Chevrolet has revealed an all-new crossover over the weekend in Atlanta, one called the Blazer, thereby resurrecting a nameplate attached to the American automaker since 1969. It’s scheduled to appear in North American dealerships in early 2019, slotting in above the third-generation Equinox and below the larger Traverse SUV.
As its size and sporty looks may have already announced, the Blazer is mostly suited to in-town and highway driving, a stylish crossover that adopts Chevy’s most recently updated design language and will compete, at least in its native market, with the Ford Edge and Jeep Cherokee.
The styling is very much in keeping with the facelifted models recently outed by Chevrolet, including the Camaro, Cruze, and Malibu. Each Blazer will come with 18-inch alloys, HID headlamps, and dual exhaust outlets, though the pricier RS and Premier trims will add larger 21-inch rollers and numerous tech enhancements.
In certain models, it will come fitted with niceties such as Adaptive Cruise Control and wireless phone charging pads. Thankfully, Chevrolet will include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support as well as in-built LTE connectivity as standard.
Elsewhere, the new Blazer will feature seating for 5 occupants and will be supplied initially by two petrol engines, both naturally aspirated, kicking off with a 2.5-litre four-cylinder with 143kW and 255Nm and topping out with a 3.6-litre V6 with 227kW and 365Nm.
Both engines will likely define the range upon launch, however Chevrolet hints at the possibility of accommodating a hybrid powertrain further down the line. In either case, though, output from both these announced motors are funnelled exclusively through a 9-speed automatic transmission, reaching the front wheels in lower tier grades but can be specified with all-wheel drive.
In regard to their own SUV line-up, GM stablemate Holden already has the Equinox and upcoming Acadia to keep themselves occupied, but they surely are curious to see how Australian customers respond to the newest addition to the Chevy portfolio. With a large-enough volume of customer interest, perhaps that'll adequate incentive to have the Blazer cross the pacific and reach local showrooms.