2019 Chevrolet Blazer Resurrects Classic Nameplate As A Modern Crossover With Hints Of Camaro

An-all new generation of GM’s Chevrolet Blazer was introduced today during a special event in Atlanta, some 13 years after it retired the nameplate with the S-10 Blazer back in 2005.

With the bulk of buyers, even those initially hesitantly clinging on to cars, having long embraced the new order of SUVs and crossovers, General Motors is eager to fill any niche it can. The new Blazer has been re-imagined as more aggressively styled crossover designed to be bigger and roomier than Chevy’s Equinox but smaller than the three-row Traverse.

GM’s design team purposely avoided making it look like the Blazers of old, giving it a modern styling with some hints of the refreshed 2019 Camaro SS on the edgy fascia to reflect its youthful appeal.

Beyond the squinty HID headlights and big black grille, the 2019 Blazer has a strong profile with intricate (busy) lines and a floating roofline trick we’ve seen implemented on many models these days. Out back, despite the modern LED-illuminated taillamps and quad exhausts, it’s more generic, unless you see (and then can’t un-see) the ghost of the front of the pre-facelift Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Some here saw a bit Infiniti QX50 too, but that’s pushing a bit. Wheel options will range from standard 18-inch rims all the way up to 21-inch for the Premiere and RS.

2019 Chevrolet Blazer in Premier trim

“The Blazer has attitude,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. “It looks commanding on the road, while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV.”

Chevy will offer three trims, namely the base, Premiere and RS, that differentiate the Blazer’s looks on the outside, including unique grille appearances, additional bright chrome on the Premier trim and a more sinister-looking, blacked-out appearance for the Blazer RS.

Five-seat cabin with a hint of Camaro design

The interior echoes the exterior design with bolder (but not necessarily beautiful) lines that are in part inspired by the latest Camaro. It can seat up to five people, with the back seat sliding backward or forward 5.5 inches to increase cargo or legroom, depending on your needs.

The 2019 Blazer offers the Chevrolet-first Cargo Management System, standard on RS and Premier models. It has a rail system and cargo fence to help secure smaller items by dividing the cargo area.

Other features and amenities include an electronic-locking glove box, Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Camera Mirror on RS and Premier models, hands-free power liftgate with Bowtie logo projection as standard on RS and Premier, and wireless charging and six USB ports.

In regards to the infotainment system, all models get an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen running Chevrolet Infotainment 3 as standard, along with 4G LTE Wi-Fi  and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Four and Six cylinder powertrains

Built at GM’s Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, alongside the Chevrolet Equinox crossover and Cruze hatchback, the new Blazer will offer two engines at launch. These include a base 2.5-liter inline-four producing 193 hp (143 kW) and 188 lb-ft of torque (255 Nm), and a 3.6-liter V6 offering 305 hp (227 kW) and 269 lb-ft of torque (365 Nm). Both offer start/stop tech and are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Chevy says that the V6 can tow up to 4,500 pounds (2,040 kg).

Traction Select is standard on all models allowing the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode, while on AWD models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, meaning drivers can opt to have their vehicle operate in FWD when AWD capability is not necessary.

The higher-level RS and Premier Blazers get a more sophisticated twin-clutch AWD system that is said to provide better performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, as well as enhanced stability in dry weather.

Available next year

You’ll have wait until the first months of 2019 to get your hands on the new Blazer, with pricing to be announced towards the end of this year.

 

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  • SpongeBob99Swell

    Given the fact that Honda will bring back the Passport nameplate soon as a Mid-Size Crossover to compete with others such as the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano, I don’t think I’m surprised to see Chevy bringing back the Blazer that way… (hence – the crossover craze)

    Now Toyota needs to being back the Venza…. or create a successor to it..

    Okay, with that aside, design-wise, it sort of looks like a combination of the new RDX and Camaro (or say, a Camaro crossover in terms of design)…. but somehow it works here to me…. I dig it personally.

    • Perry F. Bruns

      I really liked the Venza. It was a great Camry wagon that deserved better than Toyota gave it.

      • Harry Nimmergut

        I agree 100%. But the Venza was not really a competitor to what this is. It was more of a slighty raised station wagon. Bet Toy is working on something to slot between the RAV4 and Highlander, as we speak.

        • SpongeBob99Swell

          And I’m sure that may be a possible reason why Toyota discontinued that vehicle, which lead to slow sales… so as we speak, it would’ve been a smarter move if Toyota made the Venza into an actual midsize crossover rather than a raised-up station wagon, which I guarantee would’ve helped the sales chart.

