We’ve already told you what we expect from the future Chevy Blazer. And recently, we’ve come across a rather unique opportunity to compare Blazer spy shots to the second-generation GMC Acadia, which was introduced for the 2017 model year. The results confirm what we’ve heard and suspected all along: the 2019 Blazer will be derived from the second-gen Acadia, but its styling will differ greatly.
A side-by-side comparison of the the Blazer prototype and the second-gen Acadia, performed exclusively by GM Authority, reveals similar if not identical footprints – all but confirming that the Blazer will utilize the short wheelbase variant of the C1 platform introduced by the Acadia and Cadillac XT5. But there are specific and notable differences that we can see in the spy photos, despite the Blazer’s heavy camo. Follow along on our journey of compare-and-contrast.
1. Longer Front Overhang
Though it could simply be our eyes or the camo deceiving us, the Blazer appears to have a longer front overhang when compared to the Acadia. A longer front overhang is quite a strange differentiator, given that GM has lately been on a push to minimize overhangs in vehicles based on front-drive/transverse-powertrain architectures.
2. Rounded Wheel Wells
The spy shots clearly show the Blazer wearing rounded wheel wells, as opposed to the Acadia’s wells that are more beveled (squared off). The styling differences follow those of the all-new 2019 Silverado and 2019 Sierra: the former features totally round wells, while the latter feature more squared off units, albeit not entirely squared off. From there, the proportions of the hood and the angle of the A-pillar on the Blazer look identical to those of the Acadia.
3. Pedestal-Mounted Wing Mirrors
The Blazer is clearly wearing pedestal-style outside mirrors attached to the sheetmetal of the front door, while the Acadia makes use of more traditional mirrors mounted at the the forward-most point of the DLO (Day-Light Opening). The former is a newer design direction being adopted across the industry for its aerodynamic qualities.
4. Angular Styling
Here’s where things get a little more exciting: the Blazer has a different treatment of the upper-most portion of the A-pillar, right where it meets the roof. Whereas the same area on the Acadia is more round, that of the Blazer is more angular. In fact, sharp angles and creases appear to be a defining design characteristic of the new Blazer, with the angularity being visible on the heavily-camouflaged front end as well as the treatment of the C/D pillars (more on that in item 6).
5. Identical Underbody Shielding
And now for a tell-tale sign that the Blazer shares the exact same short-wheelbase C1 platform of the second-gen GMC Acadia: both the Blazer prototype and the GMC Acadia have the same dark underbody shielding, shaped exactly in the same way and located exactly in the same place. That’s no coincidence, and affirms expectations that the new Blazer will be a unibody crossover rather than a body-on-frame SUV.
6. Forward-Leaning C And D Pillars
One of the primary ways that the Blazer will be differentiated from the Acadia is its styling, and the treatment of the C and D pillars confirms just that. Though we can’t see much of this part of the Blazer thanks to the camo, we can clearly make out what is a forward-leaning C and D pillars. By comparison, both elements in the Acadia are styled in a more traditional upright/vertical shape.
7. Shorter Rear Overhang
Though the Blazer seems to feature a longer front overhang than the Acadia, the story doesn’t carry over to the rear: the Blazer’s rear overhang appears to be much shorter than that of the GMC. Obvious differences in styling of the rear result in a different exhaust treatment, with the Blazer featuring more traditional dual exhaust tips while the Acadia has trapezoidally-shaped exhaust outlets integrated into the rear bumper cover.
And there you have it: the upcoming Blazer will ride on the same C1 regular wheelbase platform as the second-generation GMC Acadia, while being differentiated by unique styling that will be significantly more angular than that of the Acadia. At this point, the only question in our minds is whether the model will actually be called Blazer.
For our complete expectations on the new Blazer, see our 2019 Chevy Blazer info page. We expect to see the Blazer revealed before the end of the 2018 calendar year, and go on sale either in late 2018 or early 2019.