Everything old is new again. from movies to TV show to even cars. We’re eagerly awaiting Ford to officially unveil the 2020 Bronco. Chevy beat Ford to the punch with introducing the 2019 Blazer. From all of the rumors, Chevy is going a different direction with the Blazer than the Ford Bronco.
The Ford Bronco is expected to be an updated rugged, off-road capable, boxy truck of the classic SUV. However, Chevy is going to make the revamped Blazer into a family crossover. This is probably a smart move since compact and mid-size crossover SUVs accounted for about 40% of all car sales in 2017 with the Toyota RAV4 coming as the fourth best-selling automobile, Nissan Rogue the fifth-most, Honda CR-V the seventh-most, Ford Escape the eleventh-most, and the Chevrolet Equinox the twelfth-most.
The restyled Blazer has a very aggressive and very sporty design, it almost looks like a Lexus NX SUV with some styling stolen from the Camaro. For Blazer enthusiasts you might be disappointed because the updated SUV will not have body-on-frame construction or four-wheel drive. Instead of four-wheel drive, there will be a twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system available on the Premier and RS models. The 2019 Blazer is a two-row, five-seat mid-size crossover SUV and fills a void in Chevrolet’s lineup and sits between the Equinox and Traverse.
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer will come standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. If you need more power you can upgrade to a 3.6-liter V-6 with 305 horsepower, 269 lb-ft of torque, and a max tow rating of 4,500 pounds. Both models will have direct injection, stop/start technology, and nine-speed automatic transmissions. The Blazer will offer a Traction Select system that allows the Blazer to maximize performance in various road conditions.
Inside the cabin you’ll find an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also 4G LTE connectivity for when you need a Wi-Fi hotspot. Other available features include wireless smartphone charging, six USB ports, a hands-free power liftgate, trailer-hitch assist, rear-view mirror camera, and a panoramic twin-pane sunroof.
The standard Blazer comes with 18-inch wheels and you can upgrade to 21-inch wheels with the RS and Premier trims. The RS package will have blacked-out trim and the top-of-the-line Premier model will have chrome brightwork and dual-tone seating. The Blazer offers a cavernous 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space when you fold down the second row of seats. Pricing, fuel economy, and other details were not announced and will be released closer to when the new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer hits showrooms in early 2019.