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    Chevrolet Brings Back the Blazer As A Crossover

      Not your father's blazer


    Guys, the Blazer is coming back!

    Hooray!

    Its going to be a crossover that slots between the Equinox and Traverse.

    *Blank looks from the crowd*

    I'm sure there are some that were hoping that the Blazer nameplate would return on something similar to body-on-frame Trailblazer/Blazer sold in various parts of the world. But if you have been keeping a close eye on Cheers & Gears for the past year or so, then you would know Chevrolet has been working on a crossover to fill in the white space between the Equinox and Traverse possibly named Blazer. Tonight in Atlanta, Chevrolet pulled the curtain back on their new midsize crossover.

    The Blazer looks to be a mashup of Camaro and the Nissan Murano crossover. There is a large grille, slim HID headlights, a rising window line that leads to a blacked-out d-pillar, and a sharply raked tailgate. Like the Traverse, the Blazer will have a RS model complete with blacked-out trim and 20-inch wheels. We find the Blazer RS to be a bit too much.

    Inside, Chevrolet's designers appeared to have lifted the dash from the Camaro and dropped it in the Blazer. While stylish and driver-centric, it does also introduce some usability issues - see the small and crowded row of buttons for the climate control system as an example. The Blazer will debut Chevrolet's first Cargo Management System that uses rail system and cargo fence to split up the cargo area help secure cargo. All Blazers will get an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, wireless charging, six USB ports, and 4G LTE connectivity.

    Powertrains mirrors what you'll find on the GMC Acadia. This means a 2.5L four-cylinder with 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque, and a optional 3.6L V6 offering up 305 hp and 269 pound-feet. Both engines come with a stop-start system and a nine-speed automatic. Standard on all models is Traction Select that allows the driver to make adjustments to the vehicle's driving mode to account for different conditions. On all-wheel drive models, Traction Select can disconnect the rear axle when AWD capability is not needed. RS and Premier get a more sophisticated twin-clutch AWD system.

    Chevrolet says the Blazer will arrive at dealers in early 2019.

    Source: Chevrolet


    Bold Design Defines 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

    • Attention-grabbing midsize SUV offers style and versatility

    ATLANTA — Chevrolet is raising the bar on crossover design with the introduction of the 2019 Blazer as the newest member of the industry’s broadest, freshest crossover and SUV lineup since 2015. The all-new contemporary midsize SUV is rooted in attention-grabbing design with seamlessly integrated customer-focused technologies and superb functionality.

    “Chevrolet has been at the forefront of each of the major automotive industry trends by anticipating consumer demand and delivering innovative products like Bolt EV, Colorado and Trax,” said Alan Batey, president of GM North America and head of Global Chevrolet. “The introduction of the all-new Blazer builds on that momentum and further strengthens the most comprehensive lineup of crossovers and SUVs on the market today.”

    Slotting between the Equinox and Traverse, the 2019 Blazer will offer unique design elements on each model, appealing to customers seeking distinctive styling and outstanding utility.

    Highlights include:

    • Bold styling that features a strong grille and muscular proportions.
    • Driver-centric interior and distinctive looks on all models.
    • Model range includes sporty RS and up-level Premier models.
    • Five-passenger seating with up to 64.2 cubic feet (1,818 L) of max cargo space with second-row seats folded flat.
    • Adjustable sliding rear seat.
    • Available Chevy-first cargo management system with a rail system and cargo fence.
    • Available panoramic dual-pane power sunroof.
    • Suite of available active safety features.
    • Standard 2.5L I-4 and available 3.6L V-6 engines, each backed by a nine-speed automatic transmission.
    • Advanced twin-clutch AWD system available.
    • 4,500 pounds (2,041 kg) estimated max trailering with the available 3.6L V-61.
    • Available Hitch View feature that helps the driver align the hitch with the trailer.

    An SUV With Attitude
    The 2019 Blazer is the boldest, most progressive expression of the Chevrolet crossover design theme. A wide stance, tight proportions, a high beltline and dramatic sculpting give it a toned, athletic appearance from all angles.

