Chevrolet has introduced the redesigned 2019 Blazer, set to hit dealerships in early 2019.
Highlights of the new Blazer, according to Chevy, include:
- Bold styling that features a strong grille and muscular proportions
- Driver-centric interior and distinctive looks on all models
- Model range includes sporty RS and up-level premier models
- Five-passenger seating with up to 64.2 cubic feet of max cargo space with second-row seats folded flat
- Adjustable sliding rear seat
- Available Chevy-first cargo management system with a rail system and cargo fence
- Available panoramic dual-pane power sunroof
- Standard 2.5-liter I-4 and available 3.6-liter V-6 engines, each backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission
- Advanced twin-clutch AWD system available
- 4,500 pounds estimated max trailering with the available 3.6-liter V-6
- Available Hitch View feature that helps the driver align the hitch with the trailer.
The new Blazer is powered by a standard 2.5-liter I-4 engine rated at 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. A 3.6-liter V-6 is also available, offering 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque.
Both direct-injected engines feature stop/start technology that shuts off the engine when power is not needed, based on a variety of driving factors, and both are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission, according to Chevy.
Traction Select is standard on all models and allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode to account for varying road conditions. On AWD models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, meaning drivers can opt to have their vehicle operate in FWD when AWD capability is not necessary, according to Chevy.
The 2019 Blazer is the boldest, most progressive expression of the Chevrolet crossover design theme, according to Chevy. A wide stance, tight proportions, a high beltline and dramatic sculpting give it a “toned, athletic appearance.”
“The Blazer has attitude,” said John Cafaro, executive director of Global Chevrolet Design. “It looks commanding on the road, while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV.”
Each model in the lineup offers a unique look with distinct styling to suit different customers’ tastes, including unique grille appearances, additional bright chrome on the Premier trim and a more sinister-looking, blacked-out appearance for the Blazer RS, according to Chevy.
A powerful front end featuring a strong grille, athletic hood lines and low-placed HID headlamps distinguishes all models. The design also features a distinctive lighting execution that separates the headlamps and LED daytime running lamps.
Long, lean and sculpted body sides lead to a rear end highlighted by LED-illuminated Chevy-signature dual-element taillamps, dual exhaust outlets and an integrated tailgate spoiler, according to Chevy. The Blazer also offers a range of wheel options, starting with standard 18-inch aluminum rims and expanding to available 21-inch wheels on the RS and Premier.
The Blazer’s cabin emphasizes space, craftsmanship and customer personalization, with a wide range of interior styling choices for the different models, achieved through several color and trim choices, according to Chevy. Sporty details include a padded knee area, round air vents and grab handles on the doors.
The new Blazer also offers a Chevrolet-first Cargo Management System, standard on RS and Premier models. It features a rail system and cargo fence to help secure smaller items by dividing the cargo area.
Technology and Connectivity
The 2019 Blazer technology features, according to Chevy, include:
- Hitch Guidance—Available on models with the 3.6-liter engine, it aids in aligning the Blazer’s hitch to a trailer by showing the center line on the rear-vision camera
- Hitch View—This available feature complements Hitch Guidance by showing a top-down view, making it easier to hitch a trailer without a second person to assist
- Electronic-locking glove box—A Chevy first, it offers added storage security, and is roomy enough to fit a small handbag. The glove box is locked with the vehicle’s Valet Mode, which is accessible through the settings menu.
- Automatic heated steering wheel and automatic heated/ventilated front seats
- Comfort-open windows—Activated by the key fob, this feature allows all windows to roll down to help heat escape before occupants enter the vehicle
- Heated outboard rear seats are available on RS and standard on Premier
- Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Camera Mirror are available on RS and Premier
- Hands-free power liftgate with Bowtie logo projection is standard on RS and Premier.
- Wireless charging and six USB ports are available.
When it comes to connectivity, an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen running Chevrolet Infotainment 3 is standard, along with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.