The Chevrolet Blazer is coming back, and boy has it changed.
Instead of a truck-based SUV, the 2019 Blazer is a crossover. The five-passenger SUV is closely related to the current GMC Acadia and matches up against popular midsize models like the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano.
It’s a stark contrast compared to the reborn Ford Bronco that’s also on the way soon, which will be a rugged, off-road 4x4 truck.
Its standout feature is a daring design compared to the brand’s other utilities, with a floating roof, sculpted sides, bulging fenders, razor-thin headlights and a large grille clearly inspired by the Chevy Camaro’s.
When it goes on sale early next year, the Blazer will be available with either a 193 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or 305 hp 3.6-liter V6, both paired to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions will be offered, the latter aimed at providing all-weather more than all-terrain capability.
Adaptive cruise control and a rear-view-mirror equipped with a video screen are among the high tech options available, while Chevrolet says that additional electronic safety features will be announced at a later date.
The top spec Blazer will have a tow rating of 4,500 pounds, and you’ll be able to order it with a camera-based system to help with hitching up a trailer.