Rumors of a new Blazer being in the works have been confirmed with the debut of the 2019 Chevy Blazer today in Atlanta. However, unlike the old body-on-frame Blazer that last graced Chevrolet showrooms during the 2005 model year, the new model is built on a unibody structure shared with the GMC Acadia.
News of the unibody will likely disappoint some fans of the previous Blazer models, but the migration to the more compliant foundation from a full frame is hardly new among SUVs. The Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder have previously made the switch.
Instead of offering rugged off-road capabilities like the Jeep Wrangler, the new Blazer will instead cater to customers looking for a stylish and versatile five-passenger crossover SUV, which slots between the relatively bland-looking Equinox and three-row Traverse in the Chevrolet lineup. To make more of a visual statement, Blazer designers looked to the Camaro for a little inspiration giving the SUV a wide stance, tall hood, big grille and skinny headlights up front. A high beltline runs along the sides that lead back to the strong rear haunches.
For base-level Blazers, 18-inch wheels will be standard with 20-inchers available. The sporty RS and range-topping Premier will ride on 20-inch wheels or optional 21-inchers. Sleeker and meaner looks on the RS come courtesy of blacked-out exterior accents, while the Premier wears a tasteful amount of chrome for a more premium appearance.
The Camaro design cues continue in the cabin with a center stack that borrows heavily from the sports car with familiar climate controls for the dual-zone system and round air vents. Depending on trim level, different accent bits and colors will dress the interior with the RS getting red touches and the Premier offering a two-tone design theme withgalvanized chrome trim.
Other cabin features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, sliding rear seat, optional panoramic roof and hands-free power liftgate. When it comes to carrying stuff, the offers 64.2 cubic-feet of cargo space with the backseats folded down.
For tech, the latest Chevy MyLink system handles infotainment with an 8-inch touchscreen, Bose audio, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot and both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. There’s no shortage of smart device charge options, either, with entry-level Blazers featuring four USB outlets, while RS and Premier get six USB ports and come standard with a wireless charging pad. Available safety technologies include adaptive cruise control and rear camera mirror.