The legendary Chevy Blazer is making comeback. The full sized K5 truck was originally produced from 1969 to 1994. In 1995 the two door model was renamed the Tahoe. The S-10 Blazer was built from 1983 to 2005. The latest SUV will looking nothing like its predecessors. The Blazer will be available at Chevrolet dealerships starting in early 2019. It will be feature all of the latest technology that buyers desire. The Blazer will join an extensive lineup of Chevy SUVs. It has a daring and aggressive design that is different from any of the company’s other SUVs. Potential buyers in the Wisconsin area can visit the Boucher website to find out more information on the upcoming Blazer. They can also visit Frank Boucher Chevrolet or Boucher Chevrolet dealerships at the following locations: Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha.
The Chevy Blazer will have a new unibody frame. It will be built at the Chevrolet plant in Mexico. The vehicle is spacious and can comfortably seat five passengers. The Premier trim is somewhat basic and does not grab your attention. The sporty RS trim has a colorful stylish interior that screams elegance. Base models will feature 18-inch alloy wheels and sizes are available up to 21-inches for the upper trim model. Prices for the Blazer haven’t been revealed, but are expected to be competitive.
The 193-hp 2.5-liter inline four cylinder engine will power the base models. A powerful 306-hp 3.6-liter V-6 engine is available on upgraded trims. Both powerplants have direct fuel injection and are coupled to a nine speed automatic transmission. An all wheel drive system is also available. The fuel economy numbers aren’t yet available, but they are expected to be on par with it’s competitors.
Today, buyers want vehicles with the latest technology and the Blazer aims to please. It has the following features among many others: six USB ports, electronic glovebox, lane safety assist, wireless charging pad, trailer guidance assist and a hands-free liftgate.
The last version of the Blazer was built in 2005. Some critics felt the model should have ended years prior. It goes without saying that many of the features buyers enjoy today were not in existence at the time. Only two door models were available this year to regular buyers are four door models were available for fleet use.
The two door Blazer has standard 15-inch wheels and the rear window flips up separately from the liftgate. The wheelbase is 100.5 inches and has a total measurement of 178.6 inches. Four wheel drive models feature a Wide-Stance Sport Suspension Package that increased the track by almost four inches. It also included a heavy duty suspension, tuned rear suspension, rear axle track bar and a skid plate.
The truck was designed to comfortably seat four people. It has front bucket seats and a split-folding rear seat. Two door Blazers with automatic transmissions have a floor mounted gearshift. For entertainment, a six-disc CD changer is available. It has 30 cubic feet of cargo space which doubles if the rear seats are folded down.
This Chevy model is powered by a 190-hp 4.3-liter V-6 engine. It is the only engine available for this vehicle. Manual five speed and four speed automatic transmissions are available. Two wheel and four wheel drive systems are available. The Autotrac four wheel drive system engages automatically as needed.
For safety, it features standard antilock brakes and programmable door locks.
This Blazer has a quiet cabin and comfortable ride quality. It is built on a truck frame, but handles more like a SUV. It also has good acceleration.
The 2019 Blazer will be in direct competition with the new Honda Passport, Toyota Rav4, Subaru Forester and many others. The Blazer is expected to hold its own and be very competitive against all these models. The stylish design of the new Blazer will stand out from the competition and look more like a high end luxury SUV. It will be cool, yet roomy without the minivan stigma that some larger SUVs have.
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is expected to have beefier styling and some off-road capability. It will also offer hybrid models. The new Blazer is projected to be a better off-road vehicle with a higher towing capacity. The exterior styling of the RAV4 looks odd from some viewing angles. The use of a CVT transmission on their hybrids also raises questions. The RAV4 has an eight speed transmission compared to a nine speed for the Blazer. This should give the Blazer an edge in performance and efficiency. The Blazer also has more USB ports. The Blazer is expected to match or exceed all features on the RAV4.
The 2019 Honda Pilot received minor upgrades to its exterior styling that left more to be desired. The styling of the new Blazer is far more appealing than the Pilot. The Touchscreen interface on the Pilot is not very user friendly. It also has sensitivity issues with the collision warning and adaptive cruise control systems. Honda attempted to improve on the technology suite from the previous year, but still has improvements to make. The Blazer is expected to offer more features and a better overall technology package. The Pilot has third row seating, but access is narrow. This can be a problem for full-sized adults. Buyers should be able to get more for their money at a lower price with the purchase of a Chevy Blazer.
The 2019 Subaru Forester will have comparable technology, but lacks in overall styling. It also lacks the towing capacity of the Blazer. The available turbo for the Forester lacks in performance. The Forester also uses a CVT transmission, which is not desired by some buyers. The Blazer is expected to cost less than the Forester, but offer buyers more.