    “The Blazer has attitude,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. “It looks commanding on the road, while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV.” 

    Each model in the lineup offers a unique look with distinct styling to suit different customers’ tastes, including unique grille appearances, additional bright chrome on the Premier trim and a more sinister-looking, blacked-out appearance for the Blazer RS.

    A powerful front end featuring a strong grille, athletic hood lines and low-placed HID headlamps distinguishes all models. The design also features a distinctive lighting execution that separates the headlamps and LED daytime running lamps.

    Long, lean and sculpted body sides lead to a rear end highlighted by LED-illuminated Chevy-signature dual-element taillamps, dual exhaust outlets and an integrated tailgate spoiler. The Blazer also offers a range of stylish wheels, starting with standard 18-inch aluminum rims and expanding to available 21-inch wheels on the RS and Premier.

    The Blazer’s cabin echoes the bold exterior theme with sporty good looks. The design emphasizes space, craftsmanship and customer personalization, with a wide range of interior styling choices for the different models, achieved through several color and trim choices. Sporty details include a padded knee area, round air vents and grab handles on the doors.

    The new Blazer also offers a Chevrolet-first Cargo Management System, standard on RS and Premier models. It features a rail system and cargo fence to help secure smaller items by dividing the cargo area.

    Seamless Technology and Connectivity
    The 2019 Blazer is designed to offer occupants seamless connectivity, intuitive controls and a host of convenience features that help make the drive more comfortable.

    Features include:

    • Hitch Guidance — Available on models with the 3.6L engine, it aids in aligning the Blazer’s hitch to a trailer by showing the center line on the rear-vision camera.
    • Hitch View — This available feature complements Hitch Guidance by showing a top-down view, making it easier to hitch a trailer without a second person to assist.
    • Electronic-locking glove box — A Chevy first, it offers added storage security, and is roomy enough to fit a small handbag. The glove box is locked with the vehicle’s Valet Mode, which is accessible through the Settings menu.
    • Automatic heated steering wheel and automatic heated/ventilated front seats — These available features work with Remote Start and/or automatic climate control to automatically adjust temperature to help maintain comfort.
    • Comfort-open windows — Activated by the key fob, this feature allows all windows to roll down to help heat escape before occupants enter the vehicle.
    • Heated outboard rear seats are available on RS and standard on Premier.
    • Adaptive Cruise Control and Rear Camera Mirror are available on RS and Premier2.
    • Hands-free power liftgate with Bowtie logo projection is standard on RS and Premier.
    • Wireless charging and six USB ports are available.
    • When it comes to connectivity, an 8-inch-diagonal color touchscreen running Chevrolet Infotainment 3 is standard, along with 4G LTE Wi-Fi (with 1-month/3GB data trial)3 and Apple CarPlay4 and Android Auto5 compatibility.

    Performance and Capability
    The new Blazer is powered by a standard 2.5L I-4 engine rated at 193 hp (143 kW) and 188 lb-ft of torque (255 Nm). A 3.6L V-6 is also available, offering 305 hp (227 kW) and 269 lb-ft of torque (365 Nm).

    Both direct-injected engines feature intelligent stop/start technology that seamlessly shuts off the engine when power is not needed, based on a variety of driving factors, and both are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission.

    “The Chevrolet Blazer is more than just good looks,” said Waqar Hashim, Blazer chief engineer. “Both the Ecotec® 2.5L four-cylinder engine and 3.6L V-6 engine are paired to Chevrolet’s nine-speed automatic transmission, providing drivers a great balance between performance and efficiency.”

    Traction Select is standard on all models and allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode to account for varying road conditions. On AWD models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, meaning drivers can opt to have their vehicle operate in FWD when AWD capability is not necessary.

    RS and Premier models offer a more sophisticated twin-clutch AWD technology that helps optimize traction for every condition. It provides excellent performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, while also providing enhanced stability in dry weather.

    Available Early 2019
    The Chevrolet Blazer will arrive at U.S. dealerships in early 2019. Additional details and pricing will be announced closer to the start of production.

