Earlier this week, GM Authority was first to discover that Chevy’s upcoming 2019 Blazer will be offered in four trim levels. Today, we’ve uncovered complete details surrounding the 2019 Blazer drivetrain. Let’s dig in.
Chevy already told us back at the Blazer’s reveal in June that the new midsize crossover will launch with two engines, a 2.5L four-cylinder and a 3.6L six. But we’ve now come to find out that the motor will be none other than these two familiar units:
- 2.5L LCV naturally-aspirated I4 rated at 193 horsepower (144 kW) and 188 pound-feet (255 Nm) of torque
- 3.6L LGX naturally-aspirated V6 rated at 305 horsepower (227 kW) and 269 pound-feet (365 Nm) of torque
Notably, the Blazer will continue using the LGX, much like its direct platform mates – the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5. A notable difference is that the larger Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave, which also ride on the extended-length variant of the same C1 platform, offer the LFY engine based on the last-generation GM V6 architecture.
Regardless of model, the 2019 Blazer drivetrain will feature the new GM 9-speed automatic transmission. But the capability rating of that transmission varies depending on the engine.
FWD & Two AWD Systems
Front-wheel-drive (FWD) is standard on the 2019 Blazer, while all-wheel-drive is optional. But just like the GMC Acadia, the new Blazer offers two specific AWD systems that were not created equal.
Available on the mid-range Blazer 2LT and Blazer 3LT is the standard all-wheel-drive system with Traction Select, which allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, enabling drivers to opt to have their vehicle operate in either AWD mode or in front-drive mode when AWD traction is not necessary.
The up-level Blazer RS and Blazer Premier offer a more sophisticated twin-clutch AWD system that optimizes traction for every condition. The system has a rear torque bias and is capable of sending power each rear wheel, as needed, giving the vehicle a more natural and engaging feel.
Two axles are offered:
- 3.80 final drive axle ratio for models with the 2.5L I4 engine, and
- 3.49 final drive axle ratio for models with the 3.6L V6 engine
Hill Start Assist
Hill Start Assist, which automatically holds the brakes for about two seconds when the vehicle is on an incline, is a standard feature of the 2019 Blazer drivetrain, regardless of model or trim level.
About 2019 Blazer
Chevrolet re-introduced the Blazer name for the 2019 model year as an all-new crossover utility vehicle (CUV). Based on the regular wheelbase version of the GM C1 platform shared with the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5, the 2019 Blazer is a midsize crossover that slots between the compact Chevy Equinox and full-size Chevy Traverse.
The 2019 Blazer flaunts attention-grabbing design, seamlessly integrated customer-focused technologies and superb functionality, with the model range including the sporty Blazer RS and Blazer Premier trims. The new technology offered on the 2019 Blazer includes capless fuel fill, standard HID headlights, LED daytime running lights, a Cargo Management System, and much more.
The midsize crossover will be made at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant and goes on sale in the spring of 2019, slotting between the compact Equinox and full-size Traverse.
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