When Chevrolet made the Equinox smaller, it left a vacuum in its crossover roster between the Equinox and the larger Chevrolet Traverse. There’s been talk about resurrecting the Blazer name for some time, so it’s not surprising that the automaker is adding the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer to the Chevy lineup. All indications are this model is poised to be a hit at dealerships like the Spirit Lake Chevy dealer. Perhaps coincidentally, 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the original Chevy Blazer.
The new Chevrolet Blazer won’t be a truck-based SUV like its predecessor. Instead, the 2019 Blazer will ride on the same C1 platform as the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5. According to Chevy Spirit Lake, the Blazer seats five passengers and is available in three trim levels: base, Premier and RS.
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 193 horsepower and 188 lb.-ft. of torque. There’s an available 3.6-liter V6 engine that makes 305 hp and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. Both powerplants are teamed to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Both engines come with stop-start technology and direct injection. All-wheel drive is standard on the Premier and RS trims.
Blazer drivers can select a drive mode that optimizes the vehicle’s stability and traction systems to match driving conditions. The start-stop feature saves fuel by shutting down the engine when the vehicle is idling, such as when it’s stopped at a traffic light. The all-wheel-drive system found on the RS and Premier models include a twin-clutch rear differential, which improves handing and traction by shifting torque between the rear wheels. Standard wheels are 18-inch, and 21-inch wheels are available.
There’s plenty of space in the Chevrolet Blazer to store just about anything you’ll need to carry, with 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space available with the rear seat folded flat.
Maximum towing capacity for the Blazer with the V6 engine is 4,500 pounds. Buyers can choose the available Hitch Guidance and Hitch View systems that allow one person to align and hitch the Blazer to a trailer. The Blazer RS and Premier trims come with an electronic-locking glove box and a new Cargo Management System that includes a rail system and cargo fence that lets owners divide the cargo space to secure smaller items. The Cargo Management System and a power liftgate are standard on the Premier and RS trims.
Optional features include a rear camera mirror, adaptive cruise control, a panoramic dual-pane power sunroof, automatic heated and ventilated front seats an automatic heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charging, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and hardware for in-car wireless data. Also available are comfort-open windows, which lets owners use the key fob to open the windows remotely when they’d like to let heat escape.
EPA-estimated fuel economy figures aren’t in as of this writing, but we expect the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer to be fuel efficient for its class, thanks in part to the start-stop system that comes with both engines.