2019 Chevrolet Blazer Review

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2019 Chevrolet Blazer Overview

The last time the Blazer nameplate was used, which was over a decade ago, it referred to a compact body-on-frame SUV that prioritized ruggedness over comfort. Since then, market tastes have shifted -- for 2019, Chevrolet has reincarnated the Blazer nameplate, putting it in competition with midsize two-row crossovers with fashion and livability at the forefront like the Nissan Murano and Ford Edge.

The new Blazer’s exterior is easily one of the most stylish and passionate models to come from the bowtie-brand in some years. In fact, the Blazer’s looks could be summed up as “Camaro-crossover.” The front end consists of Chevrolet’s contemporary grille motif separating a slim opening above and a tall, main one below. Narrow LED strips toward the top of the front fascia give the Blazer character, but the functional headlights are housed midway down the bumper. The Blazer’s windscreen and side windows are joined together by painted black surface for a pillarless-look and a severe swoop carries several creases upward toward a floating roof. Pronounced front and rear fender bulges give the shape volume. At the back, wide taillights flank a license plate recess that echoes the grille shapes at the front.

The base engine for the Blazer is a 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. For those who wish to put more pep in their drive, however, Chevrolet offers a 3.6-liter V6 with 305 hp and 269 lb-ft. Both engines are backed by a performance-tuned 9-speed automatic transmission. All models come with a standard Terrain Select system that optimizes driving in different types of environments, and in real-time Front-wheel drive (FWD) is the default option, with all-wheel drive (AWD) on offer as an extra-cost proposition. RS and Premier buyers can select an advanced twin-clutch AWD system for greater performance capability.

While most Chevrolet products present a warm tranquil experience full of smooth, rounded shapes, the Blazer dials up the aggression with hard edges, thickly-bolstered seats, a dashboard that cants forward, and sporty color schemes. Entire pieces, like the center vents that also function as temperature dials, are lifted straight from the Camaro.

What’s more, each of the grades highlights individuality and choice with its own interior and exterior themes. For instance, the RS trim sees most of its exterior brightwork replaced with gloss black trim, an enlarged grille, exclusive 21-inch wheels, lowered sideskirts, and brash paint colors. Premier, on the other hand, focuses on upscale details like extensive use of chrome and smart, fashion-forward interior trimmings.

While Chevrolet has been mum on most of the Blazer’s details, it has mentioned a few standard and optional features designed to help occupants make the most of the cabin. There’s a sliding rear seat and the brand’s first cargo management system, which consists of a sliding rail and a cargo fence, to help divide the total cargo area. As far as safety is concerned, an available hitch-view camera aids drivers in the tricky task of aligning a hitch and trailer, and Chevrolet also promises a comprehensive suite of active crash-prevention features.

The new 2019 Blazer fills the gap between the compact Equinox and large Traverse in Chevrolet’s lineup. But rather than just being another placeholder, the model comes with a striking design and an excellent blend of compromise and performance. Look for more details, like pricing, fuel economy, and options, to trickle out in the coming months. The Blazer is set to hit dealerships in early 2019.

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Kyree is new to the automotive journalism scene, but has voiced snarky public opinions about cars for quite some time. When he's not drooling over the latest European luxury sled, he's designing web experiences or writing backend code.

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