The Chevy Blazer is reintroduced - with an attitude

The 2019 Blazer is the boldest, most progressive crossover Chevrolet has introduced to date. With its wide stance, athletic look, and enhanced body lines it has just the right mix of form, function, aggression and elegance. Of course from the Blazer’s conception in 1969 on a K5 full-size truck chassis, the Blazer has always…well, blazed trails.



When the Blazer name was introduced in 1969, it was designed to compete with the Ford Bronco. Interestingly, the Ford Bronco was designed to compete with the Jeep Wrangler. At its introduction, the Blazer sported a removable top, and Chevy boasted about its versatility because of it.














As the concept of having a sport utility vehicle grew in popularity, the Blazer took on two different forms – one on the K5 chassis and one on the S-10 chassis (the S-10 Blazer began production in 1983). In subsequent years, the K5 Blazer was renamed to Tahoe. Production of the S-10 Blazer ceased in 2005, disappointing many die-hard Chevy SUV fans.  

With the announcement that the Chevy Blazer would return for 2019, many of us at SVG Chevrolet were eager to see the new body design. It was easy to see how the look of the Blazer has evolved to meet the needs of current consumers. A quick glance at the new Blazer reveals a more car-inspired body style with design cues taken from the Camaro.  

Once the first 2019 Blazer wasdelivered to SVG, we couldn’t help but check out the features. While the first generation of Blazers were truck-based, even the S-10 Blazers were plenty capable of doing moderate towing. With the more streamlined car-inspired design of the new Blazer, we wondered if the towing features would be diminished from its predecessors. Happily, the new 2019 Blazer is perfectly capable of towing and even has hitch guidance and hitch view features.

Everyone knows it can be ultra-frustrating to connect a trailer to a vehicle. This won’t be a problem for owners of the 2019 Blazer. With the Hitch Guidance feature, the backup camera shows a center line on the image which helps drivers align the hitch with the trailer. With the available Hitch View feature, drivers can see a top-down view of the hitch as well, making it entirely possible to link up without needing someone to holler directions at you from the rear of the vehicle. Those of us who’ve trailered before are jumping for joy over this feature!

So, with the fact that the new Blazer looks more like a car than a truck, people have asked, “Can you really tow with it?” The answer is a resounding YES. The maximum tow rating is 4,500 lbs., which means you could tow a typical 23 foot camper 500 pounds of contents/gear inside. That’s a pretty decent size camper! Its tow rating is competitive for the segment, and it can pull more than some rivals. For example, the 2019 Ford Edge’s towing capacity is just 3,500 lbs. Blazer for the win with the ability to haul a half a ton more than Ford.

Trim Levels

Because Chevy knows that customers want options, they’ve made the Blazer available in multiple configurations. Sporting a choice between six different trim levels, there’s a fit that’s just right for everyone. The six trim levels have been given the following designations: L, 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, RS and Premier. Base pricing for the Blazer starts at $29,995 and for that price, consumers get 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. That’s a huge amount of features for a base model!

There are 5 trim levels above the L base model. They are:

  • The 1LT which gives you all of the standard features plus it adds rear privacy glass, a compact spare tire, an eight-way power driver seat, and satellite radio.
  • The 2LT adds the V6 engine has and available all-wheel drive option.
  • The 3LT 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. It’s important to note that these features (barring the leather upholstery) can be added to the other LT trim levels by adding the Convenience and Driver Confidence package.
  • The Blazer RS sports upgraded styling (including gloss black trim pieces) and 20-inch wheels plus integrated navigation, a cargo management system, an upgraded instrument panel, and a heated steering wheel.
  • The Blazer Premier swaps out the RS’s gloss black trim pieces for chrome trim and 20-inch wheels with a different design than the other trim levels. 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 L, the base model, serves up consumers with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine boasting 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque.

Moving up in the top 4 trim levels, customers have the 3.6-liter V6 as their powerplant. This provides the driver with 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. GM is blazing the way on horsepower as competing crossovers from different manufacturers have much less power. 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). There is also 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.

Some of the most notable features that we like include:

  • Bold styling that looks like a car but can tow like a truck
  • Wide range of models and trim levels to suit just about everyone’s needs
  • Five-passenger seating
  • A generous 64.2 cubic feet (1,818 L) max cargo space (requires the second-row seats to be folded flat)
  • The rear seat slides and is adjustable
  • The cargo area is configurable so that no matter what you’re carrying, you have multiple options to keep items from pitching and rolling during driving (cargo area has a rail system and cargo fence)
  • Enjoy great weather with the available panoramic dual-pane power sunroof
  • The available twin-clutch AWD system is great for providing drivers with better handling and inclement weather capability
  • 4,500 pounds (2,041 kg) trailering (with the available 3.6L V-61)

Trying it on for size

For size comparison, the Blazer will fit comfortably between the Equinox and Traverse.

Seamless Technology and Connectivity

The 2019 Blazer offers drivers and passengers multiple connectivity options, easy-to-use controls and many convenience features to keep everyone safe and entertained.

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.

Speaking of technology, the new Blazer comes with some really cool tech features. Our favorites 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.

Your New Ride

We love the Blazer and think our stock will sell quickly. If you’ve been looking for a new vehicle, we invite you to come in and test drive this cool new crossover, but we do encourage you to hurry. You can call 866-SVG-DEAL to schedule a test drive, or fill out our pre-approval app online to get started on the buying process!

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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