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Chevrolet Blazer (crossover)

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Chevrolet Blazer
2019 Chevrolet Blazer 2LT AWD, front 7.27.19.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerChevrolet (General Motors)
ProductionDecember 2018–present
Model years2019–present
AssemblyMexico: Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila (Ramos Arizpe Assembly)
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size crossover SUV
Body style5-door SUV
Layout
PlatformC1XX
Related
Powertrain
Engine
Power output
  • 143 kW (192 hp; 194 PS) (2.5 L)
  • 227 kW (304 hp; 309 PS) (3.6 L)
Transmission9-speed 9T50 automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase112.7 in (2,863 mm)
Length191.4 in (4,862 mm)
Width76.7 in (1,948 mm)
Height67.0 in (1,702 mm)
Chronology
Predecessor

The Chevrolet Blazer is a 5-seat mid-size crossover SUV produced by General Motors brand Chevrolet. The vehicle went into production in December 2018 and sales began in January 2019 as a 2019 model.

Overview

The Blazer nameplate, whose history dates back to 1969 when it was introduced as a two-door large SUV,[1] was introduced to the public in Atlanta on June 21, 2018 as a mid-size CUV that will be slotted in between the compact Equinox and the 3-row mid-size Traverse. It will serve as a counterpart to the GMC Acadia in the midsize CUV segment and will be built on the same platform as the Acadia. The vehicle's design will detail a sporty-style look that takes its cues from the Camaro but will have a CUV feel.[2][3]

Powertrain

The Blazer will be powered by a standard 2.5 L I4 engine rated at 144 kW (193 hp; 196 PS) and 255 N⋅m (188 lbf⋅ft) of torque. A 3.6 L V6 engine option will also be available, offering up 227.5 kW (305 hp; 309 PS) and 365 N⋅m (269 lbf⋅ft) of torque.[4]

Transmission

The Blazer will make use of GM's 9-speed 9T50 automatic transmission.[5][6] The same transmission is also used in the company's Cruze, Malibu, and Equinox models.[7]

Trim levels and pricing

The Blazer will feature both FWD and AWD, with a choice of L, LT (1LT, 2LT, and 3LT), RS, and Premier trim levels. It will have a starting MSRP of $29,995 (USD), including destination charge, for the base L model when it officially goes on sale in January 2019.[8]

Standard features on all Blazer models include the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with eight-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, OnStar with 4G LTE Wi-Fi capabilities, keyless entry with keyless access and push-button start, and alloy wheels. Options include remote start, upgraded alloy wheels, a Bose premium audio system, GPS navigation, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, a power sunroof, heated and ventilated front bucket seats with driver's memory, red interior accents (RS trim only), and a power tailgate.

Chevrolet also announced that ten colors, three exhaust styles, and seven wheel designs, will be featured for the Blazer.[9][10][11]

Changes

2020

The 2020 model year Blazer will see a 2.0L turbocharged 4 cylinder LSY engine that will be optional on 2LT and 3LT level trims.[12]

Blazer XL

GM confirmed in February 2019 that there are plans to introduce a large-size version of the Blazer to China and regional territories as Blazer XL, set for the 2020 model year. The vehicle would be sold in countries where it could fill the same full-size crossover SUV slot reserved for the Traverse due to the latter's length and width. So far, in addition to China, Chevrolet is looking at Brazil and South Korea as key places.[13] Despite having caught a series of spy shots that was taken in the United States (and heavily guarded by security who had to chase the photographer from the vehicle), Chevrolet will not make the Blazer XL available to North American markets.[14]

On November 8, 2019, Chevrolet officially introduced the Blazer XL during 2019 Chevrolet Gala Night, a special event held in the Chinese city of Hefei. The Blazer XL will serve as its flagship SUV in China albeit marketed as a midsize plus vehicle. There will be four trims for this version: RS, Redline, LT, and Premier levels.[15]

Production and assembly

2019 Blazer RS
2019 Blazer RS

Intended to be built in Spring Hill, Tennessee, or possibly Lordstown, Ohio, GM chose the Ramos Arizpe Assembly in Mexico instead due to its capabilities to assemble midsize vehicles and to allow the Spring Hill facilities to focus more on producing the Acadia and Cadillac XT5 because of shift hour issues.[16]

On November 27, 2018, Chevrolet began production on the Blazer in Ramos Arizpe, phasing out production of the discontinued Chevrolet Cruze altogether. The latter ended its North American production in March 2019.[17][18]