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    I feel like the front is overstyled. As someone that owned a Trailblazer with the i6, the interior is a massive improvement, the engine and transmission are way more advanced, and we pretty much knew it was going to be “another CUV”. Let the comparisons to the future Bronco commence! 


     

     
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    To me it seems like all the recent Chevrolets have an Asian look to them, the Equinox from the back looks lie a South Korean car, this looks like it could come from Nissan or Mazda.   It isn't bad looking, but it is just fort of forgettable right off the bat, the floating roof D-pillar is as played out as 4-door coupes.  Same engines as the Acadia already has so nothing really of excitement there.

    I also see a lot of this in the new Blazer grille and front end:

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    Well there you go @regfootball , the sporty GM crossover you were asking for.

    Me? I kinda like it, and I’m just glad there is the 3.6 liter instead of the 2.0T from the Traverse.

    Good tie in to Camaro too, I wonder if there is actually any parts sharing there or just in appearance. 

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    I really lke the style and look. As an existing owner of a Trailblazer SS, the interior is way better based on the pictures.

    I wonder if we can get them to either go with a EV or Volt Powertrain or at least an SS model with the V8. :P

    I will have to say this has similarity to the FNR-X that has the VOLT Powertrain that China will get.

    FNR-X

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    I see this being overstyled and ugly. Camaro cues on a crossover don’t work for me. Neither do Mustang cues on a future EV.

     

    Mazda makes fun to drive and somewhat sporty crossovers. Guess what??? 

     

    They don’t look anything like the Miata! 

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    Yeah- they pretty much do... but that's fine & understandable.

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    Unfortunately for my opinion, brands should be able to build models that don't HAVE top look like their other models with all the same 'cues'. Most don't, however.

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    3 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Well there you go @regfootball , the sporty GM crossover you were asking for.

    Me? I kinda like it, and I’m just glad there is the 3.6 liter instead of the 2.0T from the Traverse.

    Good tie in to Camaro too, I wonder if there is actually any parts sharing there or just in appearance. 

    Yeah. This wasn’t totally the form and shape I was thinking but nonetheless it is interestIng and distinctive and most importantly it should drag buts into the Chevy showrooms again. I love the swagger  

    I like that they chose the blazer name. 

    I like the concept of a dash similar to new Camaro but I think there is some miscues there with it.  More of my thoughts to address that later. 

    Is the 2.5 like the lacrosse with the mild hybrid?

    v6 was needed but I think the new design 2.0 from the xt4 would be a good choice on the base engine. All of a sudden, a new Chevy without a turbo option. 

    Wtf with that steering wheel. 

    Looks like nice trunk room  

    This may be what sticks a fork in the Impala  

    Even if this styling has a short shelf life we all should be glad this is coming to Chevy showrooms. Without something like this to feed a hot segment and drive new traffic Chevy may have been heading for the dustbin or at minimum being a truck only brand.  

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    To me the Equinox and Terrain look like they're too heavy for their springs, ya know?  This looks bad-ass though.  And since there is no pretense at off-road cred, it gains a stylistic and road stance freedom in its look.

    I can't wait to see the whole spectrum of trim levels and interior/exterior color palette.  They're saying there will be a wide selection of colors, we'll see.

    Sporty 2-row CUV that's not too small.  It's about time GM jumped into this niche.  Would have made a knock-out Pontiac Torrent.

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    5 hours ago, regfootball said:

    Yeah. This wasn’t totally the form and shape I was thinking but nonetheless it is interestIng and distinctive and most importantly it should drag buts into the Chevy showrooms again. I love the swagger  

    I like that they chose the blazer name. 

    I like the concept of a dash similar to new Camaro but I think there is some miscues there with it.  More of my thoughts to address that later. 

    Is the 2.5 like the lacrosse with the mild hybrid?

    v6 was needed but I think the new design 2.0 from the xt4 would be a good choice on the base engine. All of a sudden, a new Chevy without a turbo option. 

    Wtf with that steering wheel. 

    Looks like nice trunk room  

    This may be what sticks a fork in the Impala  

    Even if this styling has a short shelf life we all should be glad this is coming to Chevy showrooms. Without something like this to feed a hot segment and drive new traffic Chevy may have been heading for the dustbin or at minimum being a truck only brand.  

