It’s widely rumored that the 2019 Chevy Blazer will make its debut at the 2018 Auto Show in Detroit. The new Blazer buzz shows no signs of abating as we usher in 2018. The reception to these reports appears to be mixed, however; while some Chevy fans are adopting an optimistic attitude, others question the wisdom of pinning the iconic Blazer name on a—gasp!—crossover.
This second group of Chevy enthusiasts would much prefer Chevy to unveil a robust alternative to Ford’s upcoming Bronco SUV and Ranger truck brands. But recent spy shots confirm that the new Chevy Blazer is likely to be a substantive mid-offering between the 2018 Equinox and the 2018 Traverse.
However, these rumors are short on explicit 2019 Blazer details as no official reports have confirmed the possibility of its unveiling at the Detroit Auto Show. So, keep your fingers crossed, folks. Here’s what you can expect if Chevy does premier its 2019 Blazer at this year’s NAIAS.
Inside the All-New Blazer
Expect a new third row of seats, making the Blazer an attractive choice for millennials and empty-nesters. It appears that GM will capitalize on the rising popularity of CUVs (crossover utility vehicle) across the global market by making its Blazer as roomy as its 2017 GMC Acadia. In the United States alone, mid-sized SUVs and crossovers rose 1.4 points in market share to 12.8% in 2017.
The 2019 Chevy Blazer is expected to employ GM’s Active Safety Technology. In the event of a collision, the driver, rear, and front passengers can depend on at least 10 strategically-placed air-bags for their safety.
Additionally, the crucial Passenger Sensing System with infant-only suppression is an important feature for parents of young children. To prevent collisions, GM’s Active Safety technology deploys six key safety features: rear parking assist, rear cross traffic alert, forward collision alert, low-speed forward automatic braking, rear vision camera, and lane change alert with side blind zone alert.
The forward collision alert and low-speed automatic braking features are the first line of defense against front-end collisions. At low speeds, the car automatically brakes to prevent the severity of a front-end collision. During lane changes, side mirror alerts help drivers avoid blind-spot collisions. With important safety features in place, the 2019 Chevy Blazer is likely to be a popular choice for families.
It should come with a choice of two engines: a 2.0-liter LTG (turbocharged) four-cylinder engine or 3.6-liter LGX V6. Estimated horsepower and torque? Try 194 hp and 190 lb-ft on the low end, and 310 hp and 271 lb-ft on the high end.
These are expected to be combined with GM’s powerful Hydra-Matic 9T65 9-Speed Automatic Transmission, the same one deployed in the 2018 Buick Enclave and 2018 Chevy Traverse. The beauty of the 9T65 is that it supports stop-start technology. In heavy traffic conditions, the engine is allowed to shut down, facilitating fuel efficiency and potentially delivering significant fuel savings to the consumer.
The 9T65 also employs two important technologies: a revolutionary torque converter that enables smooth take-off and an advanced ECCC (controlled capacity clutch) to maintain even operation of the vehicle.
Dimensions and Platform
The Blazer may be based on GM’s C1XX platform; the C1XX replaced GM’s Theta and Lambda platforms and is designed to support both regular and long wheelbase configurations. The C1XX platform is also noted for its four-wheel independent suspension system, transversely mounted layout, plus front- and all-wheel-drive applications.
Chevy’s Blazer may also be strikingly similar to the 2017 GMC Acadia in terms of dimensions, with overall length at about 194 inches, overall width at about 75 inches, and overall height at about 70 inches. We’ll see.
Ready for the Newest Blazer to Join the Chevy Family?
If you’re interested in learning more about the 2019 Chevy Blazer, check our blog for updated information when the SUV hopefully makes its grand entrance at the 2018 NAIAS in Detroit. Until then, shop at Midpoint Chevy Buick GMC to get a glimpse of what we can do for you! As your Chevy dealer in Rocky Mount, we are proud to offer you the best vehicles and service in town.
Contact us at (540) 352-4280 or visit our Rocky Mount dealership at 17801 Virgil Goode Highway to take as many test drives in our new vehicles as you’d like.
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