          Then again, the Honda Crosstour wasn’t really a competitor to what this is either, which may have caused Honda to kill that off too (hence – sales)…. and to bring back the Passport nameplate as a successor to it…

          …but I’m hoping Toyota either brings back the Venza nameplate as an actual mid-size crossover, or create a true successor to it. If we can all hope it’ll be anything but the Celica nameplate, which in fact the brand has trademarked lately….

          • lagunas3ca

            In a Toyota showroom full of SUVs and crossovers – RAV4, Highlander, 4Runner, FJ Cruiser, Land Cruiser, Sequoia – and a close relation at Lexus, the RX, routinely outselling all premium SUV/CUV nameplates, the Venza was tasked with too great a challenge. And it was ugly.

      • SteersUright

        And its added ground clearance was cool too. Was an under-appreciated and poorly marketed excellent vehicle in my opinion.

        • donald seymour

          I had a crush on that car/wagon, what ever it was.

    • DasHim

      “Now Toyota needs to bring back the Venza…. or create a successor to it..”
      DEFINITELY… Would love to get a new one!

    • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

      No need to bring the venza back. After all, it’s just a high-riding camry wagon, and the rav-4 just grew bigger (as big as the first-gen highlander). A short-wheelbase highlander would do the job.

      • Eythan Aldrich

        hate to say this but not all of them agrees with your opinion

      • SpongeBob99Swell

        “A short-wheelbase highlander would do the job.”

        Then again, that’s sort of my point here…. at least either Toyota revives the Venza into a proper Mid-Size Crossover SUV instead of a raised-up station wagon, or creates a proper replacement to it to compete in this segment.

        Besides, I guarantee there is enough room for one to slot in between the RAV4 and the Highlander…. even by looking at the dimensions of the current Highlander and comparing it to the new RAV4’s dimensions… (am expecting an all-new Highlander to arrive for the 2020 model year on a side note).

  • chris

    It’s like a Santa Fe, Camaro, Enclave, and a Qx70 had a baby lol.

    • chris

      still looks good though.

      • Spyder Hole Fantome

        Yes, looks good!

      • Bo Hanan

        When everything looks like the Camaro, the Camaro’s styling ages faster.

    • Nordschleife

      I see that QX70 influence as well but it does still come together rather cohesively.

      • Jay

        I have one and I don’t see it yet..

        Edit: okay I see it a bit now but only slightly. It does look pretty good though.

        • Nordschleife

          I think the silver premier version is where I see it the most. I am still a fan of it as well.

    • Raul

      And the RDX

    • MarketAndChurch

      It’s literally a mix of all those vehicles, and that’s a good thing.

    • chris

      also looks even better in real life pictures.

  • Nordschleife

    I am not hating on this at all. I see some old and new Sante Fe in it but it’s rather dynamic looking. If given to me I wouldn’t sell it. Very nice Chevy. I do think it’s too forward looking to be saddled with the Blazer namesake but that just me.

  • caddy45

    Wow! Pleasantly surprised with how futuristic it looks. See a few influences from other SUVs, but overall a pretty sharp, modern looking crossover.

    • (⌐■_■)

      my only complain at the moment is the center vent location… way too low imo.

  • carsmofo

    Chevy has killed my interest in the brand through those irritating commercials. Otherwise I would’ve considered this for a family SUV.

    • SpongeBob99Swell

      I honestly fail to see what the commercials have to do with anything.

      • carsmofo

        It’s simple. I inherently developed a massive hatred toward the brand.

        Besides, there are many better options out there.

  • Jay

    I really like the front.

  • Raul

    This car has a lot of Santa Fe, RDX and the CX-5 design cue.

    • :/ Yurr

      I honestly think the FNR-X concept came before those in terms of the styling.

  • enthusia

    Now this is how you incorporate a spindle grill on an SUV! Lexus is SHOOK!

    • donald seymour

      Umm…no. Lexus has done its thing. And I like it.

  • Zandit75

    There’s a lot to like about this. The Camaro face looks better on the Blazer too.
    Luckily a heat gun and some elbow grease will remove those stupid Blazer badges on the front doors.

    • Nordschleife

      And some floss to help pry the letters off.

      • john1168

        I’ve read fishing line works too.

  • klowik

    Wow, this is one American can that doesn’t look very American..it’s a blend of German and Japanese design.

    • emjayay

      Very little German, lots of Japanese. Of course, design staffs and design directors today are very international, so it’s not like Kia design reflects anything intrinsically Korean or GM design is all that American. This thing has some Nissan-like elements (to complicate things Nissan had a French design director and it showed, but the current crop is all not his doing) and some current Renault echoes, among others.

