Chevrolet fills the gap between the Traverse and Equinox with the 2019 Blazer, a mid-size crossover SUV that carries a familiar design from its cousin.
Trims And A Recognizable Influence
At first glance, the new five-seater model immediately reminds people of its sportier inspirations. Up front, the shape of the headlights and its wide grille appears akin to the look of the new Camaro. Fortunately, the similarities end there as the rear is clearly influenced by the Traverse.
A total of three trims are available for buyers with the base model powered by a 2.5-liter inline-four engine that produces 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, both the RS and Premier variants rely on a 3.6-liter V6 that generates 305 horsepower together with 269 lb-ft of torque. Both configurations are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.
The latter two trims boast a towing capacity rated at 4,500 pounds and include a hitch view feature to make alignment with a trailer easier.
Nostalgic Name Modern Design
Automotive industry experts notice the increasing retro trend as carmakers resurrect familiar names such as the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross, Lincoln Continental, Honda Insight, and Ford with the upcoming Bronco. Chevrolet revisits a name that dates back to 1969 with the 2019 Blazer. Before its reveal, there was speculation that the company will release a model to join the Equinox and Traverse.
"Chevrolet has been at the forefront of each of the major automotive industry trends by anticipating consumer demand and delivering innovative products like Bolt EV, Colorado and Trax," explained Alan Batey, GM North America president. "The introduction of the all-new Blazer builds on that momentum and further strengthens the most comprehensive lineup of crossovers and SUVs on the market today," he added.
The upcoming five-seater showcases a floating roofline appearance thanks to the black pillars and trim that sweeps up to the rear spoiler. The standard option comes with 18-inch wheels, while the RS and Premier receive 20-inch. An optional upgrade to 21-inch is available for the latter two versions.
Exterior, Interior, And Notable Features
To make each 2019 Blazer variant stand out, Chevrolet gives the RS blacked-out accents with touches of red inside. Meanwhile, the Premier sports chrome with dual-tone seats. The manufacturer has yet to reveal more about mid-size SUV but insiders list details such as an 8-inch infotainment unit that supports Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, and more.
Owners can now electronically lock the glove box for added security and remotely open the windows to allow heat to escape the vehicle. The middle sibling of the Traverse and Equinox looks like it is ready to take on the Ford Bronco when it officially comes out.