    No, the 2.5 is not the mild hybrid version. It's the basic 2.5 from the Acadia.

    I like that RS and Premier get the advanced AWD with Twin Clutch. That means they could, should they want to, build a TrailBlazer (Think Colorado TrailBoss) version credibly.

    After sleeping on it. I do think I really like it.

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    So the Blazer LT I am thinking will be the base FWD 4 banger appliance, the RS is sweet looking, love the blacked out look and Premier will be the chromed gody looking package me think. 

    Wonder were the SS version is and will it get the TT V6? 🤔

    I like @Drew Dowdell thinking of a credible Blazer Trailboss Edition. :smilewide:

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    11 minutes ago, dfelt said:

    So the Blazer LT I am thinking will be the base FWD 4 banger appliance, the RS is sweet looking, love the blacked out look and Premier will be the chromed gody looking package me think. 

    Wonder were the SS version is and will it get the TT V6? 🤔

    I like @Drew Dowdell thinking of a credible Blazer Trailboss Edition. :smilewide:

    Na, they'd have to use TrailBlazer. Just like they need to use Electra for any electric Buick.

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    2 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    No, the 2.5 is not the mild hybrid version. It's the basic 2.5 from the Acadia

    Why does the Acadia have a base 2.5 and the Traverse has a base 3.6? 

    The optional engine on the Traverse is the 2.0T and optional engine at GMC is the 3.6...? 

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    Just now, ccap41 said:

    Why does the Acadia have a base 2.5 and the Traverse has a base 3.6? 

    The optional engine on the Traverse is the 2.0T and optional engine at GMC is the 3.6...? 

    Size? weight? difference for difference sake? GM product planners don't talk to each other?

    Makes no sense to me either. The 2.5 is not a great choice for this vehicle or the Acadia.

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    The 2.5 is not a great choice for..either.. 

    Less than 200hp, less than 200tq. The Acadia probably can't get out of its own way. This will be better as it's smaller

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    14 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

     This will be better as it's smaller

    Not sure about that... sounds like the dimensions will be virtually identical to the Acadia from what I've read in other articles.

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    2 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    Because they have the Traverse.  

    Traverse is larger.  Different niche.      Traverse is the Enclave sized crossover,  Blazer will be the Acadia sized crossover. 

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    24 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Size? weight? difference for difference sake? GM product planners don't talk to each other?

    Makes no sense to me either. The 2.5 is not a great choice for this vehicle or the Acadia.

    I think option #3 is the most likely answer.

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    5 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    Traverse is larger.  Different niche.      Traverse is the Enclave sized crossover,  Blazer will be the Acadia sized crossover. 

    I didn't know Acadia and Traverse changed in sizes. I thought they were still twins. My baaaaad. 

    5 minutes ago, William Maley said:

    I think option #3 is the most likely answer.

    (that's number 4 on his list 😂

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    20 minutes ago, ccap41 said:

    I didn't know Acadia and Traverse changed in sizes. I thought they were still twins. My baaaaad. 

    Yeah, the 2nd gen Acadia downsized...maybe you missed all the posts where regfootball had a freakout about it..

    Here's a chart of how I see them all lining up, note there are gaps that may be filled with future models. 

    GM crossover chart

    brand  subcompact  compact  midsize   fullsize
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    chevy    Trax             Equinox      Blazer     Traverse
    gmc                           Terrain        Acadia
    buick    Encore         Envision                      Enclave
    cadillac                      XT4              XT5

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    5 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    Yeah, the 2nd gen Acadia downsized...you missed all the posts where regfootball had a freakout about it..

    Ya know I knew it downsized but I thought the Traverse did too. 

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    1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

    First glance instantly reminded me of the Lexus "predator" fascia like @smk4565 said. 

