Are You Ready for the Return of the Chevy Blazer?
General Motors is reintroducing the Chevrolet Blazer—one of America’s favorite mid-sized SUVs. The last time a Blazer line was given to the United States public was 14 years ago—which puts GM in the spotlight for 2018.
Out with the Old, and in with the New
The last Chevy Blazer was GM’s last due to the automaker’s decision to shift production to Mexico. As such, their announcement of a 2019 Blazer model was surprising. Reportedly, the Blazer will be built in Mexico’s Ramos Arizpe factory—powered by GM’s 15,000-plus automotive production workers.
The decision to produce the 2019 Blazer in Mexico was supposedly made years go. The decision was followed by a new decision to create the Blazer’s engines in the United States.
The 2019 Chevy Blazer Specifications
The new Blazer boasts a sportier makeup than previous models. GM’s Global Head of Design, Michael Simcoe, has revealed the new Blazer’s smaller, trendier design. It feels new, seating up to five passengers, powered by either a 4-cylinder or a V6 engine.
As for the interior, the new Blazer features sliding back-and-forward seats which reach up to 5.5 inches—creating more legroom and cargo room alike. Drivers opting for the V6 version will be able to tow a staggering 4,500 pounds.
Comparisons to Other Mid-Sized SUVs
Chevy’s “smaller and better” model might shift the mid-sized SUV industry a little. The original K5 Blazer, sold in 1969, was big, powerful and outfitted with all-wheel-drive. It was a product of its times—designed to compete against larger rides like the International Harvester Scout and the Ford Bronco.
Today’s Blazer takes the wide-angle-approach to functionality. Because previous Blazers were eventually outgunned by the Tahoe, GM’s decision to push smaller versions is a smart one. The 2019 Blazer isn’t the only classic SUV returning, either. Ford will re-introduce its own classic SUV in 2020: The 2020 Bronco.
The Blazer might not be a serious off-road SUV, but it’s expected to introduce a more refined SUV experience. Presumably, drivers will come to appreciate the tight, efficient Blazer design. Where the industry goes from there, however, is anyone’s guess. For now, it’s all we can do but be excited for the Blazer’s impressive, and unique approach to the mid-sized category.