While Chevrolet has let its lineup languish in some international markets, the Detroit-based automaker is bolstering its lineup in the Middle East. Following the launch of the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu and Camaro, the 2019 Blazer will begin arriving at dealerships across the Middle East next month.
The Blazer destined for Middle East customers will be pretty much identical to the model currently sold in the U.S. Under the hood is either the base 2.5L LCV I4 or the optional 3.6L LGX V6 engines, the same powerplants offered in North America. The four-cylinder produces 193 horsepower, while the V6 makes 305 horsepower. Both engines come equipped with auto stop-start technology, without an off switch.
Just like the U.S.-market Blazer, the 2019 Blazer for the Middle East pairs both engines with the GM Hydra-Matic nine-speed gearbox. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive is an option. RS and Premier models receive a twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system.
Inside, the similarities between the U.S. and Middle East Blazer continue. Chevrolet Infotainment 3 is standard across the model range, pairing the system with an eight-inch HD touchscreen. Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist, Forward Collision Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Pedestrian Braking, and Following Distance Indicator are available on select 2019 Blazer trims.
The Chevrolet Blazer wears Camaro-inspired styling, with base models riding on 18-inch alloy wheels while 20- and 21-inch designs are available for higher trims. Up front, the 2019 Blazer features the honeycomb grille flanked by thin-slit daytime running lights with Chevrolet’s signature LED accents.
No word yet on trims or prices, but we would be surprised if they were any different from the 2019 Blazer trim levels offered in the U.S.
The 2019 Blazer, complete with its aggressive styling and athletic driving characteristics, arrives at Middle East dealerships in June. The midsize crossover SUV will be imported into the Middle East from the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico.
The addition of the 2019 Blazer expands Chevrolet’s already-robust lineup in the Middle East, which currently includes the Silverado in 1500 and HD variants, Trax, Equinox, body-on-frame Trailblazer, Traverse, Tahoe, and Suburban. The automaker also markets the Camaro, Corvette, Tahoe, the Bolt EV, Spark, Aveo, Malibu, and Impala.