New spy shots confirm what we already knew: Chevrolet will attach the Blazer nameplate to a front-wheel-drive architecture (fear not: all-wheel-drive will be optional). The upcoming mid-size crossover was spotted testing alongside a Nissan Murano and Ford Edge – the two primary crossovers that the Blazer will battle when it reaches the market.
The spy shots also seem to show two trim levels of Blazer: one with relatively pedestrian bits, and one with more blingy bits. The more mundane prototype wore smaller wheels and circular exhaust tips, while the other wore flashier wheels and angular exhaust tips integrated into the rear fascia’s valance.
The 2018 Chevrolet Blazer (or 2019 Blazer) will slot in-between the recently downsized 2018 Chevrolet Equinox, and the upsized 2018 Chevrolet Traverse. The strategy was intentional to make room for this mid-size Blazer, enabling Chevy to tackle Ford’s Escape, Edge and Explorer trio more effectively.
The prototypes were reportedly powered by General Motors’ 2.5-liter four-cylinder (LCV) engine and 3.6-liter V6 engine (LGX). Both engines are also offered in the 2017 GMC Acadia, with which the Blazer will share GM’s C1 platform. We’ve rendered what the 2019 Blazer could look like before, which you can see above and below.
Chevrolet’s new mid-size crossover is widely expected to be revealed sometime in 2018 and go on sale the same year as a 2019 model.
Spy shots: Automotive News