engine is still a possibility.
However, it would make more sense for GM to use their well known 2.0 liter turbo-four as the base mill. With around 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, this should easily make the Blazer one of the faster crossovers in its class.
Further up the range the car will likely come equipped with a larger 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6.
This should be able to provide anything between 310 and 335 horsepower and up to 280 lb-ft of torque. All cars will come equipped with GM’s 9 speed automatic and front wheel drive.
An all wheel drive system will definitely be available on the higher end models. Some also suggested GM will offer a hybrid option in the future. However, considering they just released the 1.6 liter diesel, this is highly unlikely.
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