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-lamp setup at the 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 seem 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 taillamps reminds us of the previous-gen A-Class.
“The Blazer has an 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.
Interiors feature an 8-inch touchscreen running Chevrolet Infotainment 3, 4G LTE Wi-Fi (with 1-month/3GB data trial), Apple CarPlay & 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 a panoramic dual-pane power sunroof, Adaptive Cruise Control, Rear Camera Mirror, automatic heated steering wheel and automatic heated/ventilated front seats (works with Remote Start and/or automatic climate control to automatically adjust temperature), heated outboard rear seats (standard on Premier), wireless smartphone charging, 6 USB ports, Hitch Guidance and Hitch view.
Cargo space measures 1,818 litres with the second-row seats folded flat.
The new Blazer is powered by a standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine rated at 143 kW (194 metric hp) and 255 Nm (188 lb-ft) of torque. A 3.6L V6 is also available, delivering 227 kW (309 metric hp) and 365 Nm (269 lb-ft) of torque.
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, Chevy said. 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.