We’re spending the week with the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer, Chevrolet’s latest two-row midsize crossover that’s positioned between the Equinox and the Traverse. The Blazer rides on the GM C1 platform shared with the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5, but thanks to a unique implementation of the architecture, it has a front track that’s 158 mm wider than that of those models. Proportionally, it’s about the same height as an Equinox but is as roughly as wide as a Traverse, with the length fitting squarely between those two models.
Three gasoline engines are offered: the naturally-aspirated 2.5L LCV I4 rated at 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, the turbo-charged 2.0L LSY I4 good for 230 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, or the naturally-aspirated 3.6L LGX V6 which cranks out 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. All engines are mated to the GM nine-speed automatic transmission, driving either the front or all four wheels.
The Blazer sold in North America has two rows of seating for a maximum of five occupants. By comparison, the Chinese market blazer gets the three-row Blazer variant.
Our test unit is the high-end Blazer RS. It has the V6 LGX engine and a twin-clutch all-wheel-drive system. Our model is painted in the optional Iridescent Pearl Tricoat ($995) color with Jet Black perforated leather interior, which comes standard on the RS model. Other highlights include:
- Black exterior accents, including black Chevy bowties, grille and lettering
- Red interior accents with RS badging
- Model-specific 20-inch wheels
- Gesture Power Liftgate
- Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus with Navigation and standard 8-inch diagonal color-touch screen
- Bose Premium Audio system
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Park Assist
Our Blazer is also fitted with the optional panoramic power sunroof ($1,565) for a final MSRP of $43,935. Starting price for a front-wheel-drive Blazer L (the base model), powered by the 2.5L LCV four-cylinder engine, is $29,995.
Due to its unibody construction and transverse engine configuration, this new Blazer is definitely not as capable off-road as its predecessors. Even so, it aims to fill an important niche for Chevrolet. The two-row midsize SUV segment is growing, with models like the Ford Edge, Honda Passport, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, plus the Kia Sorento and the new Toyota Venza, vying to win the sale.
The Blazer aims at taking them on by offering a more aggressive appearance and a sportier driving experience. From some angles, one might say that it resembles a Chevrolet Camaro while still offering the practicality expected of an
We will have the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer for a week, which will allow us to put it through the paces and determine just how it performs in the real world. So if you’d like to know more about this vehicle beyond the spec sheet, ask your questions in the comments section below, and we’ll reply in a timely manner as part of the GM Authority interactive review.
Also, please note that it might take us a day or two to get back to your with answers. With that said… ready…. set… go!