Controversy from Trump and UAW

The decision to build the Blazer in Mexico was criticized by the United Auto Workers, who wanted the vehicle built in the United States and is disappointed by GM's reason behind the announcement to begin production outside the country, citing GM's decision to cut back on its second shift workforce (and announced shutdown) at the Lordstown Assembly and moving production to Mexico.[19][20] On January 10, 2019, the UAW announced that it has ordered its members to boycott the Blazer. Terry Dittes, director of the UAW's GM Department, said the automaker has doubled down on cheaper labor in Mexico and continues to use temporary workers at U.S. plants, which robs laid-off UAW members of jobs.[21]

While GM had already decided on Ramos Arizpe prior to the development of the Blazer, the union, as well as the automotive industry in general, is concerned that the possibility of President Donald Trump’s statement about raising tariffs on vehicles built outside the United States and threats to force automakers to bring jobs back to the country (based on his Twitter message made on June 22, 2018) could make things complicated, but GM has dismissed those theories and is confident about the Blazer’s prospects.[22]

The move also gave concerns for lawmakers from both political parties. U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-Michigan), herself a former executive at GM, said her former employer's decision to idle U.S. plants in 2019, on top of the decision to produce the Blazer in Mexico, reinforces a belief that the just-agreed USMCA deal made by President Trump doesn't correct the soon-to-be-replaced NAFTA's problems: "Before I approve any trade agreement I am going to make sure we're writing trade agreements that level the playing field for the working men and women of this country, and that we're keeping jobs here, not making it easier to keep shipping jobs overseas... This GM announcement gives me greater concern, not less."[23]

On March 26, 2019, a Blazer and a Chevrolet Silverado were placed atop the Chevrolet Fountain at Detroit's Comerica Park, as the official vehicles for the Detroit Tigers' 2019 MLB baseball season. The Blazer was replaced a few days later by a Traverse, after complaints from automotive workers and enthusiasts in the local media, pointing out that it was made in Mexico, and the park's proximity to GM's Detroit-Hamtramck assembly, which is scheduled to go idle in 2020.[24]

Sales

The news and buzz surrounding the Blazer and its expectations has paid off with customers acquiring the SUV ahead of its January 2019 debut. According to GM, the first 27 units were sold in December 2018, a rarity for a soft launch among GM vehicles.[25] At the end of first quarter 2019, it had sold 3,023 units in the United States.[26]

International markets

North America

Although the Blazer debuted in the United States and Canada in December 2018, the vehicle was not launched in Mexico, where the CUV is built, until mid-February 2019. This gives all three countries a complete crossover and SUV lineup, ranging from the Trax all the way up to the Suburban. The Mexican version differs from the ones built for U.S. and Canada markets, as the levels trims are Tela (replacing L), Piel (replacing Premier), and RS, exclusive to Mexico.[27]

China

In China, Chevrolet unveiled a counterpart concept of the Blazer, the FNR-CarryAll, and will be a larger 3-row crossover SUV, with a length of 5,000 mm (196 inches) on a wheelbase of 2,867 mm (112.87 inches), a width of 2,258 mm (88.9 inches) including mirrors and height of 1,693 mm (66.65 inches). Chevrolet has been testing the prototype in the United States, but will only make this version available for China as Chevy does not plan to sell the Chevy Traverse in China. The Blazer XL was introduced in China in November 2019.[28]

South America

Chevrolet will also sell the Blazer in South American markets, with Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia (where they expect to modify their roster) receiving the vehicle in 2019 as part of its lineup expansion in the region.[29][30]

Oceania

GM is looking at expanding the Blazer to Australia and New Zealand as a Holden, but would retain the Blazer name and slotted as a mid size entry between the Acadia and Equinox as part of its expansion of its North American vehicles into this region.[31]

Asia/Middle East

GM began selling the Blazer in the Middle East and Persian Gulf countries (excluding Iran) in June 2019. The features are the same as the North American version.[32]

Nameplate

The use of the Blazer nameplate on a midsize CUV has sparked mixed reviews, mostly from fans of the K5 Blazer and S-10 Blazer SUVs, as well as the TrailBlazer faithful, who were disappointed in Chevrolet applying it to a CUV instead of importing the international TrailBlazer to North America, building it as an SUV on the same platform as the Suburban/Tahoe, or putting it on an SUV platform based on the Colorado, hopefully as an answer to Ford's planned revival of the Bronco, citing the Blazer's history as an adventurous off-road vehicle.[33][34][35] The TrailBlazer will return to North America as a compact crossover that will be slotted below the Equinox in 2020 as a 2021 model.[36]

Reception

In a side-by-side comparison with the Ford Edge, Car and Driver declared the Blazer the best, for its "responsive and stable handling, aggressive styling, and stout V-6 engine."[37]

