We heard a lot of news from Chevrolet’s national dealer meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, but there wasn’t a peep surrounding the brand’s new mid-size crossover. We’re talking about the 2019 Blazer, which may, or may not, where that name.
An outspoken dealer source spilled details on the mid-engine C8 Corvette, a battery-electric performance vehicle and the 2019 Camaro refresh, but he didn’t mention anything on a new Blazer—or any crossover and SUV news, at that.
The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer (we’ll refer to the crossover as such until we have a formal name) will share plenty with the GMC Acadia. It will ride on the shortened version of General Motors’ C1 platform, but obviously, wear its own unique design. Expect more angles, and potentially a longer front overhang.
What isn’t clear if the Blazer will potentially usher in new powertrains that a refreshed Acadia will soon adopt. Right now, the 2018 Acadia runs GM’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while a 3.6-liter V6 is optional. Six-speed automatic transmissions pair to either engine choice. GM has newer small-displacement engines at its disposal and a nine-speed automatic that could come to the Blazer.
If the Blazer will arrive for the 2019 model year, which it should, a debut will still likely occur sometime this year. Chevrolet has more often debuted its vehicles outside of the traditional auto show circuit as of recent, so we may see a separate event solely for the new crossover later this year.