Back in June, GM Authority reported that the 2022 Chevy Blazer will begin production on August 9th at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico. We have since learned that this timeframe has changed, and that the Start of Regular Production (SORP) for the 2022 Blazer will now be September 6th.
The change comes as a result of Chevy Blazer production being idled on August 23rd, while also marking the end of production of the 2021 model year. The circumstance has caused Blazer inventory to plummet to just eight days of supply as of the first week of August, as GM Authority exclusively reported. A two-week delay in producing the 2022 model year will only make it harder for buyers to find a new Blazer at Chevy dealers.
In addition to the Chevy Blazer, the Chevy Equinox production at the Ramos plant will be idled for two weeks. As of this writing, production of the compact crossover is set to resume on September 20th.
Blazer and Equinox production delays are only part of a wide range of new production hiccups stemming from the ongoing global semiconductor shortage.
The chip shortage has affected the entirety of the auto industry, with a wide range of production stoppages and dwindling inventories. GM is combating the shortage via several strategies, including prioritizing its most in-demand vehicles (namely its full-size trucks and SUVs), as well as deleting certain features, such as Active Fuel Management (AFM) and Dynamic Fuel Management (DFM).
A lack of ample Chevy Blazer supply has resulted in a marked drop in sales volume, with the midsize crossover posting a five percent decline during the first six months of 2021. Segment share, as a result, has decreased from five to four percent.
Sales Numbers - Midsize & Full-Size Mainstream Crossovers - H1 2021 - United States
|MODEL||YTD 21 / YTD 20||YTD 21||YTD 20||YTD 21 SHARE||YTD 20 SHARE|
|JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE||+11.94%||107,924||96,409||10%||11%|
|HYUNDAI SANTA FE||+45.32%||63,110||43,429||6%||5%|
The Chevy Blazer is in the minority of Chevrolet models which sold in lower numbers in the first half of 2021 (39,855 units) than during the same period of 2020 (41,870 units), despite being in high demand.
For the 2022 model year, the Blazer will receive several minor changes. The most noteworthy of these include the addition of two new exterior colors and standard Chevy Safety Assist, plus the deletion of the L and 1LT trim levels as well as the base 2.5L LCV I-4 engine. The crossover is expected to receive a refresh for the 2023 model year.