First impressions matter, even the second time
It’s been almost 14 years since a Chevrolet Blazer graced a dealership show floor. What was once raised to satisfy the hunger of SUV-starved Americans has recently suggested that it’s still giving the Ford Bronco a run for its money. The drought is over, Chevronites. Get ready for a reintroduction of the vehicle that set the standard for SUV’s back in 1969. The 2019 Chevy Blazer is weeks away from making its professional comeback.
What did I miss?
If you were born before the 70’s, prepare to get nostalgic. Our story begins in 1969 when Chevrolet released the first K5 Blazer. The truck-size convertible quickly became an off-roading oasis for the American family; providing a removable fiberglass roof, room for 5, push button radio, and indefinite four-wheel-drive.
Less than 5 years later, the second and longest Blazer generation cruised its way to the top of SUV chain with constant developments ranging from open cabins to pop-up campers. We’re talking the O.G. RV—complete with a stove, sink, dining room table, and overhead fold-out bunk beds.
Little brother Blazer, who came out in 1983 had quite the shoes to fill after the second generations’ 19-year run. The S-10 Blazer was a smaller, more efficient, and more maneuverable vehicle for those who may not require the space to camp. From then on it was a no-topless-option, roof required.
The 1992-1994 K5 Blazer was strictly business. With a steel roof, 2 or 4-door option, the ability to tow up to 7,000 pounds, and provide six-passenger seating, the Blazer had reached its peak.
When the Chevrolet Tahoe was released in 1995, the Blazer had no choice but to take the title of smaller SUV.
But all good things must come to an end, right? Wrong. Fortunately, you are alive during a time of great improvements and greater opportunity.
While the 2019 Chevy Blazer isn’t kickin’ it old school with a robust, off-roader image, it features several trim levels that fall somewhere between fierce and luxury.
The Blazer Premier
The Blazer RS
Two engine options also accompany the new Blazer. 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque is standard, but customers will have the option to upgrade to a 3.6-liter V6. That’s 305 horsepower and 269 pound-feet of torque!
Nine-speed transmission is consistent across the trim levels and the choice is yours is between front or all-way drive.
But that is just the beginning. So let us break it down…
– Bold and striking features include a muscular grille
– Driver-centric interior
– Model range includes sporty RS and up-level Premier models
– Five-passenger seating with up to 64.2 cubic feet (1,818 L) of max cargo space with second-row seats folded flat
– Suite of available active safety features
– Standard 2.5L I-4 and available 3.6L V-6 engines, each backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission
– Advanced twin-clutch AWD system available
– 4,500 pounds (2,041 kg) tow capacity with the available 3.6L V-61
– Available Hitch View feature that helps the driver align the hitch with the trailer
– Available Chevy-first cargo management system with a rail system and cargo fence
– Available panoramic dual-pane power sunroof
The 2019 Blazer is the not too big, not too small, but goldilocks standard of Just Right. Let’s just say you won’t want to miss it. Coming soon to Apple Autos.