References

  1. ^ “History of the Chevy Blazer” from CNET (June 20, 2018)
  2. ^ “The 2019 Chevy Blazer looks like the Camaro of crossovers” from Autoblog (June 21, 2018)
  3. ^ “2019 CHEVROLET BLAZER FIRST LOOK: REINVENTING THE SUV FOR A CUV WORLD” from Motor Trend (June 21, 2018)
  4. ^ “BOLD DESIGN DEFINES 2019 CHEVROLET BLAZER” from Chevrolet (June 21, 2018)
  5. ^ Mircea Panait (2018-06-22). "2019 Chevrolet Blazer Gets Detailed on Camera". autoevolution. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  6. ^ Safet Satara (2018-07-08). "5 Ways The Blazer Competes Outside Its Class". TopSpeed. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  7. ^ Mircea Panait (2016-12-06). "GM Hydra-Matic 9T50 Transmission Confirmed for Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Equinox". autoevolution. Retrieved 2018-07-11.
  8. ^ "2019 Blazer Price Starting at $29,995" from GM Authority (September 25, 2018)
  9. ^ “2019 Blazer Colors: Exterior and Interior Hues Uncovered” from GM Authority (October 3, 2018)
  10. ^ “Chevy’s 2019 Blazer Offers Three Different Exhaust Outlet Styles” from GM Authority (October 17, 2018)
  11. ^ “Blazer Wheels: New Chevy SUV Offers Seven Rim Choices” from GM Authority (November 7, 2018)
  12. ^ “2020 Chevrolet Blazer: The Complete Engine Lineup” from GM Authority (from GM Authority (June 28, 2019)
  13. ^ "GM To Debut Three-Row Chevrolet Blazer XL in 2020: Exclusive" from GM Authority (February 25, 2019)
  14. ^ "Three-Row Chevrolet Blazer Spied Testing, With Guard In Pursuit" from GM Authority (April 23, 2019)
  15. ^ "GM Teases All-New Three-Row Chevrolet Blazer XL In China" from GM Authority (November 3, 2019)
  16. ^ “2019 Blazer To Be Built In Mexico” from GM Authority (June 21, 2018)
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  19. ^ “UAW Unhappy Over Decision To Build 2019 Blazer In Mexico” from GM Authority (June 22, 2018)
  20. ^ "GM CEO Mary Barra Still Won’t Commit To Lordstown Plant’s Future" from GM Authority (September 27, 2018)
  21. ^ "UAW Advocates For Boycott on Mexico-Made Chevrolet Blazer" from GM Authority (January 10, 2019)
  22. ^ “GM Building Chevy Blazer in Mexico Risks Provoking Trump's Ire” from Bloomberg (June 22, 2018)
  23. ^ "GM cutbacks complicate USMCA's path to passage" from Automotive News (December 11, 2018)
  24. ^ "GM Removes 2019 Chevrolet Blazer From Comerica Display" from GM Authority (April 1, 2019)
  25. ^ "Chevrolet Blazer Sales Kick Off Right On Schedule" from GM Authority (January 3, 2019)
  26. ^ "Chevrolet Blazer Sales Tally 3,023 In Q1 2019" from GM Authority (April 17, 2019)
  27. ^ "Chevrolet Launches 2019 Blazer In Mexico" from GM Authority (February 14, 2019)
  28. ^ "Chevrolet FNR-CarryAll Concept Gives The Blazer A Third Row" from GM Authority (November 15, 2018)
  29. ^ "2019 Blazer Announced For Colombia, Goes On Sale Next Year" from GM Authority (November 18, 2018)
  30. ^ "Seven New Chevrolet Models To Launch In South America In 2019" from GM Authority (January 22, 2019)
  31. ^ "New Chevrolet Blazer could become a Holden" from Motoring (June 25, 2018)
  32. ^ "2019 Blazer Launches Next Month (June 2019) In The Middle East" from GM Authority (May 6, 2019)
  33. ^ “First Look: Chevrolet confirms the return of the Blazer, but it’s a crossover and not a Bronco-busting SUV” from New York Daily News (June 21, 2018)
  34. ^ “2019 Blazer: Why Chevy, Why!?” from Gear Junkies (June 21, 2018)
  35. ^ “2019 Chevrolet Blazer: This Is Not the Blazer We're Looking For” from The Drive (June 21, 2018)
  36. ^ "2021 Chevy Trailblazer is revealed as the Blazer's little sibling" from Autoblog (May 29, 2019)
  37. ^ "2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS and 2019 Ford Edge Titanium Face Off: Which Is Detroit's Best Two-Row Mid-Size SUV?" from Car and Driver (April 10, 2019)

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