What was once usually a rumor has started transformed into something most some-more concrete: Chevrolet is really operative a fourth crossover to supplement to a lineup, and a model will expected aver a lapse of a Blazer nameplate. So, here’s all we know so distant about a 2019 Chevy Blazer.
Rumors of Chevy bringing behind a Blazer started in Nov 2015, when General Motors filed twin heading applications to register Blazer and Chevrolet Blazer with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Then, in Dec 2016, a new Chevrolet crossover was photographed undergoing testing. The vehicle featured a matching form as a 2017 GMC Acadia, with that a 2019 Blazer will be mechanically associated (more on that, later).
In Apr 2017, Autoline Daily reported that GM will relaunch the Blazer name on a midsize crossover utility vehicle (CUV) and prototypes of the new Blazer were subsequently seen undergoing contrariety in complicated camouflage a few months later, in August.
What It Is
Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUVs) – that are SUVs on automobile platforms – have spin a red hot vehicle category that benefaction automakers with really singular and engaging opportunities in terms of sales and distinction generation. Not one to lay on a sidelines, General Motors has a fusillade of crossovers entrance in a nearby future, one of that is a new Blazer.
The model will represent a fourth crossover in a Chevrolet lineup, that now consists of the subcompact Trax, newly-compact 2018 Chevrolet Equinox and full-size 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. The suppositious Blazer would container between a Equinox and Traverse in terms of size, cost and features.
What It’s Not
In sheer contrariety over previous generations of a Blazer, a 2019 Chevy Blazer will not be a body-on-frame SUV. Instead, a new indication will be a unibody crossover that will have a lot in common with a current, second-generation GMC Acadia that was introduced for a 2017 indication year.
Whether or not Chevy done a right preference to utilize a Blazer name on a vehicle that (probably) won’t have a same kind of capability as its predecessors is still adult in a air.
We don’t know most about a pattern of a destiny Blazer usually yet. However, we know that it will have mid-size dimensions matching to those of the 2017 GMC Acadia and 2017 Cadillac XT5, including a 112.5-inch (2,858 mm) wheelbase and an altogether car length of about 192 inches (4,876 mm). We also know that a indication will have a some-more normal roofline, rather than tilted some-more aggressively.
Roughly a year ago, GM Authority artists drew adult the above renderings of a 2019 Chevy Blazer. Based on view shots, we know that the actual prolongation indication will be a same distance as these renderings, though a tangible pattern will expected be some-more aggressive, with cues from a Chevrolet FNR-X concept (pictured below).
The latest view shots, prisoner in Aug 2017, uncover a matching LED headlight diagnosis and impression line over a front circle arch as a FNR-X. Spy shots have also shown a indication to have twin exhaust, with some models having two exposed pipes while others, expected a higher-end trims, featuring twin empty outlets integrated into a back fascia.
The side mirrors, meanwhile, will be mounted on a physique line of a front doors.
Very tiny is now famous about a interior of a 2019 Chevy Blazer. Perhaps a biggest different is possibly or not a indication will offer 3 rows of seating, or usually twin rows.
We can see Chevy wanting to give buyers a reason to “step up” from a Equinox with a third row, though we can also see a code not wanting to cannibalize Traverse sales. We believe Chevy would be correct to offer a new Blazer in two- and three-row seating configurations. Offering a third quarrel would target customers looking for a CUV that seats more than a two-row model, while customers for whom the Equinox is a tad too tiny would opt for a Blazer. Meanwhile, business looking for a biggest three-row crossover would do good with a Traverse.
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We trust that a 2019 Chevy Blazer will ride on a short-wheelbase various of GM’s new C1 platform shared with the 2017 GMC Acadia and 2017 Cadillac XT5. Notably, a long-wheelbase chronicle of this height will underpin the 2018 Chevrolet Traverse and 2018 Buick Enclave. As such, we see a Blazer being mechanically similar, if not identical, to the 2017 GMC Acadia.
Furthermore, being formed on a C1 height means a transverse engine orientation. The 2017 Acadia weighs in usually a tad underneath 4,000 pounds (1,814 kg), and we design a new Chevrolet Blazer to have a matching quell weight – which is in line with other shred contenders.
The powertrain lineup is currently unknown, though a naturally-aspirated 2.5L I4 LCV could be the base engine. The turbo-charged 2.0L LTG I-4 or a naturally-aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX engine could be a discretionary engines. Power will likely be sent possibly to a front wheels as standard, or to all 4 wheels around a dual-clutch AWD complement as an option. Shifting avocation will expected be achieved by a GM 6TXX 6-speed involuntary or a new GM 9T65 nine-speed automatic transmission.
The 2019 Chevy Blazer will likely compete in a mainstream midsize crossover space with a Ford Edge and Nissan Murano. Toyota competed in a shred until a 2015 indication year with a Venza, though for in a really bizarre spin of events motionless to pause the CUV after a 2015 indication year in a U.S. market.
Other models that tend to be cross-shopped in a shred embody a Kia Sorento, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Highlander, and Honda Pilot.
Though the model or pricing have been announced, we suppose that the new Blazer will have a starting price between $27,000 and $30,000. The compress 2018 Equinox starts during roughly $24,000 while a full-size Traverse starts during $30,000.
Where It Will Be Sold
We design a new Blazer to be sole in all markets where Chevrolet now has a approach business presence, including North America, South America, China and Russia/CIS. It’s probable that a car will be sole in other countries if Chevrolet enters new markets.
When Is It Coming
So, when might we see the 2019 Chevy Blazer announced? The Detroit Auto Show is in reduction than twin weeks, followed by a Chicago Auto Show in February and a New York Auto Show in April. Our gamble is that a 2019 Blazer will be denounced during one of these venues, and launch by a finish of calendar year 2018 as a 2019 model.
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