Like any automaker or company, General Motors is constantly looking for opportunities in new market segments, and planning new vehicles accordingly. In GM Authority‘s view, one such opportunity involves a Chevy Blazer Activ.
Chevrolet has been rolling out the Activ moniker across several models to represent an outdoorsy, off-road “light” offering. Activ models might look like off-roaders, but they don’t have much in the way of actual off-road capability. The Chevy Trailblazer Activ is perhaps a perfect embodiment of the Activ approach. It does not dominate Trailblazer sales, but it does account for a healthy 10 percent of them. Out hypothetical Blazer Activ would follow in the path set out by the Trailblazer Activ.
GM Authority has given this subject some thought before now, publishing two renderings of what a proposed Chevy Blazer Activ could look like in September. We imagined the ruggedized crossover to have black five-spoke wheels, chunky all-terrain rubber and black detailing. The model would be powered by either the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY or the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX gasoline engine. All-wheel-drive with torque-vectoring would be standard.
In our rendering, we went for quite an aggressive look, but if a Chevy Blazer Activ does come to market, it would likely have a slightly different front end that would allow for a better approach angle (much like the aforementioned Trailblazer Activ). Since it would not be possible to change the unibody construction for the body-on-frame underpinnings of previous Blazers, this would not be a true off-road vehicle, but it would certainly look the part.
In fact, the blueprint for a hypothetical Blazer Activ already exists in another GM product – the GMC Acadia AT4, which offers an off-road appearance without significantly more off-road capability. Key features of the Acadia AT4 include a grille, badging and black chrome exterior accents. An active torque control AWD system that optimizes traction for every condition is present and accounted for. But the feature that’s arguably most noteworthy in the Acadia AT4 are the unique 17-inch gloss black wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires.
The Blazer Activ can offer similar styling enhancements as the Acadia AT4, including a set of unique wheels with beefy all-terrain tires, a capable AWD system, plus a unique front fascia like the Trailblazer Activ. With customer demand on the rise for crossovers, including those that look rugged, this one – to us – seems like a no-brainer. In fact, we could see every Chevrolet crossover getting the Activ treatment at some point in the future, but that’s a story for another time.