2023 Chevy Blazer Gets Separate Convenience And Driver Confidence Packages4
GM unveiled the refreshed 2023 Chevy Blazer back in February, debuting several updates to the crossover’s exterior and interior. Now, GM Authority has learned that the 2023 Chevy Blazer will offer the new Convenience Package and the new Driver Confidence Package.
Although these two packages are new for the 2023 model year, they in fact split the content previously included with the Convenience and Driver Confidence Package offered for the 2022 Chevy Blazer. The 2022 Blazer’s Convenience and Driver Confidence Package was tagged with RPO code ZL5, priced at $1,845, and was available for the 2022 Chevy Blazer 2LT trim level.
Now, the content from the 2022 Blazer’s Convenience and Driver Confidence Package has been split into two packages for the 2023 Chevy Blazer. These new packages include the Convenience Package, which is tagged with RPO code ZL3 and priced at $1,275. Content for the new Convenience Package includes (relevant RPO codes listed in parentheses):
- Adaptive Cruise Control (KSG)
- Driver and front passenger heated seats (KA1)
- Universal Home Remote (UG1)
- Wireless Charging (K4C)
- Power programmable liftgate (TB5)
- Black roof-mounted side rails (V59)
- Enhanced Automatic Emergency Braking (UGN)
- Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror (DD8)
The rest of the content is offered with the new Driver Confidence Package, which is tagged with RPO code WPA and priced at $570. Content for the new Driver Confidence Package includes:
- Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert (UKC)
- Rear Park Assist (UD7)
- Rear Cross Traffic Alert (UFG)
As was the case for the Convenience and Driver Confidence Package available for the 2022 Chevy Blazer, the new Convenience Package and the new Driver Confidence Package offered for the 2023 Chevy Blazer are optional for the 2LT trim level, while all of the content remains standard for 3LT, RS, and Premier trim levels. Notably, there’s no pricing difference when opting for all of the content offered with both packages. The most important difference now is that shoppers won’t be required to purchase additional content in order to obtain the active safety features included with the new Driver Confidence Package.
The 2023 Chevy Blazer is available with two engine options, including the turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine, and the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX gasoline engine. Under the skin is the GM C1 platform, while production takes place at the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico.
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And the same 2022 mistakes remain. No leather wheel/shifter even available on the 2LT trim levels. No V6 on that same trim level either. So buyers that want clothes seats are being penalized on engine choice and a cheap plastic urethane steering wheel even on examples costing into the low 40K range. Note that a leather wheel and shifter were std even on the cheapest 29995 Blazer just a few short years ago.
It’s also backward, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert (UKC) can be had only if you choose the full package. So, you will be forced to choose adaptive cruise control even if you don’t need it just to have a basic safety stuff like side blind alert.
They should simply make all those safety features, and the adaptive cruise control, standard across all trims, as Toyota has done. Might help them close the sales deficit they have against the Japanese.
GM continues to score the same own goal. Why adaptive cruise control (ACC) isn’t a standard feature across their entire product stack is inexplicable to me. GM is one of 20 manufacturers who, several years ago, agreed to include automatic emergency braking across the entirety of their product line by the 2022 model year.
Any vehicle with AEB and an electronically controlled engine throttle contains all the hardware needed to implement adaptive cruise control, where the car automatically adjusts its speed to maintain following distance to the vehicle ahead of it. Tellingly, it is a feature Toyota Includes as standard, in the entirety of their product stack. Hiding the feature that is basically software-only, in an option package puts the vehicle at a competitive disadvantage in the segment.