At the beginning of October 2022, Chevy Blazer national supply was at 13 days, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with GM’s inventory situation. By comparison, it was at just nine days in March, a mere 11 days this past December, and a scant five days in November 2021.
Supply of the midsize crossover has been low for most of the past two years. As far back as September 2020, nationwide Blazer supply at Chevrolet dealerships across the U.S. was running at 28 days. The figure was the same in January 2021. By the end of February 2021, supply had increased slightly to 31 days. Two months later, it had dropped again to just 16 days before falling to 12 days as of the beginning of July, and to eight days as of the first week of August. The optimal figure for the U.S. auto industry is 60 days.
The continuing drop in inventory suggests a considerable excess of demand over supply for the Chevy Blazer. This can often be explained by the various ongoing parts and material shortages, headlined by the ongoing global semiconductor microchip shortage. That has impacted vehicle production at auto plants around the world, including the GM Ramos Arizpe plant in Mexico where the Blazer is produced. In fact, Blazer production for the 2023 model year was delayed three weeks, but finally kicked off on August 1st, 2022.
Limited inventory of the Chevy Blazer continues to negatively impact sales. In a crowded midsize and full-size mainstream crossover segment comprised of 21 entries, Chevy Blazer sales for the second quarter of 2022 placed 14th. Blazer sales were down 31 percent to 14,296 units, maintaining just a three percent segment share.
Sales Numbers - Midsize & Full-Size Mainstream Crossovers - Q2 2022 - USA
|MODEL||Q2 22 / Q2 21||Q2 22||Q2 21||Q2 22 SHARE||Q2 21 SHARE||YTD 22 / YTD 21||YTD 22||YTD 21|
|JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE||+12.38%||59,252||52,726||13%||9%||+24.50%||134,369||107,924|
|HYUNDAI SANTA FE||-6.45%||32,313||34,540||7%||6%||-8.26%||57,895||63,110|
In February GM revealed the refreshed 2023 Chevy Blazer. Outside, the updated crossover receives a restyled front fascia with a new bumper, revised LED headlights and daytime running lights along with a revised grille, plus a new taillight design.
Inside, the refreshed Blazer features an all-new 10-inch diagonal infotainment screen as standard across all trim levels. A new wireless phone charger is also now available as an option across all trim levels and is standard on the range-topping RS and Premier trims. And as is now the case for nearly all Chevy models, a three-year Remote Access plan comes standard.
Chevy has also made some minor changes to the Blazer’s active safety tech. For the 2023 model year, Adaptive Cruise Control availability expands to the 2LT and 3LT trim levels. The Chevy Safety Assist package becomes standard, bringing popular active safety features such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Following Distance Indicator, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and IntelliBeam automatic high beams.
GM’s turbocharged 2.0L I4 LSY gasoline engine remains standard on the 2023 Blazer 2LT, 3LT, and Premier, producing 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LGX gasoline engine, meanwhile, is standard on the RS trim level and is available as an option on the 3LT and Premier. The LGX V6 is rated at 308 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Both of these engines are paired with the GM nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive is standard and all-wheel-drive is optional.