Spied: Chevrolet's Butch New 2019 Blazer

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Oh man, they even got the paint right. Who knew retro design cues could feel so authentic?

Hold on, that’s not the upcoming midsize Chevrolet Blazer — it’s a 1979 model (in alluring Cheyenne trim). Obviously, General Motors expects the public to hold fond memories of the Blazers of yesteryear, otherwise it wouldn’t affix the brawny, rugged name to its newest crossover. Yes, crossover. The Tahoe, which replaced the two-door K5 Blazer back in the mid ’90s, remains the top choice for drivers looking for bowties and body-on-frame construction.

However, there’s plenty of space between the newly downsized Equinox and sprawling Traverse. Into the breach drives the Blazer.

As you see here, the model retains the blocky proportions seen in the previous generation, as well as a traditional two-door layout and sliding rear window. Wait, that’s a 1983 S-10 model!

Sorry about that, but you get the picture. With a long-running name comes plenty of heritage, and some folks might not be too keen on the idea of a unibody, front-drive crossover with optional all-wheel drive carrying this particular nameplate. Thankfully for General Motors, these types are vastly outnumbered by folks who just want a damn crossover and find the Equinox a little too small.

The actual new Blazer, seen above, rides atop the shorter of the GM “Chi” platforms, shared by the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5. Looking at that sharply slanted rear glass, it seems this model won’t have a third row, leaving the classroom-hauling capabilities to the Traverse, Tahoe, and Suburban.

Yes, it’s a far cry from the blocky, square-rigged SUVs of the past, but Chevy already has those. Fuel economy requires a graceful face, and the model’s styling needs to stay in line with that of the brand’s smaller and larger crossovers.

It’s too bad about the bulky padded camo hiding the vehicles’ flanks. We can see, however, a set of high-mounted horizontal taillights looking quite similar to those on the Equinox.

It’s likely buyers will see a 2.5-liter four-cylinder in base trim, with uplevel models gaining a 3.6-liter V6. In other words, a carryover from the Acadia. GM’s nine-speed automatic seems the most probable transmission candidate.

The upcoming Chevrolet Blazer should appear later this year as a 2019 model.

[Images: Wikimedia ( CC BY-SW 4.0), Brian Williams/Spiedbilde]

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  • John Horner John Horner on May 03, 2018

    The fraction of new vehicle buyers who actually go off road is infinitesimal. Let Jeep sell Trail Rated vehicles to the few who care. Meanwhile there is big money to be made from people who will never read or post on TTAC.

    • Gtem Gtem on May 03, 2018

      Toyota's clearing 120k 4Runners annually at the moment, and you're right barely any go offroad. And as you mentioned Jeep is selling every last 4 door Wrangler they can build, typically with transaction prices in the $35k+ range. Both Toyota and Jeep likewise have a healthy crossover portfolio for buyers to choose from, yet they also recognize there's money to be made on more heavily image/lifestyle/capability-oriented offerings. I think a lot of "regular" people go to a Toyota dealership and see a Highlander and 4Runner, both for sale in the $36-38k bracket for a V6/AWD/4WD unit, and decide the 4Runner "looks tougher" or they think the rolldown rear window is really neat or something.

  • SuperCarEnthusiast SuperCarEnthusiast on May 14, 2018

    I will wait for the RST trim with the Camaro/Corvette V8 Supercharge inside and suspension package! Hope they limit the governor speed to 200 mph! Then the name "Blazer" will mean something special!

  • EBFlex At the summer property putting boats in the water, leveling boat lifts, cleaning the lots for summer, etc. Typical cabin stuff in the most beautiful place on the planet
  • Lou_BC I've I spent the past few days in what we refer to as "the lower mainland". I see Tesla's everywhere and virtually every other brand of EV. I was in downtown Vancouver along side a Rivian R1T. A Rivian R1S came off as side street and was following it. I saw one other R1S. 18% of new vehicles in BC are EV'S. It tends to match what I saw out my windshield. I only saw 2 fullsized pickups. One was a cool '91 3/4 ton regular cab. I ran across 2 Tacoma's. Not many Jeeps. There were plenty of Porches, Mercedes, and BMW's. I saw 2 Aston Martin DBX707's. It's been fun car watching other than the stress of driving in big city urban traffic. I'd rather dodge 146,000 pound 9 axle logging trucks on one lane roads.
  • IBx1 Never got the appeal of these; it looks like there was a Soviet mandate to create a car with two doors and a roof that could be configured in different ways.
  • CAMeyer Considering how many voters will be voting for Trump because they remember that gas prices were low in 2020–never mind the pandemic—this seems like a wise move.
  • The Oracle Been out on the boat on Lake James (NC) and cooking up some hella good food here with friends at the lake place.