Chevrolet has designed a new look for the 2019 blazer and it’s an improvement for some and an annoyance for others who were not expecting such a radical change in the appearance. Consider this their contribution to bringing a new quasi-sporty look to their truck based 4×4 in a crossover platform that really works if you’ll just give it a chance.
A new carnation
You can expect a new experience with the new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer and it’s going to to deliver high on the performance with a new size that features a unibody design in a crossover that is a totally new rendition of the old favorite. It still bears the DNA of its ancestors but the automaker decided that it was time for the Blazer to take the next step in its evolution.
What we’re going to get
Precisely what customers want is not yet clear as the stats are running all over the place but what we’re going to get is a vehicle that can be compared to the Edge or the Murano in a vehicle that you’re really not gong to want to take off road. It has a sporty and aggressive aesthetic along with some fancy work on the grille and taillights. It’s coming with a slightly wider track than its near competitors. It features a old and athletic presence on the outside.
A new interior
If you’re a fan of the Chevrolet Camaro then you’re going to love the new cabin of the 2019 Blazer because this is where it takes its inspiration. The side quarter windows are a nice touch to increase the forward visibility which is always a good thing. The rear view isn’t too compromised with the chunky D pillars either.
One gripe about the interior
There are pros and cons when it comes to the interior of the new Blazer, as with any new vehicle but the quality of the materials used could have been upgraded a little with no harm. The use of hard plastics in the lower areas is one complaint and the bland trimmings are another gripe. On the other hand, we’re pleased with the infotainment system referred to as Infotainment 3. It’s packed with features for connectivity which we don’t think anyone is going to have a problem with. It has quick response to inputs and the menus are user friendly with clear organization. In addition to this, the engineers used the space in the cabin fairly well, especially when it comes to headroom and leg room in both the front and rear. The rear seas have tremendous versatility as they slide, recline or can be folded flat for more cargo space. The seats are multi-adjustable in both front and rear which is a nice touch that helps to make up for the use of the hard plastics in the lower regions.
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer V-6 edition
We’ll start with the base form with an engine that is naturally aspirated 2.5 liter inline four. It’s a quiet runner and the suspension tuning makes it highly compliant. The horsepower in this version is 193 with 270 lb ft of torque. The optional V-6 engine in a 3.6 liter cranks out 308 horsepower with 270 lb ft of torque and it has a pleasing depth of sound with a decent level of acceleration that can take it from zero to 60 in just 6.3 seconds. We’re talking about the V-6 RS edition here.
There is only one transmission offered for the new 2019 Chev Blazer. It’s a nine speed automatic. There is an option to jump into manual gear control but the rocker switch located on the shift level has been deemed a bit on the clumsy side. It’s available in front wheel drive only on the four cylinder editions and with all wheel drive if you go with a V-6 model. They’re offering an RS and Premier model with the same rear drive unit with torque vectoring for improved agility in cornering.
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS
Right away you’ll notice that the V6 only Blazer RS comes equipped with a faster steering ratio and stiffer damping. The responses are sharp and the steering is solid. While 20 inch wheels are standard with this edition you can order yours with 21 inch wheels.
Expensive premium trims
If you want to upgrade the 2019 Blazer to an enhanced trim it’s going to be expensive. The starting price for the base models with front wheel drive are scheduled to be around $30,000 which is reasonable and the price goes upward into the middle $40,000 range. The base price of the all wheel drive is $44,695 but you don’t have to settle for the basics. If you add some of the premium features found in the Enhanced Convenience and Driver Confidence II package, you’re looking at an extra $3575. You can opt for a plethora of active safety features including automated emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. It’s going to be a sweet new vehicle and if you give it a chance you might find your next new favorite.