The secret vehicle is finally out, and it is the all-new 2019 Chevy Blazer. What kind of a vehicle is the new Blazer? It’s a midsize crossover with a front-wheel-drive (FWD) architecture. If you were expecting a squared-off and retro-styled off-road SUV with a solid rear axle, low range transfer case, and a locker – this is not it.
Why did Chevrolet use this iconic name for this new midsize crossover? Consider that iconic off-road SUVs, such as the Jeep Wrangler, sold more than 27,000 units in April 2018 – outselling the Honda Accord that month.
Set the name aside, this is a very attractive and aggressive design that looks a lot like the Chevy Camaro from the front. The new Blazer has approximately the same wheelbase as a GMC Acadia, but it is wider and lower. The chassis is also related to that of the Cadillac XT5.
There are two engine options under the hood. It all starts with a 2.5L four-cylinder with 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. The 3.6L V6 is also there with 305 horsepower and 269 lb-ft of torque. Both engines are paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission. You can get the Blazer in FWD or AWD configurations, but if you get the AWD – it’s a sophisticated system that uses a twin-clutch design to facilitate side-to-side torque vectoring. The rear wheels and the drive shaft are also able to be disengaged when extra traction is not needed. This in turn saves a bit of fuel.
On the inside, there is the latest Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with Camaro-like dashboard and air vents. All of the luxury and convenience features are there: automatically adjusted heated seats and a steering wheel; wireless charging, USB-C power ports, and more.
Interior space is plentiful for up to five adults. The rear seats slide back and forth by up to five inches. There is a new cargo management system in the back and up to 64.2 cu-ft of total cargo capacity with the rear seats folded flat.
Safety and driver-assistance features are also there with collision warning, adaptive cruise control, lane keep warning systems, and more.
The new Blazer is also rated to tow up to 4,500 lbs, which is a good number considering some competitors such as the Ford Edge. Although many other midsize SUVs and crossover are capable of towing 5,000 lbs.
Here is our top 10 2019 Chevy Blazer features video from the Atlanta debut.