As Ford prepares to revive the Bronco, Chevrolet will soon bring back the Blazer. But the two models will not compete at all. Because the new Chevrolet will now be a very civilized SUV, intended to fill the space between Equinox and Traverse.
A brand new 2019 Chevy Blazer that will go on sale next year was unveiled Thursday in Atlanta.
General Motors (GM), the parent company of Chevrolet, has not manufactured a Blazer since 2005. But the world has become crazy for SUVs, so a car manufacturer like GM has to offer a size imaginable. This new Blazer is designed to be a little bigger and more spacious than the compact Chevrolet Equinox, but smaller than the big Crossover Traverse SUV with its three rows of seats.
But it’s not just a big issue, “said Michael Simcoe, Global Design Manager at GM. The new 2019 Chevy Blazer also has a sportier character than other Chevrolet SUVs. The team of Chevrolet designers did not try to make the old Blazers look like he said, but they wanted it to reflect their juvenile appeal.
The new 2019 Chevy Blazer can accommodate up to five people and will be offered with a choice of 4-cylinder or V6 engines. The rear seats will slide backwards or forwards by 5.5 inches to create more cargo space or more legroom, as needed. With the largest V6 engine, it will tow 4,500 pounds.
It will be available in a number of versions, including the luxurious Premier Blazer and sporty-looking Blazer RS. Information on pricing and fuel economy will be available closer to the time the Blazer goes on sale early next year.
The original Blazer, called the K5 Blazer, went on sale in 1969. It was a rugged all-wheel-drive vehicle built on the chassis of a full-size Chevy pickup. Designed to compete with vehicles such as the Ford Bronco and the International Harvester Scout, it was essentially an off-road truck for transporting people.
You might be more familiar with the smaller S-10 Blazer that was released in 1983. It was also built on the chassis of a pickup truck, but this time on the compact S-10 truck. For years, GM has sold both Blazers so customers can choose the size that fits their needs. Eventually, however, the biggest Blazer was replaced by the Tahoe. The smaller one was discontinued in 2005 and replaced by the Chevrolet Equinox crossover SUV.
The 2019 Chevy Blazer is not the only classic SUV to make a comeback. Ford will also reintroduce the Bronco in 2020. Sharing its engineering with the Ford Ranger pickup, the new Bronco will be destined for off-road use more serious than the Blazer.