It’s no secret that consumers are really into crossover and SUVs. Naturally, General Motors is looking to capitalize on this trend by offering a fuller-than-full lineup of Chevrolet utilities, with the newest addition being the new Blazer. The thoroughly modern crossover already has a lot going for it in terms of styling and design flair thanks to inspiration taken from the Camaro and Corvette… but what if it had a convertible edition? That’s exactly what we had drawn up here – a Chevrolet Blazer convertible.
Our logic behind this rendering exercise stems from this line of thinking: crossovers provide the utility and high driving position so many car buyers desire today. A Blazer convertible, meanwhile, can be for those who desire those qualities, plus an open-air driving experience. After all, there have to be at least a few buyers interested in a drop-top Blazer.
We say that because there is precedent here: from 2011 to 2014, Nissan infamously offered the Murano CrossCabriolet, a convertible version of the Murano midsize crossover, which is a direct rival to the new Blazer. The Murano CrossCab was hyper-focused on one type of buyer – female baby boomers, and, served as a halo vehicle of sorts, and also as a test to see if this level of consumer focus would move more units. It was priced from $41,995, which could serve as an indication for what a theoretical Blazer convertible would cost. Nissan sold… dozens… of them.
This theoretical Chevrolet Blazer convertible could use a power-folding soft top, with a tonneau starting behind the rear passenger area, taking up some cargo space when folded. The Blazer vert would still seat four, but the rear seats take a notable nosedive on the subject of practicality.
Style-wise, the imaginary Chevrolet Blazer convertible is faithful to the original, at least up front, carrying on the aggressive angular look. However, as wild as an all-wheel-drive family SUV convertible would be, it loses a bit in the looks department when compared to the actual, production-intent model. With the top dropped, the convertible loses much of the surface styling on the quarter panel design used on the Blazer, instead of having a flattened out profile to match the line of the folded top cover. Overall, it’s surprisingly inoffensive, especially considering the sharp reactions drawn by the aforementioned Nissan.
Would a hypothetical Chevrolet Blazer convertible sell any units? Would it be a feasible business endeavor? Who knows. For the time being, enjoy the renderings, and be sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Blazer news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.