The 2022 Chevy Blazer crossover will go into production on August 9th of this year, GM Authority has learned.
In the form sold in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Colombia and the Middle East, the Chevy Blazer is built at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico, which recently celebrated 40 years of operations. A three-row, seven-seat version for the Chinese market is built at GM-Cadillac Jinqiao in Shanghai.
GM Ramos Arizpe has had its share of troubles in the past year, most recently due to the global semiconductor shortage.
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This has in turn affected U.S. sales of the Chevy Blazer, which were down 13 percent in Q1 of 2021 compared with the same period in 2020. It dropped from sixth to eighth place in the Chevrolet sales rankings, though this was partly due to the introduction of the very popular Chevy Trailblazer.
Furthermore, on-the-ground inventory supply at U.S. Chevrolet dealers dropped to just 19 days by the end of April, well below the 60 days considered optimal for the nation’s auto industry. This suggests that there is still a strong demand for the Blazer, which GM Ramos Arizpe has been unable to satisfy due to its difficulties.
The vehicle will enter its fourth model year with only minor revisions over the 2021 Chevy Blazer. These include removing the base L and second-tier 1LT trim levels from the line-up, discontinuing the cargo floor rail system (RPO code RAE) and deleting the Bright Blue Metallic (paint code GLT) and Midnight Blue Metallic (GLU) exterior colors, though these will be replaced by two yet-to-be-announced hues.
On the plus side, the 2022 Chevy Blazer will be fitted as standard with Chevy Safety Assist, and will be offered with a black two-tone roof option.
As before, the 2022 Blazer will be available with the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY engine, which makes 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, and the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 GLX, rated at 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Both are paired with GM’s nine-speed automatic transmission.
Models fitted with the 2.0L I4 LSY engine will have a substantially increased towing capacity of 3,500 pounds, thanks to the standard fitment of the V92 trailering package. As GM Authority correctly predicted in March of this year, the 2.5L I4 LCV engine will no longer be included in the range.