The Chevrolet Blazer nameplate was reintroduced for the 2019 model year, launching as an all-new midsize crossover utility vehicle (CUV). In addition to new customer-focused technology, excellent functionality, and a head-turning design, the 2019 Chevy Blazer came standard with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, as did the following 2020 model year vehicle. Now, GM Authority has learned that the upcoming 2021 Blazer will no longer offer a leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard across the line.
According to our sources, the 2021 Blazer will not come with a leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard on L, 1LT, or 2LT trim levels. Rather, these three trims will instead come with a urethane steering wheel as standard.
Meanwhile, higher trims of the 2021 Blazer, which include the 3LT, RS, and Premier, will continue to offer a leather-wrapped steering wheel as standard.
Check out a complete breakdown of the standard steering wheel material for all model years of the latest-generation Chevrolet Blazer in the table below:
While GM Authority has not confirmed the motivation behind changes to the steering wheel material for the 2021 Blazer, it’s possible that the move could be a cost-cutting measure intended to make up for the bevy of active safety features now included as standard on the latest model. Check out our exclusive coverage of this for a complete breakdown of the safety features and their availability, as well as a comparison to the previous 2020 model year Blazer.
Other noteworthy features for 2021 Blazer include the addition of a new optional tow package for FWD vehicles. The new package will increase towing capacity for FWD Blazer models equipped with the 3.6L V6 LGX engine, and will come with a more robust cooling system. The new towing package will increase towing capacity for FWD-equipped 2021 Blazer models to 4,500 pounds, matching the rating for AWD models.
Is the deletion of a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel from the lower 2021 Blazer trims a dealbreaker? Do the new safety features make up for it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Blazer news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.