      And this is definitely a product of the same crew that did the Bolt.

      • wonderdallas

        I immediately thought of the Renault Kadjar’s tail lights and roofline of the Renault Captur.

        Not bad.

    • Cobrajet

      It’s Korean.

  • Six_Tymes

    damn fine work whoever did these renders. most impressive

  • Brent Morrison

    More like Hyundai Blazer

    • donald seymour

      I chuckled. But it’s the truth.

  • Merc1

    I actually like it, right down to the Camaro like interior. I don’t know why GM can’t get rid of the cheap plastic looking interior in anything that isn’t a high-end Cadillac.

    M

    • Matt

      I’ve asked myself the same thing about the lack of quality materials and abundance of cheap plastics in Chevy, as well as ford for a very long time. While its gotten better, theyre still far behind the competition.

  • Hawaii_SE-R

    Rear 3/4 looks heavily influenced by Toyota/Nissan/Mazda. Front end, like the mid-cycle refresh Camaro, reminds me of Dodge. Overall profile is typical mid-size SUV. Should be interesting how this sells. Blazer SS or GMC Typhoon in the future?

    • Hot Twink

      Don’t get your hopes up for a all-out performance version. It’s transverse front-wheel drive. All engines are transversely mounted in the engine bay and use a transverse transaxle unit (transmission and front axle combination).

      Torque will be kept to a minimum to reduce torque steer.

      The GMC Typhoon was longitudinal rear-wheel drive. So was the TrailBlazer SS.

      This “new” Blazer is a neutered nose heavy pig.

  • Yishay

    Not bad

  • dumblikeyou2

    The desperate comparisons to other brands, fellas, you’re really s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g it. All those examples look pretty darned flaccid compared to this.

  • ejd1984

    What is it with the gaping maw grills these days?

    Looks like a designer from Lexus is now working at GM.

    PS: I still like it. 🙂

      • john1168

        I’m hoping the “red structure” is the surrounding lighting. There’s a red light in the right of the picture and I’m hoping there’s another one at the front of the vehicle. I think I might see some red light reflecting off the black trim on the bottom of the front end too.

        • COULD BE.

          • john1168

            I just watched a youtube video of the Blazer release. It’s not red inside the grille.

          • I THINK THE SILVER ONE HAS A MORE TASTEFUL FRONT END, IT STILL HAS THE NISSAN C-PILLAR KICK UP THO.

      • Paul

        No, it looks tacky and like it was a half though out gesture.

  • :/ Yurr

    Holy hell! This should have been the look of the Equinox… 😃😃😁

    • Perry F. Bruns

      I DEFINITELY like this better than the new milquetoast Equinox.

      • Dennis Scipio

        You think the Equinix looks “Timid”, because that’s that Milquetoast is.

        • Perry F. Bruns

          Yes. That was why I used the word. I think the Equinox’s (note the spelling, since you’re so fascinated with words) current design language is “Macho enough that men won’t be afraid to be seen at the wheel, but not so much that soccer moms will feel self-conscious.”

          In particular, everything aft of the rear wheels seems designed to make us forget that this is an SUV.

    • MarkoS

      This should have been the Equinox. The Blazer should be our Colorado SUV.

  • Harry_Wild

    A bigger RDX!

  • Honda NSX-R

    😐

  • Marty716

    Looks like a Chinese Lexus knockoff and I mean that in the absolute harshest way possible.

    • Eythan Aldrich

      I disagree with that…..

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I’m surprised. granted I’m not into crossovers, but this is a really good looking car for Cheverolet

  • Alfa Giulia QV

    Nope, I’m not digging that front end at all.

  • john1168

    I like it. The front looks better on this than it does on the Camaro. The Camaro is terrible looking. I’m not crazy about the kinked up floating roof at the C pillar but other than that I think it looks good. The hardware underneath is pretty good too. Good power from the 3.6 V6, the 9 speed auto and I really like that twin clutch AWD system.

    • john1168

      The silver premier in the pics looks better than the RS.

  • eb110americana

    Chevrolet did an excellent job with this one. In typical form as of late, the body side is really unique and has confident lines (especially the shoulder line that kicks up into the D-pillar) where so many other vehicles have no design whatsoever. Dare I say it, but the Camaro face looks even better on the Blazer. This is honestly the most successful application of Chevrolet’s dual-port grille to date. I like the Camaro interior, but the plastic dash top and generic looking seats feel a bit cheap for this class. My least favorite part is definitely the strange “arch” at the tail, which feels like some odd reborn continental kit bookended by some very Korean looking taillights. They definitely could have done something more distinctly Chevrolet back there. Overall, an admirable effort that should sell well in these crossover-crazy times.

