General Motors is preparing to launch its all-new 2019 Chevrolet Blazer crossover in response to increasing consumer demand for crossovers and SUVs.
The Blazer is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter V6 engine. Both are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle is only slightly larger than the midsize Chevrolet Equinox but provides new styling and capability features for active owners.
In a competitive segment that includes the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano and Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Blazer faces an uphill battle for sales. It is entering the market later than its competitors and eschews the hardcore reputation its famous nameplate once held—declining to battle the upcoming Ford Bronco for rugged bragging rights.
However, the Blazer has a competitive starting price point at $29,995 including destination. It also has interesting new features that will appease customers looking for attractive and reliable transportation.
After a look inside the 2019 Blazer at the Los Angeles Auto Show, here are five things to know about the new crossover:
New Design Language
Chevrolet will rely on styling to sell the new Blazer against stiff competition. To jump-start the looks, the automaker took cues from its Camaro sports car and created a wide grille, large lower intakes and narrow headlights. The Blazer introduces this style language to Chevrolet crossovers and should become a more common sight on larger models in the future.
The Blazer borrows a new feature, a twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system, from its larger Traverse sibling. Available on the Blazer RS and Blazer Premiere, the all-wheel drive system reacts to different driving and traction conditions. It can also completely disengage the rear end to drive only the front wheels for improved fuel economy.
Traction Mode Select
The all-wheel-drive system also allows the driver to select from a range of driving modes. The new Blazer can be toggled among 2WD, 4WD, Sport, Off-Road and Towing. The different modes affect the vehicle’s throttle mapping, steering, shift patterns and traction control. In its top towing configuration, the 2019 Blazer has a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds.
New Cargo Management
The rear space of the 2019 Blazer introduces a new cargo-management system for Chevrolet. The crossover has rails installed in the floor of its cargo space, and buyers can opt to add a metal bar that slides fore and aft to handle gear and equipment as needed. The second row of seating also slides, creating up to 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space when the seats are folded down.
Electronic Locking Glove Box
Another new feature introduced on the 2019 Blazer is a glove box that locks through the vehicle’s infotainment screen to protect valuables. Users can navigate to the Valet Mode on the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 menu and choose to lock the glove box using a four-digit code. It can only be unlocked through that same system. It provides extra security for owners leaving their Blazer in the hands of others.