The New Chevy Blazer - an SUV With Attitude

The 2019 Blazer is the boldest, most progressive expression of the Chevrolet crossover design theme. A wide stance, tight proportions, a high beltline and dramatic sculpting give it a toned, athletic appearance from all angles.


The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is set to burst onto the scene next year as yet another choice for crossover-hungry consumers. Judging by the reaction thus far, people are excited about the new Blazer's bold, athletic exterior and the cabin that draws design cues from the Camaro.

 

·      The 2019 Chevy Blazer will be available in six trim levels: L, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, RS and Premier. Pricing for the L stars at $29,995, including the whopping $1,195 destination charge (all prices hereafter will include it). Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, proximity entry and push-button start, a rearview camera, a height-adjustable driver seat, cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, OnStar, 4G LTE WiFi, an eight-inch touchscreen, four USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a six-speaker sound system. It is exclusively front-wheel drive and the only available colors are white, black and silver.

·      The 1LT ($33,495) adds rear privacy glass, a compact spare tire, an eight-way power driver seat, and satellite radio. That is a massive price jump for so little equipment, but you do get access to some options and additional color choices (see the full color palette above).

·      The 2LT ($34,495) adds the V6 engine and is the first trim level available with all-wheel drive.

·      The 3LT ($38,695) adds leather seating, a power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirrors, roof rails, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, and a six-way power passenger seat. Apart from the leather, these features can be added to the other LT trim level through the Convenience and Driver Confidence package.

·      The Blazer RS ($41,795) gets special styling and 20-inch wheels plus integrated navigation, a cargo management system, an upgraded instrument panel, and a heated steering wheel.

·      The Blazer Premier ($43,895) loses the RS' various gloss black trim pieces in favor of chromed pieces and different 20-inch wheels. It also adds a Bose sound system upgrade, driver memory settings, a power-adjustable steering wheel, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. These extras are available on the RS within its Enhanced Convenience and Driver Confidence II Package. Also included are various active safety features: forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, GM's Safety Alert Seat and automatic highbeams. Wireless smartphone charging is also included in those packages.

 

Engine Configurations


The 2019 Blazer will come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine good for 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque.

The Blazer's top four trim levels come with a 3.6-liter V6 good for 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. GM is blazing the way on horsepower as its competitors have much less. Considering that the much larger Traverse has been clocked from zero to 60 mph in the mid-6-second range, the Blazer will prove itself as a bit of a hotrod.

A nine-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard with both engine configurations. The V6 can be paired with one of two all-wheel-drive systems (availability depends on trim level). The lesser version can disconnect the rear axle to save fuel, but this disconnection is not automatic -- the driver must press a button. RS and Premier models have a "sophisticated twin-clutch AWD" system that we assume is similar (if possibly the same) as the torque-vectoring system found in various Buicks and the Cadillac XT5. It automatically sends power front and rear, and then between the left and right rear wheels that benefits low-traction situations as well as dry-road handling.

 

Trying it on for size


For size comparison, the Blazer will fit comfortably between the Equinox and Traverse. Chevy says it will boast 64.2 cubic-feet of cargo space when the rear seats are laid down.

Highlights 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 (1,818 L) 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.
  • Suite of available active safety features.
  • Standard 2.5L I-4 and available 3.6L V-6 engines, each backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission.
  • Advanced twin-clutch AWD system available.
  • 4,500 pounds (2,041 kg) estimated max trailering with the available 3.6L V-61.
  • Available Hitch View feature that helps the driver align the hitch with the trailer.


Seamless Technology and Connectivity


The 2019 Blazer is designed to offer occupants seamless connectivity, intuitive controls and a host of convenience features that help make the drive more comfortable.

Features include:

  • Hitch Guidance — Available on models with the 3.6L 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 — These available features work with Remote Start and/or automatic climate control to automatically adjust temperature to help maintain comfort.
  • 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 Premier2.
  • 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 (with 1-month/3GB data trial)3 and Apple CarPlay4 and Android Auto5 compatibility.


1Before you buy a vehicle or use it for trailering, carefully review the trailering section of the Owner’s Manual. The weight of passengers, cargo and options or accessories may reduce the amount you can tow.
2Before use read the vehicle owner's manual for important feature limitations and information.
3Service varies with conditions and location. Requires active OnStar service and paid AT&T data plan.  Visit onstar.com for details and limitations.
4Apple CarPlay is provided by Apple and is subject to Apple’s terms and privacy policy. For Apple CarPlay support see https://www.apple.com/legal/sla/ for more information. Apple may change or suspend availability at any time. Apple CarPlay™ is a trademark of Apple Inc.
5Android Auto is provided by Google and is subject to Google’s terms and privacy policy. For Android Auto Support see https://support.google.com/androidauto/ for more information. Google may change or suspend availability at any time. Android Auto™ is a trademark of Google Inc.

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