Having launched for the 2019 model year, the reborn Chevy Blazer is about to enter its third year of production. A lot has been said about the model, but one rather interesting design detail appears to have gone unnoticed.
Look closely at the bar separating the crossover’s thin upper and larger lower grilles, and you’ll see a stingray-shaped element just below the upper headlamp. That element is in the shape of a stingray, and appears to be a subtle nod to the vaunted Corvette Stingray.
It’s unclear whether the Stingray shape is intentional or simply an accidental by-product of a natural design process, but it’s definitely a neat touch nonetheless. If it is, in fact, intentional, then we must commend Chevy designers for hiding the mighty Corvette Stingray logo in plain sight.
From the onset, GM has made it very clear that the design of the new Chevy Blazer is inspired by the Camaro. However, there are a few elements that are inspired by the Corvette. For instance, the shape and black coating of the A-pillar are very similar to those in the Corvette C7, while the Camaro’s A-pillar treatment is entirely different.
2019 marked the first complete year that the new Chevy Blazer has been on sale. During this time, the Bow Tie brand moved 58,115 units of the midsize crossover SUV. Having recorded 41,870 sales during the first six months of 2020, Blazer is on track to roughly double those figures this year.
The Chevy Blazer is a mid-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV). It’s currently the brand’s second-largest crossover, slotting between the compact Chevrolet Equinox and full-size Chevrolet Traverse. The current model was introduced for the 2019 model year and represents the fifth generation of the Blazer nameplate, which dates back to 1969.
The model rides on the regular-wheelbase version of the GM C1 platform shared with various other GM mid-size and full-size crossover, including the second-gen GMC Acadia, first-gen Cadillac XT5 and XT6. The long-wheelbase variant of the same platform is shared with the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave. In China, the Blazer features a slightly different rear-end configuration to enable the addition of a third row. The Chinese-market model also has the same subtle stingray in the grille.