Rumor has it that Chevrolet is planning to resurrect the Blazer on a new vehicle, and all signs point in the direction of the upcoming 2019 Chevy Blazer being a midsize crossover utility vehicle (CUV) based on the regular wheelbase version of GM’s C1 platform. In other words, the vehicle will likely be similar in size, seating capacity and performance attributes to the recently-overhauled, second-generation GMC Acadia.
Now, we can see how using the Blazer name on a soft CUV — instead of a true-to-form off-road-capable body-on-frame SUV — might end up displeasing some Blazer faithful, so that concern is definitely valid. But given the current market conditions — namely the market’s seemingly-insatiable appetite for crossovers at the expense of sedans — we can’t blame Chevy for wanting to use a good name on a product in a key category. What’s more, there is no denying the significant gap in the Bowtie’s crossover lineup between the compact 2018 Chevy Equinox, which shrunk slightly for the third generation, and the bigger-than-life 2018 Chevy Traverse, which grew in size for the second generation. And that’s exactly where the new Blazer would come in to save the day — splitting the difference in size and price between the Equinox and Traverse. Keeping all that in mind, we’ve put our team of master artists to work in creating a rendering of the rumored Blazer — and here’s the result.
Off the bat, we should note that we opted to forego the concept-like theatrics of the Chevy FNR-X concept, which we previously opined could be a preview of the next Blazer, and instead create something more production ready. At the front, our Blazer rendition features a truck-like stance, despite this being a car-based crossover.
The face is similar to that on the 2018 Traverse, complete with Chevy’s latest iteration of the dual-port grille, modern headlamps, and strong hood lines. The profile is unmistakably midsize — not too small, and not too big. We gave our Blazer a flat Day Light Opening (DLO) trim on the rear doors to set it apart from the second-gen Acadia, whose window trim features an upward “kink” aft of the C-pillar. The rear features square proportions, giving it a bolt, SUV-like stance. The taillights follow Chevy’s newest multi-element design philosophy, and the tailgate features flowing lines leading into the hexagonal exhaust tips.
So, are you feeling our rendering? Sound off in the comments.
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