Burn Book: Flaming (and Defending) a 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

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2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Is Chevrolet’s recently denounced 2019 Blazer SUV a good thing? A bad thing? We haven’t driven it yet, so we can’t contend for sure. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from riling adult a staff with a following prohibited take: a 2019 Blazer is bad and ugly. Always adult to disagree about vehicles past, benefaction and future, we had a poetic discourse about a new Blazer and Chevrolet’s new pattern language.

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The new Blazer is lazy. It looks like a Nissan Murano — already in my opinion one of a slightest appealing vehicles in a class, nonetheless distant improved than it used to be — had a new Camaro front finish slapped on it and afterwards was given Hyundai’s new headlight setup. This is perplexing to make something good out of 3 bad mixture and, surprisingly, it doesn’t work! All it does is demeanour tasteless and does zero to make a Blazer mount out in a swarming mid-size crossover field. This isn’t as descent as when Mitsubishi resurrected a Eclipse name for a worse crossover, though it’s close. we know because Chevrolet finished it and we don’t pattern it to be a failure, though I’m not happy about it.

we wish my Colorado-based SUV, dammit! Ford’s bringing a Bronco behind and Chevy does this?! For shame. — Me

“There’s an easier analog for ‘the new Camaro front finish slapped on and afterwards given Hyundai’s new headlight setup’ and it’s … well, a Eclipse Cross. A discerning peek had me meditative immediately of both that and a Outlander — quite in a approach a headlights accommodate a grille, though also in a upswept back cutline (which also reminds me of a C-HR from certain angles). It’s formidable to tell how forward-leaning a position is on a Blazer though station right subsequent to it — a thing that’s always incited me off when it comes to SUVs — though a cognitive undo between a polarizing front and unknown back is a biggest head-scratcher; it’s roughly like Chevy couldn’t dedicate to a possess pattern language.” — Patrick Masterson, duplicate editor

“I don’t mind a similarities to a Murano with a floating roof. we consider a Murano is a stylish SUV that still looks complicated even after being around for a while. But I’m lukewarm on a Blazer — not silly over it, not offended. The RS indication looks flattering good with similarities to a Camaro, though a bottom indication is ho-hum. Still some-more engaging than a Equinox, however.” — Joe Bruzek, handling editor

“My $0.02 on a Blazer: we don’t hatred it. Not scarcely as many as some others do, apparently. we consider everyone’s open butthurt seems to be stemming from a choice of name — they picked a sentimental name though enclosed a finish miss of nostalgia in a vehicle. It’s usually a latest in an increasingly prolonged list of Chevrolet fixing failures that started with Malibu Classic, proceeded to Bolt EV and has now resulted in Blazer.

“Here’s a thing: Everyone is abandoning cars; everybody wants CUVs. So GM has motionless to pierce a small Camaro styling into a crossover shred in sequence to try and do something other than a standard tedious crossover. we consider they succeeded. Is it a sum pound hit? No. That Murano floating roof is blatant, idle styling plagiarism, and we don’t consider we can unequivocally call a front-end headlight diagnosis Hyundai-esque given they stole it from a Jeep Cherokee.

“But bringing some Camaro fad to a tedious difficulty is something to be applauded, we think. Especially on a interior, where Chevy’s crafted a cabin that indeed looks sporty and appealing. we mean, c’mon, if Chevy had finished another boringly styled, normal two-box crossover that looked like a Traverse Lite or Equinox XL — or simply rebadged a GMC Acadia — everybody would be giving them crap for not holding chances. They have to go adult opposite a Murano in this category, that already wins on a wildest styling, and Grand Cherokee, that has iconic standing on a side. Bringing Camaro styling to a celebration (and frankly, doing it rather well) gives them lots of articulate points. Making a styling some-more polarizing guarantees that everybody will speak about it. And introducing it in a center of summer during a possess eventuality instead of during an automobile uncover means it has a whole news cycle to itself for a while. we consider this was a intelligent pierce all around.

“That said, a blustering delight you’re hearing? With a high-five slapping noises? That’s entrance from Dearborn and Team Bronco.” — Aaron Bragman, Detroit business chief

we would like to inject that we consider a Camaro is and has been nauseous for a while now, and a 2019 isn’t an improvement. Adding Camaro-esque extraneous styling to anything usually creates it worse, not better. — Me again

“I will determine that a latest Camaro refurbish does not go in a good direction. Chevy needs to stop a Toyota-like fish-mouth grilles before it gets out of hand. And we will contend this: If we consider this Equimaro is unpleasant, wait’ll we see a Ford Mustang Mach 1 electric CUV bastard.” — AB

“Is it a best-looking pattern we’ve seen this year? No. That would IMHO be a Mercedes-AMG GT four-door coupe. But for a new Chevrolet, this is a many pattern aptitude we’ve seen outward of niche models like a Bolt EV, a strange new Camaro (I determine on a update) and a Corvette Stingray. Is it derivative? Sure, Chevy didn’t reinvent a wheel. But it also has corner and takes some risks. Enough so that we’re arguing about it — and when was a final time we cared adequate about a pattern of a Chevy mainstream indication to do that?

“Maybe there is a small Murano, a small Lexus, etc., about it, though that’s a foe it’s holding on, too. More, importantly, this is a lot some-more fun than a Ford Edge (it’s not about a Bronco; Ford should be worrying about Jeep, not Chevy, on that score). The large mouth is thespian though going over a corner like Toyota. On a downside, we consider we all determine on floating roofs (other than on a Volvo XC40, anyway). And because was this peculiar headlight arrangement picked adult for 2019 by Chevy and Hyundai usually as Jeep surrendered and forsaken a disconcerting demeanour for a Cherokee refurbish and went for a some-more mainstream configuration?” — Fred Meier, Washington, D.C., business chief

“I consider it’s revelation that a inaugural defenders we could find for a new Blazer don’t indeed contend they like it — they contend ‘I don’t hatred it’ in a box of Mr. Bragman and it ‘has corner and takes some risks’ from Mr. Meier. we would determine with both of those statements; we don’t demeanour during a new Blazer and consider it’s estimable of large derision, and we do conclude that Chevrolet didn’t dump us a Traverse/Equinox snoozefest clone.

“However, a inlet of holding risks is that sometimes, they don’t compensate off. we indeed consider that a Blazer’s nose is a best partial of a vehicle; a Camaro-esque styling looks improved to me when it’s stretched plumb like this. My bigger emanate is with a descending beltline and a pinched back potion — that is going to impact prominence and doesn’t make a Blazer demeanour some-more engaging — that creates it demeanour like it wants to be a Murano.

“One other caveat: The automobile that Chevrolet has been mostly display around is an RS, a sporty trim with a bigger wheels and blacked-out features. I’m meditative a other trims (especially those that don’t fill out a circle wells as fully) will demeanour many worse and some-more sedate, as well.” — Brian Wong, L.A. business chief


While no one here is a new Blazer’s many constant ally, there are those among a staff who would do such crazy things as give it a possibility to attain and not be extravagantly disastrous about a CUV we haven’t driven yet. we mount by my take until I’m proven wrong — and, honestly, we wish we am!

Stay tuned for a opinions once we finish adult behind a circle of a Blazer.

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Brian Normile handles a scheduling and logistics for press vehicles in Chicago and during a multivehicle challenges. He still drives his initial car, a 1997 Toyota 4Runner. Email Brian

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