First Look At The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer For Lexington Chevrolet Shoppers
When Chevrolet reduced the size of the Equinox for the 2018 model year, it left a gap in its crossover lineup. Sensing there was room in-between the Equinox and the Traverse, Chevy added the new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer to its roster. This isn’t a surprise; there has been supposition the automaker might resurrect the Blazer name. We expect the new Blazer to be a popular model at Chevy dealerships with crossovers and SUVs for sale in Lexington and across the country.
By design or coincidence, the new Blazer debuts during the 50th anniversary of the original Chevy Blazer. Unlike its predecessor, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer won’t be a truck-based SUV. The new Blazer sits on the same platform as the Cadillac XT5 and the GMC Acadia. Lexington Chevrolet drivers love the smoother ride and carlike handling provided by unibody crossovers like the Blazer.
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer seats five and is offered in base, Premier and RS trim levels. Powering the Blazer is a 2.5-liter inline-4 engine that puts out 193 horses and 188 lb.-ft. of torque. Buyers can choose an optional 3.6-liter V6 powerplant that develops 305 hp and 269 lb.-ft. of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board, and both engines feature direct injection and stop-start technology. The Premier and RS models have standard all-wheel drive.
The Blazer has a driver-selectable mode that enhances the traction and stability systems based on the driving situation. The Blazer’s start-stop technology shuts down the engine when the crossover is idling to save fuel. The all-wheel-drive system has a twin-clutch differential that transfers torque between the rear wheels to add more traction and improve handling. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard, and 21-inch wheels are optional.
The Chevrolet Blazer includes ample space for cargo, With the rear seats folded back, the Blazer has 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space, enabling storage and transport of everything from sporting equipment to gear from the local home supply store.
Buyers who want to use their crossover for towing will be glad to know the Blazer’s optional V6 can pull up to 4,500 pounds. The available Hitch Guidance and Hitch View systems make it easy for one person to align and hitch the vehicle to a trailer.
The Premier and RS models get a new Cargo Management System as standard equipment. This setup features a cargo fence and a rail system that allows the cargo space to be divided to contain smaller items. Also standard is an electronic-locking glove box.
Options include adaptive cruise control, an automatic heated steering wheel, a rear camera mirror, automatic heated and ventilated front seats, a wireless smartphone charging system, a panoramic dual-pane power sunroof, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, USB ports, and 4G LTE Wi-Fi (with a 1-month/3GB data trial). We particularly like the optional comfort-open windows, which uses the key fob to allow drivers to open the windows remotely to let heat escape in hot weather.
We don’t have official EPA fuel economy numbers yet, but we believe the 2019 Chevy Blazer’s start-stop engine technology should help it return excellent figures.