  • OH LOOK ANOTHER NISSAN C-PILLAR KICK…AH I GIVE UP.

  • ErnieB

    Wtf.. it’s a Nissan Murano!! Ahhh hells no! They completely fudged it up!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/24566ef1cfa14c8ba63f16991da45eb82ca6f769790583ec0e3a788790dd05b7.jpg

    • (⌐■_■)

      Murano’s front is ridiculously ugly… put CX-5 front on it and it’s a seller.

  • Harry Nimmergut

    I can’t stand it. Hate the front end, the floating roofline looks idiotic (enough already), the interior is awful (way too much Camaro influence, and not in a good way), visibility will be eaten alive by Consumer Reports, and the engines aren’t impressive. Who signed off on this? Looks like a quick cut and paste job to me…

  • Damn I’m actually sold on the design, looks so aggressive.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    why those super flat front seats!?

  • ErnieB

    Please ford look at this disaster and don’t f up the resurrection of the bronco!!

    • rodriguez256

      I actually have some faith in Ford to deliver on the Bronco. I’m glad I didn’t with Chevy, so I wasn’t let down by this mess of a crossover.

      • Afi Keita James

        I Know that’s right, this thing is just awful, truly awful.

  • ErnieB
  • Hot Twink

    The front end styling is ok, though the back end is an overwrought mess.

    The side profile doesn’t try to hide it’s transverse front-wheel drive architecture at all. The front end suffers from a long overhang and the rear overhang is kept short. This gives a nose heavy look from the side. Not flattering at all.

    Towing capacity is restricted and off-road capabilities will be limited due to its transverse front-wheel drive powertrain. All-wheel drive versions won’t have a transfer case, since transfer cases only work with longitudinal rear-wheel drive powertrains.

    If it’s not beefed up enough in thermal tolerance, the front-wheel drive based all-wheel drive system will overheat and need to revert to front-wheel drive to let the PTO and RADM cool down. A typical problem with all-wheel drive systems that don’t have transfer cases.

    • wintergraan

      I couldn’t agree more. These ungainly proportions with the massive front overhang are a no go for a performance oriented crossover.
      Plus, the technical limitations caused by the front wheel drive layout make this car seem like a half assed attempt :/

  • Toronado_II

    Quicker than Ford with their Bronco… GM has the pace!

  • emjayay

    It will probably sell, and selling is what and car design is essentially supposed to do. Meanwhile, it’s a pastiche of pretty much every vehicle design trend in the world today. Overall all the sculpting denies the essential function of the vehicle. It’s not form follows function but the opposite. All kinds of sculpting is trying – really really hard – to make a dynamic form out of a people and cargo carrying box with an engine.

    The side window area is relatively small. Windows are for the people inside to look out of. These are to look cool like a chopped top ’49 Mercury driven by James Dean. Rolls Royce stuck with the round AC vents when everyone else went to practical rectangle shapes and then Mercedes copied them because Rolls. Now they are a cliche and here they are again.

    I’m rooting for GM and maybe their design approach will sell vehicles, which is what it is all about. I’m not the design director but if I was this would not be the product.

  • Navy ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Damn. It looks kinda nice and kinda Cadillac-ish.

    • ErnieB

      But not very blazerish

  • DJ

    Wow totally fooled me I could have sworn it was a Camaro. Its so sporty and cool. Just the thing for picking the kids up from soccer practice or an exhilarating run to cost co. The othe moms will be so jelli. Ugh

  • Grumpy

    The front is very aggressive while the rear is far too generic.

  • Denzel

    The RS trim looks the best to me.

  • Craig

    So GM beats Ford to the retro name game. Blazer beats Bronco. Clever. I guess.

  • Justin Spencer

    I really don’t care for GMs but this looks pretty good! It’s almost like a “Traverse CC” and I can’t think of anything bad to say about it. This is definitely going to sell well!!!

  • MarketAndChurch

    The Jeep Grand Cherokee is still the king of this segment, and nothing is toppling that. I see this, the new Passport, and the current Edge (currently the second best seller in this segment) battling it out for second place.

  • Ameer Hassan Tajaldeen

    shameful copying of the new santa fe

  • TriiGun

    I think just blatantly copy and pasting the Camaro front end is really lazy and tacky. To the untrained eye, it will look like any other crossovers out there (Hello, Lexus RX). With all that being said, it still looks fantastic! Dynamic designs inside and out. I see zero Blazer attributes and just can’t unsee a Camaro crossover.

  • Bash

    I have to admit, looks good.

