“We do not offer the option to disable Start/Stop on the 2019 Blazer,” confirmed Maureen Bender of Chevrolet Communications confirmed to GM Authority.
That means that owners can’t disable engine auto stop-start on either of the engine options in the 2019 Blazer, including the base 2.5L LCV four-cylinder and the 3.6L LGX V6. Both naturally-aspirated engines are mated to the new GM 9-speed automatic transmission.
The 2019 Blazer joins several other GM models that do not offer a way to disable engine auto stop-start, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Cadillac XT5, and GMC Acadia (with the 2.5L engine). Interestingly, Chevrolet added the ability to disable the feature for the 2019 Cruze, though the entire Cruze range will be discontinued in North America.
Engine auto stop-start was developed as a fuel-saving measure by automatically shutting off the engine when the vehicle has come to a complete stop. As soon as the driver begins to lift his/her foot off the brake pedal, the engine springs back to life.
Since its introduction years ago, the feature has come under heavy criticism by some owners for being clunky, not user-friendly, or otherwise unnverving. On models that don’t a button to disable auto stop-start, like the 2019 Blazer, a few hacks exist to temporarily prevent the system from shutting down the engine. However, none of the solutions are persistent.
It will be interesting to see whether the absence of a defeat button for the engine auto stop-start system will have a negative impact on Blazer sales and, if so, to what extent.
About Chevrolet Blazer
The Chevrolet Blazer is a mid-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV). It is currently Chevrolet's second-biggest CUV, slotting between the compact Chevrolet Equinox and full-size Chevrolet Traverse. The current model was introduced for the 2019 model year and represents the fifth generation of the Blazer nameplate, which dates back to 1969. The model rides on the regular-wheelbase variant of the GM C1 platform shared most directly with the second-gen GMC Acadia and first-gen Cadillac XT5. The long-wheelbase variant of the same platform is shared with the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, and Cadillac XT6.
The 2019 Blazer flaunts attention-grabbing exterior design, seamlessly integrated customer-focused technologies and superb functionality. Many of the exterior and interior design elements are borrowed from the sixth-generation Camaro.
The 2019 Blazer range consists of four trim levels, including the base L, three mid-tier Blazer trim levels (consisting of three LT trims), the sporty Blazer RS and the range-topping Blazer Premier trim. New technology offered on the 2019 Blazer includes capless fuel fill, HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, and a Cargo Management System.
The Chevrolet Blazer is built at the GM Ramos Plant by GM Mexico.
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