    But why the n/a 2.5???? If this is a JGC and  Edge competitor it's way behind on the engine lineup. 

    yeah using the boat anchor 2.5 in the engine mix is a disappointment.  Ford Edge has standard 2.0 twin scroll turbo.  2.5 should have been killed already.  Apparently they want to keep making them and amortize more cost out of it.  As i mentioned above, it's puzzling that Chevy has gone turbo crazy and then there is not a turbo option on this thing.  Makes no sense.

    1 hour ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    Same steering wheel as the Acadia.  Different center pad. 

    a very trucklike steering wheel in a Camaro-esque crossover.  That's why my wtf.

    another piece and part they didn't need to re-use.  the camaro touchscreen.  this would have been a great opportunity to put in a larger touchscreen arrangement.

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    1 hour ago, ccap41 said:

    The 2.5 is not a great choice for..either.. 

    Less than 200hp, less than 200tq. The Acadia probably can't get out of its own way. This will be better as it's smaller

    The 2.5 liter is the new 3800 V6, it is the solution to every cars and SUV powertrain need and will be on sale in 2025.  

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    I assume the 2.5 NA engine is cheaper to build than the 2.0 turbo.  Interestingly, the only midsize or larger GM CUV so far w/ the 2.0 is the XT5 in China.    Otherwise, it's only the compact CUVs using the 2.0T so far...

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    54 minutes ago, regfootball said:

    yeah using the boat anchor 2.5 in the engine mix is a disappointment.  Ford Edge has standard 2.0 twin scroll turbo.  2.5 should have been killed already.  Apparently they want to keep making them and amortize more cost out of it.  As i mentioned above, it's puzzling that Chevy has gone turbo crazy and then there is not a turbo option on this thing.  Makes no sense.

    Completely agree. It just seems really odd to use a n/a 4 banger in something this size.

    They're taking the Kia Sorento and Highlander approach offering a n/a 4 banger. They are offering more power & torque than those two. I think those are the only three offering those base engines. It seems weird to me. I think they could have done a 2.0T that they already have in-house and tune it for efficiency with something like 225hp and 250tq and it still leaves plenty of room for the upcharged 3.6 with 310hp/266tq... 

    46 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    The 2.5 liter is the new 3800 V6, it is the solution to every cars and SUV powertrain need and will be on sale in 2025.  

    The 3800 would be a better choice! 

    200hp 230tq would be almost perfect for a base engine. 

    20 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    I assume the 2.5 NA engine is cheaper to build than the 2.0 turbo.  Interestingly, the only midsize or larger GM CUV so far w/ the 2.0 is the XT5 in China.    Otherwise, it's only the compact CUVs using the 2.0T so far...

    The Traverse has the 2.0T as an option. 

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    2 hours ago, regfootball said:

      the camaro touchscreen.  this would have been a great opportunity to put in a larger touchscreen arrangement.

    Agree, I do have to wonder if the announcement on this auto was delayed as I would have thought they would have gone with a bigger display too.

    38 minutes ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    That's pretty f'ed up, if the Equinox and Traverse get the 2.0T but not the Blazer..

    One has to wonder if their might not be a short life on the 2.5 NA before killing it for the 2.0T. Maybe they figure a short model year to use up the left over 2.5 and then role out 6 months later at a couple hundred dollars more the 2.0T as the new mid year refresh as a base engine.

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    The 3800 would be a better choice?  How about the 3900 the Lucerne had between 2009-11, or the later model Impalas before that engine was replaced with the corporate 3.6?

    The 2.5 I4 is too weak to handle crossovers larger than an Encore.  GM should just put in the 2.0T in all larger crossovers that do not need a v6 and call it a day.  Why?  Torque, not horsepower, is the real key to good driving period.

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    There is nothing about this crossover that really makes sense to me other than it’s a crossover.

    Did they really want to throw practicality away so badly that they’d give this thing the same kind of terrible visibility you find in a Camaro? 

    Plus Chevy now has a Lexus predator grille equivalent. Dangerous precedent and it proves that Lexus has found that ugly and poor taste is really what the market looks for these days....

    I pray to GOD not to GM to save the Malibu and Cruze.

     

    Please don’t let these heathen crossovers destroy the Chevy models I have my faith in....