  • SteersUright

    Looks rather good. The interior needs to be classed up a bit, the hard plastics are too apparent and cheapen the overall ambiance. Otherwise, its quite the handsome CUV in my opinion.

  • Dennis Scipio

    It looks okay.

  • TheHake

    Although I REALLY like it (the sporty red one, not the silver one), they should not have called it a Blazer. A Blazer should be something with some off-road capability.

  • Saviola Seyrenia

    very cool! Agree with some QX50 elements too. I also think it’s like China’s mainstream crossover with those small headlights

  • Autoexperte

    what a surprise!

  • Ima come out and say it, i love it!

    • Funny that the Blazer name wasn’t used worldwide, I admit though our local examples of Trailblazers ain’t got nothing on this. This is a stunner

      • We’ve had the Blazers before as well as Suburban.. no comment on the Trailblazer though, even more fond of the MUX better

  • salamOOn

    i really like it….

  • wintergraan

    I think the red one looks kinda good, unlike the silver one which doesn‘t work for me at all. Furthermore something about the proportions seems a bit off – the front overhang is way too massive and the overall car looks like it‘s leaning forward.
    But I don’t wanna sound to negative. I really like the interior with its Camaro inspired layout and the nice leather stitched accents 🙂

  • cbATL

    The grill on this is borderline Lexus style. Probably the most Asian inspired Chevy.

  • iea96

    A bit Lexus-y but looks good in red with that sport trim. Not sure about the silver one though.

  • MarkoS

    Nice interior advancements. Interesting front-end, but perhaps too Hyundai/Kia and a mass of busy plastic in that grille. Silly floating roof treatment that already looks dated. The rear-end looks like they lost their mojo by the time they got finished with the rest. The Blazer name should have been reserved for a Colorado based SUV and this probably should have been the Equinox. I don’t remember the Chevy Blazer name ever being associated with a men’s jacket in the past, it should have remained that way. A mish-mash of trends that will probably sell anyway, but the design is a quick flash in the pan.

  • OSM CHAÎNE

    Looking good

  • Cobrajet

    The Chevy version of the new GMC Acadia.

  • javier

    300 hp in a 4,000 lbs truck not sporty

  • ZYGIUS
  • Autoexperte
  • Tim

    Just another crossover mini-van thingy. Chevy’s best days have long past.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I like what Chevy has done here. Its very upbeat in its character. With that said, I”m not sure about the back. Its seems to be the weakest part in the design. I’m sure it looks better in person though.

  • Liam Paul

    yes but what does this story have to do with the Toyota Prius ?

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    This actually is quite nice! Bravo Chevy! One thing I don’t get is the desire lately to separate the headlights from the typical headlight location. But, this does look really cool, especially in the RS trim.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    It’s alright. Not bad.

  • Ron

    This is a great looking SUV and Im generally not a fan of them. Chevy knocked this one out of the ballpark it looks like.

  • Patrick

    sweeeeet!!!!

  • Michael_66589

    Very big plus for cheverolet for keeping V6 and not putting turbo engine in this model. If front lights will be bigger it will look much better but even without this it looks suprisingly good.

  • Shahul Usman

    Hate suvs and crossovers.., but this doesnt look bad…Chevy has been doing well the last couple years with the vette, camaro, volt/bolt,suvs… cant say much for their sedans..

  • Afi Keita James

    This new blazer is just awful and pathetic, it looks truly ugly and it doesn’t have the charm that the originals had when it was a true SUV, big thumbs down for me on this one, one of the worst cars of the year.

  • Paul

    I like it but they still need a Jeep Wrangler competitor or something more like the last Blazer with RWD and real 4wd system and low range capability..

  • Harry_Wild

    Those will be an imported Blazer assemblied in Mexico!

  • botornot387

    I fail to see what the point of this is. The gap between an Equinox and a Traverse is not that big, neither in size nor price. This will end up just cannibalizing sales of either model or further cannibalizing their own sedan sales. There is not distinction for this model beyond the front end. That rear end is completely Asian market generic. Interior looks good though.

  • FactChecker90803

    Hey Chevy a question, where does Nissan build the Rogue and Murano, yeah Canton Mississippi, Hyundai builds there SUVs in Alabama, Honda builds the CR-V in Ohio and the Pilot in Alabama and Toyota builds there’s in Indiana.. So which one do you think a hard working patriotic American is going to Buy, after all GM you already stabbed hard working Canadian and American workers and Tax Payers in the back, think we are still going to buy your American Pie and Patriotic clap trap..noo didn’t think soo, BUY Chevy.

  • Yishay

    Lovely

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