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2019 Chevrolet Blazer debuts in US

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Chevrolet has unveiled the 2019 Blazer as a mid-size crossover SUV, which slots between the Equinox and the full-size Traverse.

The photos here showcase the Premier and the sporty RS models. As for the design, Chevrolet calls it a “bold styling” with a dual setup at front where the DRLs are separated from the low-placed headlamps – which is a trend these days.

As for the rest of the design, the designers seems to have taken the cues from different models where the side profile reminds us of the Santa Fe, and the “dual-element” in the two part tail lamps reminds us of the previous-gen A Class.

“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.”

The Blazer rides on 18-inch aluminium wheels as standard, and up to 21-inch wheels are available for both the RS and Premier models.

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Interiors feature 8-inch touchscreen running Chevrolet Infotainment 3, 4G LTE Wi-Fi (with 1-month/3GB data trial), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, electronic-locking glove box, comfort-open windows — activated by the key fob, and Hands-free power liftgate with Bowtie logo projection.

Optional equipment includes panoramic dual-pane power sunroof, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Camera Mirror, automatic heated steering wheel and automatic heated/ventilated front seats (work with Remote Start and/or automatic climate control to automatically adjust temperature), heated outboard rear seats (standard on Premier), Wireless charging, six USB ports, Hitch Guidance and Hitch view.

Cargo space measures 1,818 litres with the second-row seats folded flat.

Powertrain
The new Blazer is powered by a standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine rated at 193 hp (143 kW) and 188 lb-ft of torque (255 Nm). A 3.6L V6 is also available, delivering 305 hp (227 kW) and 269 lb-ft of torque (365 Nm).

Both engines feature intelligent stop/start technology that shuts off the engine when power is not needed, based on a variety of driving factors, and both are paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

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, the company said.

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