By on March 9, 2022

GM is set to introduce more EVs to its fleet, announcing this morning that it will be stuffing a Blazer full of electrons and putting it on sale next year. Touted as the “first Chevy EV to feature a performance SS model”, GM says the all-electric Blazer SS will make its debut later this year and will be available in spring 2023.

With this news, we’ll sit back and wait for the B&B to discuss GM’s continued propensity to apply the SS badge in weird and wonderful ways.

There’s every chance a fully-charged all-electric Blazer SS will out-accelerate anything from the muscle car era, given an EV’s ability to deploy all of its electrons the instant its driver mashes the go pedal. Still, some purists will surely be outraged at the inclusion of an SS badge on an EV despite the fact this thing will probably scoot from 0 – 60 mph in less than four seconds. And don’t forget – this isn’t the first SUV to earn an SS trim. That honor was bestowed on the 1st-gen Trailblazer 15 years ago when GM decided to stuff a 400-horsepower V8 between its front fenders. So equipped, owners could boast with some degree of accuracy that their SUV had a Corvette engine.

As for this latest SS, details are slim. A promotional video shows a typical charging port on this Blazer’s left flank, ready to hoover up electricity from Level 3 fast chargers. That port’s door is powered in the video, if that makes a difference to anyone reading this post. Its front fenders seem to be of a similar design to the existing gasoline-powered Blazer, a vehicle that received some mild styling and tech updates for the 2023 model year. Also shown in the teaser is an alloy wheel with the SS badge hammered into one of its spokes.

This isn’t the first time we’ve been tipped to the existence of a Blazer EV. Back in January, CEO Mary Barra made reference to such a rig during her (virtual) keynote at CES in Las Vegas, though this SS variant went unmentioned. Also on tap is an Equinox EV, said to be priced around $30,000. While all-electric trucks like the GMC Hummer EV and Silverado EV (the latter of which will eventually include a dune-busting Trail Boss trim) are ample amounts of fun, it will fall to high-volume SUVs – like the Equinox and, to a lesser extent, the Blazer – to keep the lights on at GM as its transition to a fully electric future.

Power numbers and battery details are all under wraps for now but it’s a safe bet Chevy will be using their Ultium platform to underpin this Blazer SS.

[Images: GM]

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15 Comments on “Chevy Teases All-Electric Blazer SS...”

  • avatar

    The storied “SS” badge on an EV.. I thought Chevy learned their lesson with the Malibu Maxx SS. As bad as a Mustang EV… maybe worse.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      A Mustang EV would have been fine. It was the whole 4 door crossover bit that upset folks. Same here

    • 0 avatar

      “The storied “SS” badge on an EV.. I thought Chevy learned their lesson with the Malibu Maxx SS. As bad as a Mustang EV… maybe worse.”

      Yep this is GMs “Mustang” Mach E. Although GM has a longer history of ruining classic names. The 2000+ Impala comes to mind.

      It’s hilarious to me that this EV fad is not being taken seriously by Ford and GM. Ford introduces a low volume, impractical, crossover named Mustang, a work van that has a laughably short range and GM is introducing a performance orientated crossover.

      The market for EVs as a whole is extremely small and by making niche vehicles within that niche, you are not advancing the woke EV cause. The only thing that will make EVs (that are 40% coal powered) advance in the broader automotive market is volume models. A $20K-$30K EV that has a 400 mile range and a sub 10 minute recharge time will sell in droves.

      But it’s clear the auto makers are not interested in that. Seems they are just as skeptical of this EV fad as most other reasonable people.

    • 0 avatar

      “The storied “SS” badge on an EV.”

      Usually, EVs are much quicker than their ICE counterparts, so it makes sense. On, a 1968 Camaro SS 396 does 0-60 in 6.6 seconds. A 69 Camaro SS 396 is 6.8. A 2022 Bolt 2LT is 6.4 seconds. A 68 Chevelle SS 396 not only loses 0-60 to the Bolt, but would lose in the 1/4 mile as well.

      • 0 avatar

        The Bolt’s ICE counterpart is a late 60s Camaro?

        • 0 avatar

          Absolutely, the Bolt is an unparalleled chick magnet.

          (MCS has a valid point, though…the cars we considered to be “high performance” back then aren’t so fast by modern standards. Pretty remarkable that an electric eco-dorkmobile would walk a Camaro SS.)

          • 0 avatar

            That’s true but compare a ’68 Cutlass to a 1914 Stutz Bearcat and you get a similar (arguably greater) result.
            My Kia is as quick as a Ferrari F355 from the 90s. Doesn’t mean I should put horse badges on it.

          • 0 avatar

            “ (MCS has a valid point, though…the cars we considered to be “high performance” back then aren’t so fast by modern standards. Pretty remarkable that an electric eco-dorkmobile would walk a Camaro SS.)”

            It is idiotic and insane to compare the performance of a 50 to 60 year old vehicle to something produced today.

        • 0 avatar

          Well, it sure ain’t those two redneck dudes in the Hemi Charger (fairly recent vintage) who thought it’d be fun to laugh at my Bolt at that traffic light one Friday night at 11:00.

          It wasn’t even close. And a Bolt certainly ain’t a Tesla.

  • avatar

    Super Stalker
    gm will sell everything you do and everywhere you go to the highest bidder.

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    The SS badge isn’t the issue it’s the fact that they decided to call this “me too” CUV a Blazer. WTF????

    GM should have taken Ford’s cue & built something to compete with the crappy Wrangler & stuck the iconic “Blazer” name on that. The equivalent to the Bronco Raptor would have been the “K5 Blazer”.

    I may slap set of “SS” badges on my sporty little Volt and see how many people I can fool!….LOL

  • avatar

    Tesla killer.

  • avatar

    There are certainly many storied SS cars, but you could also get a six-cylinder Nova or Impala with the badge. Ultimately, it was an appearance package.

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