Chevrolet unveils new 2019 Blazer
Chevrolet has taken the wraps off their next mid-size SUV, named after the historic Blazer SUVs of decades past. The new five-passenger SUV will debut in early 2019 as an upscale alternative to the more family-oriented compact Equinox and mid-size Traverse models.
The new Blazer will be powered by Chevrolet's Ecotec 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. Buyers may opt for a 3.6-liter V6 engine offerings 305 hp and 269 tq. Both engine options are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
All-wheel-drive will be optional, with two different systems available depending on the trim level chosen. The basic AWD system features the ability to disconnect the rear wheels when all-wheel traction is not necessary, such as on dry pavement. The more luxurious RS and Premier trims will receive an advanced twin-clutch AWD system that Chevy says will provide even better performance on snow, ice, and deep water, and also enhanced stability and traction in dry conditions.
The new Blazer is also designed to be tech-friendly, with features including an 8-inch touchscreen interface that supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as Chevrolet's standard 4G/LTE data support with wi-fi in the vehicle.
The Blazer offers up to 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down, and a new cargo management system with an adjustable cargo fence mounted on rails to fit packages of any size. When equipped with the V6 engine, the Blazer will tow up to 4,500 pounds, and offer hitch guidance and hitch view through the rear-view camera.
Inside, the Blazer offers a luxurious cabin with available automatic heated steering wheel and heated/ventilated front seats, and heated outboard rear seats. The rear seats offer limited sliding ability to provide more legroom. Additional luxury features include a hands-free power liftgate, adaptive cruise control, and wireless mobile device charging.
Pricing has not yet been announced, but is expected before the Blazer arrives in dealer showrooms early next year.