It’s been almost a year since we first heard that Chevrolet is going to bring back the Blazer nameplate, and now we get to look at the first spy shots of the upcoming SUV.
The new Chevrolet Blazer will be a smaller crossover when compared to its predecessor that went out of production in 2005. How smaller? Well, Chevrolet aims to slot it between the compact Equinox and the Traverse, so expect the new Blazer to have the footprint of the Cadillac XT5.
The company made sure not to reveal any design cues of the new Blazer, judging from the spy shots. The test car is pretty much covered from head to toe, using both the classic wrap and the extra covers that appear to hide fake extensions underneath in order to keep the Blazer’s design a secret.
Chevrolet will use the same architecture with the current GMC Acadia for the new Blazer, filling a very important gap in its range as it will have now a model to rival models like the Ford Edge and the Nissan Murano.
Weight-saving measures and a five-seat configuration only
As a result, the new Chevrolet Blazer is expected to take advantage of the same weight saving measures seen in the GMC Acadia. Recent reports suggest that Chevrolet’s upcoming SUV will be available only in a five-seat configuration.
The engine range will probably include a pair of petrol units: an entry-level 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a more powerful 310hp 3.6-liter V6. Both engines will be offered with either front- and all-wheel drive and will be paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Chevrolet is said to reveal the new Blazer at the end of this year, most likely at the LA Auto Show or at the Detroit Motor Show in January. Stay tuned!