Yes, the Chevrolet Blazer is more than likely returning, though it won’t be the “Blazer” we know and love. We’ll likely see the nameplate slapped onto a front-wheel-drive crossover vehicle.
We digress. Today, it’s all about the past. And in the past, Chevrolet built the Blazer, its answer to the Ford Bronco. It began in 1969 when Chevrolet saw the Bronco’s success and wanted a piece of the two-door sport utility pie. The original Blazer was basically a downsized Suburban, which itself was based on the K10 pickup at the time. These first-generation Blazers also came from the factory without a roof.
Still, it found success and quickly went on to sell 45,000 units a year. In 1973, the second-generation Blazer hit the scene and stuck around for 18 years, and in 1991, yet another new Blazer hit the streets.
The S-10 Blazer arrived in 1992 and tweaked the winning Blazer formula with a smaller package, but stuck to its off-road roots. The S-10 Blazer was also the first Blazer to receive four doors.
In 1994, the full-size Blazer became what we know as the Tahoe today, while the S-10 Blazer became known as just Blazer. It was the same as the old Blazer, but boasted a new design.
1999 saw a big reveal for the Blazer line: the Trailblazer package. The special edition package marked the nameplate’s off-road roots, and would prove so popular that the Blazer would soon become known as the Trailblazer in 2002.
Alas, the Trailblazer and Blazer left this world long ago. To this day, we still hope Chevrolet has something up its sleeve to rival competitors from Jeep, and soon Ford. The Bronco’s coming back after all.