By on August 25, 2017

1969 Chevrolet Blazer K5

After numerous sightings in the wild, clothed in deceptive padding to hide the bodywork, Chevrolet’s midsize SUV is approaching its final form. Sharing a platform with the newly downsized GMC Acadia, the latest incarnation of the vehicle looks a little more like an upscale crossover and a lot less like the rugged Blazer from which it draws its rumored moniker.

Slipping into the Chevy lineup between the Equinox and Traverse, the relaunched Blazer should target other family crossovers in the Goldilocks segment — competing with the likes of the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano, among others. Spotted as a pair of test vehicles, the Chevrolets were reportedly sporting the Acadia’s 2.5-liter LCV inline-four and 3.6-liter LGX V6.

Automotive News alleges the new crossover may include a three-row option, which would set it apart from its primary competition, but that was not immediately evident in spy shots of the crossover. What was evident, however, is that General Motors abandoned some of the Traverse styling cues seen on earlier versions of the vehicle.

The grill keeps the wide slats of the previous test units (and all new Chevys) but GM has replaced the high-mounted headlights with what looks to be LED strips. Its bodywork has also become much more sculpted, giving the crossover a contemporary appearance.

The two Chevrolet prototypes were photographed testing in two different trim levels. A lower-tier unit features significantly smaller wheels and dual circular exhaust tips, while the upmarket model carries larger chromed rims and angular exhaust tips molded into the rear bumper.

The Blazer is anticipated to go on sale sometime next year as a 2019 model.

[Image: General Motors]

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38 Comments on “Chevrolet’s New ‘Blazer’ is Approaching Its True Form...”


  • avatar
    mikey

    Oh !…I was under the impression that the new Blazer was going to be an SUV configuration based on the Colorado…So instead we’re just going to get another Unibody CUV ?…I was thinking more of a smaller Tahoe, with a Body on Frame.

    Well there goes that plan.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I’m so sad that this isn’t based on the Canyon/Colorado to go head to head with the Bronco.

    Cue Debbie Downer intro from SNL…

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      I get it, but the only folks who remember Blazers as rugged off road vehicles are the ones on this site. Everyone else remembers them as soccer-mom-mobiles that happened to have 4wd.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        Yeah but who the heck needs another crossover?

        GM needs more crossovers like Hyundai needs more sedans.

        This just means that now the Chevy dealer has a competitor to the Acadia that is being sold across town by the GMC dealer. It’s a race to the bottom again like back when the smart consumer would play the Buick dealer against the Oldsmobile dealer on pricing a Electra against a 98.

        • 0 avatar
          deanst

          Chevy has no offering which directly competes with the most popular jeep – the grand Cherokee. Why is this blazer so controversial? They should have done this years ago.

          • 0 avatar
            PrincipalDan

            Do you think that the reborn Blazer is going to have a bit of a halo on it like the Grand Cherokee? Jack rightly referred to the Grand Cherokee as an “American Land Rover” when criticizing Sergio for his cynical grab for cash in a new Grand Wagoneer.

            The only Chevy CUV/SUV with people truly lusting after it is the Tahoe/Suburban. They are the modern B-body/C-body of yore. I predict the new Tahoe Custom will actually sell like gangbusters because it will lower the price of entry into a desirable vehicle.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            At the end of the day any good quality BOF SUV with a solid axle and a V8 is going to be a desireable vehicle that’s going to hold its value and boost a brands image. Flooding your lots with crossovers is no better than flooding your lot with compacts – it lowers the brands perceived value. Difference being that crossovers are the new hotness whereas compacts are lot poisen unless your Honda/Toyota.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    The Blazer morphed into a glorified family truckster way back in the ’90s, and never got back to its’ SUV roots before it got s**tcanned, so this isn’t much of a departure.

    But I’m sure Chevy dealers will be happy to sell this anyway.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Well, the last Blazer was still BOF, offered two and four doors, part time 4 wheel drive, and only 5 passenger capacity.

      Even the TrailBlazer that replaced it was BOF.

      It wasn’t a two door half-ton SUV, but it was still an SUV, not a car-based lifted wagon.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    Another FWD-based crossover? Idiots are running GM.

    • 0 avatar
      Maxb49

      What else is new? GM had (has) many of the greatest engineers in the world and also many of the worst business types calling the shots. Brilliant ideas, poor execution. GM has once again stopped building cars that people aspired to own. It’s time for the company to do a global search for their next Charles Kettering and Harley Earl.

