Chevrolet says it is raising the bar on crossover design with the introduction of the all-new 2019 Blazer.
As the first new member of the American brand’s SUV lineup since 2015, the midsize crossover will slot in between the Equinox and Traverse when it arrives in U.S. dealerships in early 2019 to take on the likes of the Ford Edge, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Murano.
Taking styling cues from the latest Camaro muscle car, particularly when viewed from the front, the revived five-seater model represents a complete design departure from any previous Blazer-badged car, and is likewise entirely different from its Equinox and Traverse stablemates.
“The Blazer has attitude,” claims executive director of design at Chevrolet, John Cafaro. “It looks commanding on the road, while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV.”
Each Blazer variant will also have distinct styling “to suit different customers’ tastes”, including unique grille appearances, additional bright chrome on the up-level Premier trim and a blacked-out appearance for the Blazer RS edition.
18-inch aluminium rims will also come fitted as standard, while larger, 21-inch wheels will be available as an optional extra for the RS and Premier trims.
The latter two will be propelled by a 3.6-litre V6 paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. Power output is claimed to be 305 bhp and 269 lb-ft of torque.
“Chevrolet has been at the forefront of each of the major automotive industry trends by anticipating consumer demand and delivering innovative products like Bolt EV, Colorado and Trax,” says GM boss, Alan Batey. “The introduction of the all-new Blazer builds on that momentum and further strengthens the most comprehensive lineup of crossovers and SUVs on the market today.”