General Motors will build the 2019 Blazer in Mexico, the automaker has confirmed.
Production of the resurrected Chevrolet Blazer will begin later in 2018 at GM Ramos Arizpe plant in the state of Coahuila operated by GM Mexico. The facility currently builds the Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Sonic as well as V6 DOHC and V8 OHV engines.
A GM spokesperson stated that the automaker made the decision to manufacture the 2019 Blazer in Mexico rather than in the U.S. due to the U.S. facility capable of building a midsize SUV – the GM Spring Hill plant in Tennessee – running three shifts and being at full capacity.
The all-new Blazer, which is a midsize crossover based on the same on the same architecture – the GM C1 platform – as the second-generation GMC Acadia and first-gen Cadillac XT5, will arrive across U.S. dealerships early next year. The last time a vehicle called the Blazer was sold in the U.S. was 14 years ago, and the all-new model will have very little in common with its predecessors, since the new vehicle is a two-row crossover that’s based on a unibody car platform, making it more car than SUV and creating the term “crossover”. By comparison, previous Blazers utilized body-on-frame construction used in pickup trucks and SUVs. The setup enabled prior Blazers to have rather significant prowess off road, which the new model will not enjoy.
The all-new 2019 Blazer, which slots between the compact Chevy Equinox and the full-size Chevy Traverse, will compete with the Ford Edge, Nissan Murano, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Pricing for the new model has not yet been announced.