After a dormancy of almost 15 years, Chevrolet resurrected the Blazer last year. The moniker which was widely related to a capable off-roader has taken the form of an urban-friendly crossover as it arrives in the Middle East.
Recognising it has a gold nugget on its hands, GM revived the model name, slotting the new Blazer bang in the middle of its expansive SUV line-up. Chevrolet might have disappointed the ones expecting a retro-inspired styling from the iconic Blazer in the newest iteration.
Replacing the boxy styling on the old Blazer, the new model comes sculpted and tapered in a manner that most crossover SUVs are these days.
Unlike the robust body-on-frame construction on the old Blazer, the new iteration is based on a monocoque chassis. Once again, this is in line with the view of the modern target market that is more oriented towards comfort, refinement and on-road dynamics.
The profile of the new Blazer, unlike its boxy predecessor, is all sculpted and tapered in a manner that most crossover SUVs are these days. It sits on pronounced wheel arches that house 18-inch standard alloy wheels. However, at the higher rungs, buyers can avail a set of 20- or 21-inch wheels.
The five-seater iteration comes with a host of technologies letting it put up a worthy fight against its rivals. The new Blazer comes with Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Rear Park Assist. The higher trims also come with following distance indicator, forward collision alert, adaptive cruise control and front pedestrian braking.
Two engine options on the new Blazer include a 2.5-litre inline-four and a 3.6-litre V6 engine.
The new Blazer ships with two engine choices. The 2.5-litre inline-four engine that churns out 193hp will come as standard while the top-range models will ship with a 3.6-litre V6 engine good for 305hp. Both engines are mated to a nine-speed transmission and feature stop/start technology that seamlessly shuts down the engine when the power is not needed.
The new Blazer comes with Traction Select as standard that lets the driver make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode to account for varying road conditions. On all-wheel-drive models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, meaning drivers can opt to have their vehicle operate in FWD when AWD capability is not necessary.