The Blazer was built to be a mid-size crossover SUV, capable of transporting 5 passengers, so it slides perfectly between the smaller, compact Equinox and the three-rowed monster, the Traverse in Chevrolet’s SUV line-up. A little bit of the old model can be found in the new version’s powertrain options, as both are offering some serious power. The base models are fitted with a nimble 2.5-liter inline-4 engine capable of putting out 193 horsepower and 188 ft-lbs of torque. You can upgrade it to a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that’s going to give you 305 horsepower and 269 ft-lbs of torque. Both options come with a 9 speed automatic. If you choose the former version, the V-6, Chevrolet guarantees a towing power of up to 4500 pounds, so some of the "muscle" from the previous versions is still alive in the 2019 model. Unlike its predecessor though, the Blazer comes with forward-drive as standard, but two all-wheel-drive systems are available for upgrade. Both all-wheel-drive systems can be switched to forward-drive for fuel economy so opting for an upgrade here would be a wise choice as you'll get access to the best of both worlds, fuel-economy or superb grip, depending on your daily requirements.
If you step inside, you get yet another strong Camaro-vibe. The interior is modeled after the muscle car, and it's all about passenger comfort. High-end materials all around and a ton of standard features pamper Blazer's owners. From a much bigger list, we'd like to highlight the 8-inch touchscreen for infotainment, equipped with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the wireless smartphone charging system or the 6 USB ports. Upgrades like a panoramic twin-pane glass roof, electronic locking glovebox, 21-inch tires and all the high-tech safety features we've seen in the past few years making their way into the market, make the car knock on the doors of the luxury-SUV segment. So expect to be able to get upgrades that range from forward collision warning to pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and even the Teen Driver system. It allows you to set specific limits on your car that encourage safe driving and it creates reports with things like top speed during each drive being reported.
The company’s decision to transform the Blazer completely really seems like the right choice. As appealing as the retro look might have been to a small group of enthusiasts it was highly unlikely that in today’s world a robust SUV that cares little for looks and comfort would have sold well, or survived for more than a year for that matter. The Blazer reinvented itself and found the strength to be reborn from its own ashes, much like the legendary Phoenix. It faced a production stop of close to two decades, and now on its market reentry, it looks better than ever. Maybe the pause was exactly what was needed for this model to thrive for generations more to come, a discontinuity that allowed for complete reinvention. The gap was so big that there’s absolutely nothing to link the old with the new apart from the name and sometimes, in our ever-evolving reality, that’s a good thing.