      • 0 avatar
        bikegoesbaa

        “It’s time for the company to do a global search for their next Charles Kettering and Harley Earl.”

        They probably already work there, but can’t get much done with the existing bureaucracy.

  • avatar
    Gardiner Westbound

    I was hoping for a short wheelbase GM 4WD truck along the lines of the K5 Blazer which competed with the Ford Bronco, IH Scout and Jeep CJ. It even had a removable hard top!

    I doubt the world needs another CUV.

  • avatar
    mikey

    @dukeisduke….Speaking as a “pro GM” guy. (they feed me)…I can’t help but to agree with your sentiment.

    Another CUV …Grrrrrrrr !

  • avatar
    xflowgolf

    Wait.. if this is another fwd/awd based crossover, it slots BETWEEN the Equinox and Traverse? Is there really a sleeve in between?

    The Equinox is already a 2 row, and not exactly compact. The Traverse is a 3 row, and rightfully large.

    • 0 avatar
      deanst

      Ford has the edge, and even Honda is rumoured to be offering something this size. I’m at the head of the line when it comes to gm bashing, but this is a very logical move by gm.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      The Equinox is smaller now that it was. Its more aligned with the Rav4, CR-V and Escape, too small to steal customers from an Edge or Murano (not that being bigger helped it do that before, it was priced and marketed like the smaller rivals).

      Of course it isn’t a real SUV, and with offering a 3rd row, it will just confuse customers who might otherwise buy a Traverse. It’ll give the new Blazer a soccer-mom image the Edge and Murano do a decent job of avoiding. Their being 2 row only keeps them in the driveways of younger, childless couples or those with maybe with just one child. The Grand Cherokee and perhaps the 4Runner fits this criteria as well, while boasting better towing and off-road abilities, if that’s a priority.

      So, the new Blazer might as well be an Explorer or Pacifica or Pathfinder, or any other modern example of a “family truckster” you see kids running to in an elementary school parking lot.

      The cool young mom/dad, dressed in business casual, has her smaller, sportier and more stylish Edge Titanium, 4Runner Limited or a loaded Murano (platinum? SL?).

  • avatar

    GM is only thinking about the North American market and not the world market. The Blazer should have been a contender in the bof true off roader segment. Jeep has been going for the world market. Ford thinks the Bronco can compete globally with the Wrangler. The Japanese companies have always played globally in the market for bof off roaders.

  • avatar
    Jerome10

    I see others sharing my thoughts….why is this not a Grand Cherokee/4Runner/Wrangler Unlimited type of vehicle??

    I too was thinking this would be the SUV version of the Colorado/Canyon. For me personally, I would have been very interested.

    GM/Chevy does NOT need another GD crossover. Neither does Ford. The way actual BOF trucks and SUVs are still selling today, even with ancient platforms, and the market will get ANOTHER crossover?

    I hope Ford gets this right with the Bronco. GM never should have shuttered Hummer, frankly.

    I think the crossover craze has definitely jumped the shark. On the flip, it seems every new crossover released the companies sell a ton of them, so what do I know. Guess I’m just getting tired of seeing an all new crossover from everyone these days. Getting old.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      As a big fan, I’m thankful Hummer was shuttered rather than be turned into the atrocity Jeep has become.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      GM wouldn’t need a “cheap two row Tahoe” if they had a BOF vehicle below the Tahoe.

      • 0 avatar
        bikegoesbaa

        “BOF vehicle below the Tahoe”

        To what degree is this need filled by lower-spec extended cab pickups?

        • 0 avatar
          PrincipalDan

          Cart/horse horse/cart.

          I will actually agree with Corey who has argued that the Tahoe has a certain cachet that a Crew Cab Silverado does not.

          If the Tacoma was good enough, why would Toyota need the 4Runner?

          • 0 avatar
            stuki

            Taco has no interior space, even as a crew cab. The full sizers have plenty big cabs. The only thing they lack (at least outside of Mormonia….. http://stretchmytruck.com/ :) ) is a third row.

          • 0 avatar
            Carlson Fan

            “I will actually agree with Corey who has argued that the Tahoe has a certain cachet that a Crew Cab Silverado does not.”

