Some outlets are reporting that a Chevy Blazer SS is on its way. In fact, reports are beginning to swirl that, according to “sources”, the Blazer SS will be revealed at the upcoming 2019 New York International Auto Show, complete with an introduction date of April 17th.
But wait, that’s not all: these reports, which have even been picked up by some GM dealers, include powertrain details. Reportedly, the alleged high-performance midsize crossover will be powered GM’s Twin-Turbo 3.0L V6, which currently makes 404 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque in the Cadillac CT6. The boosted six will supposedly be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission sending power to the ground via an AWD system. There will, reportedly, also be “sporty” modifications to the body, 21-inch wheels, “sporty” suspension tuning for “better handling”, and upgraded brakes. The alleged Blazer SS will finally give Chevy an answer to the Ford Edge ST. Sounds pretty great, right? Right. But there is only one problem.
None of that is true.
In fact, everything you read above is so far off the mark, that it’s almost as bad as saying that the earth is flat.
Now, we know how and where this rumor started, but we’ll take the high road and avoid pointing fingers… though a simple web search should return search results that will give you an idea of how this insane gossip began.
Third, the bit about this alleged Blazer SS using a 10-speed automatic transmission adds Swiss Cheese-like holes to the entire Blazer SS scuttlebutt. The reality is that the 2019 Blazer cannot accommodate the new GM 10-speed, regardless of model, trim level, configuration, or engine. That’s because the GM 10LXX 10-speed is engineered for vehicles based on rear-drive GM platforms with a longitudinal engine orientation. Meanwhile, the new Blazer rides on GM’s C1 platform – a front-drive platform with a transversely situated powertrain. As such, it simply can’t fit the 10-speed, instead sticking to the automaker’s new 9-speed transaxle.
And when it comes to the inside line, we have not heard of any plans to increase production of the Twin-Turbo 3.0L V-6 LGW engine at the GM Romulus plant where the boosted six is currently made. We also have not heard about any plans for a high-performance variant of the new C1 platform.
So unless the rumored Blazer SS is GM’s best-kept secret, something we sincerely doubt given that the automaker has a really hard time keeping almost anything secret about the mid-engine Corvette C8 along with almost all upcoming models, we can say with full confidence that a Chevy Blazer SS is a figment of someone’s wild imagination that will not translate to reality… at least not for this generation of the all-new Blazer.