            Meh, screw cache. Every weekend my Tahoe reminds me just how frapping useless it is (doesn’t get driven during the week) compared to the crew cab PU I sold this spring. I planned on running it for at least a couple of years but I’m not sure I can hold out that long.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            Among my relatives who live in “everybody drives a truck” territory, the Tahoe has cachet the Silverado doesn’t… if you’re a woman. If you’re a man, it’s actually the reverse, especially if your Silverado is a loaded 1-ton.

  • avatar
    newenthusiast

    My father in law was driving a second gen Blazer when I met my wife. I am not sure what trim level. Pretty cool looking 2 door, black with a black leather interior with tinted windows. 5 speed manual, manual transfer for the 4 wheel drive. Hauled his boat and gear (in the boat) and his wife and 3 almost grown kids with no issues for either the shore or camping. I personally thought it was decent enough vehicle that met his needs, and since he bought it used, was a good value.

    He meticulously maintained it and didn’t want to get rid of it, but he began consulting on projects (he’s an attorney specializing in real estate appraisal and eminent domain) for a company that had job sites all over the Mid-Atlantic, so he wasn’t towing as much. He bought a 1997 base-spec manual Cavalier for a song so that he could save on fuel and extend the live of the Blazer.

    The lack of usage (with all the kids out of the house) in the PA winters led to the rust monster getting into the frame pretty quickly, as his wife’s daily driver and Cavalier took the garage spaces. He was very sad to see it go. He’d buy a vehicle this size with a similar set up again, but this new Blazer is a unibody, and probably not offering small truck like capabilities, and certainly not a manual.

    Of course, the Tahoe replaced the Blazer, but that’s WAY bigger than the size he is looking for. Which is why he now drives an Xterra Pro4X.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    Sounds like this is a direct counterpart to the Cadillac XT5, which is a two-row crossover smaller than the extended-midsized Acadia and the full-sized Enclave and Traverse.

  • avatar
    jalop1991

    @Hummer:

    “At the end of the day any good quality BOF SUV with a solid axle and a V8 is going to be a desireable vehicle that’s going to hold its value and boost a brands image. ”

    …as long as that brand is Toyota.

    Anyway: tell me again why this isn’t just a rebadged Buick Envision?

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      K2XX SUVs
      4Runner
      Land Cruiser
      Wrangler

      All 4 of them are sought after and maintain a decent penny as the Used market for them is strong. Granted only 2 of those match my original criteria.

      Why GM is wasting time to do anything other than a badge job of one of the many other dumpy station wagons they have…? well… you see GM of America is the epitome of stupidity. While GM saddled America with god awful Malibus and Impalas, Australia was doing burnouts in Commodores and Caprices.

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        GM of Australia is pushing up daisies.

        • 0 avatar
          jalop1991

          GM of Australia is the hard driving biker dude of the automotive world: he lived life on his own terms, had fun, and died with no regrets.

          RIP Holden.

        • 0 avatar
          Hummer

          GM always gets rid of vehicles that people lust after. GM is cursed to destroy any vehicle that reaches a state of perfection. They refuse to leave well enough alone.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            GM always gets rid of vehicles that people lust after. GM is cursed to destroy any vehicle that reaches a state of perfection. They refuse to leave well enough alone.

            GM is a bloodsucking mistress that teases you and takes everything she can before leaving you over night with nothing. They build components to make the perfect vehicle that everyone could be proud to own, but refuse to make and sell it. The VF2 is the closest I’ve ever seen GM come to perfection in a car, of course they only allowed it to live for a grand total of 2 years. I missed the boat on the G8 and now it’s darn near depressing to know my SS will be the only new Aussie car I ever own. It’s automotive perfection 6.2L, Manual 6, RWD, orgasm1c exhaust sound, and I’ll never own anything else like it as long as I live. I’ve driven easily a hundred different vehicles of all mainstream makes and the Commodore is the only captivating, involved, and overall perfect car I’ve ever driven. It Destroys BMWs M-series as if the M-series were suped up Cobalts.

            And what do we get in America? FWD 4 cylinder turbo Malibus, and dumpy crossovers that destroy a once storied nameplate.

            Excuse me while I rant.

  • avatar
    dwford

    Clicking the links you can see that the two vehicles are NOT variations of the same vehicle. One is larger than the other, and one appears to have the blacked out A pillar style like a Kia Soul, while the other does not. Look at the shape of the driver’s door window frame. NOT the same vehicle.

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