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    I can only assume this is optimized for front passenger comfort as the specified max cargo capacity with rear seats down is less than compacts like the CRV and RAV4.

     

     

     

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    5 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    The 2.5 is not a great choice for..either.. 

    Less than 200hp, less than 200tq. The Acadia probably can't get out of its own way. This will be better as it's smaller

    It's not fast, but it's not Encore slow either. With the 9 speed auto it will be okay for the target audience.

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    When you have the Buick Envision and Cadillac XT4 with a turbo 4, you have to give Chevy something less, so here you go, 2.5 liter.

    We also don't know what this vehicle weighs, so hard to say whether or not the 2.5 will be slow, although my guess is this thing will have craptastic performance with the base engine, and they'll want too much money for the V6.

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    This is the newest entry in this segment and it’s just a far better auto on looks and intended function. Priced less most likely, more space, and is lesser of or at most equal as ugly to boot.

     

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    13 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

    Kinetic Blue Blazer RS AWD 3.6L...   😍

    This is not you. I see you driving this and then being immediately disappointed. Really.

    This is the automotive equivalent of false advertising. 

    C’mon man Chevy has the balls to call this soft roader a new ‘standard’ for an ‘SUV’.

    I mean I get it, you hype your stuff, that’s what auto makes do. But alas...

    This turd is to be condemned for being so goddamn hollow and meaningless when it pretends to be something it isn’t.

    If they put the 2.7L four pot truck engine of doom that every V6 competitor should be scared of then it’ll make Chevy performance crossovers great not again, but great for the first time, like maybe ever. 

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    7 hours ago, dfelt said:

    Agree, I do have to wonder if the announcement on this auto was delayed as I would have thought they would have gone with a bigger display too.

    One has to wonder if their might not be a short life on the 2.5 NA before killing it for the 2.0T. Maybe they figure a short model year to use up the left over 2.5 and then role out 6 months later at a couple hundred dollars more the 2.0T as the new mid year refresh as a base engine.

    the all new 2.0t in the XT4 is probably exclusive to Cadillac for a bit.  then maybe it spreads to this?

    7 hours ago, Frisky Dingo said:

    A joke, and a disgrace to the Blazer nameplate.

    no one was pining for this crap anymore

     

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    32 minutes ago, Suaviloquent said:

    This is the newest entry in this segment and it’s just a far better auto on looks and intended function. Priced less most likely, more space, and is lesser of or at most equal as ugly to boot.

     

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    And planned 2.0t and 2.2 turbo diesel engine options to boot...

    Its cousin the 2019 Sorrento is pretty nice from what I've read and watched too.

     

     

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    10 minutes ago, regfootball said:

    Anybody mooaning about what this new Blazer is should actually sit back and ask themselves why it took Chevy 16 model years to put out a competitor for this

    16

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Murano

    Same reason GM did not put out crossovers 16 years ago (for the most part): BOF SUVs were way more profitable back then, at least until $4 a gallon gas and the recession killed a lot of them.

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    • Interesting another one bites the dust. Mercedes that had in 2021 said it would be an EV only company by 2030 has in their Q4 call stated they will not put an end date on ICE, and they are now aiming to have 50% of global sales as EV. Mercedes Benz ditches plan to sell only EVs by 2030 (msn.com) Mercedes-Benz Group 2023 results*: Cash generation at work | Mercedes-Benz Media
    • I will stand corrected as I see Ford CEO in Dec 15 2023 confirmed that they were moving forward with Google on the Qualcomm Android system in supporting the use of Android Auto and Apple Carplay system.  I lumped Ford in with GM as a year earlier with the Qualcomm Announcement they said they would protect the data by not using the cell phone connectivity. I guess customers have spoken and Ford has changed back to replacing Sync in all their ICE and EV autos with the use of Android Auto and Apple Carplay. That I am very happy about.  I tried to find the story I wrote about the Qualcomm Android Auto system where GM and Ford along with a few others had stated in moving to this system they would protect customers data by not allowing Android Auto / Apple Carplay and would use the software API SDK to create their own software interface.  I did a quick search across the news stories but could not find that story.  Yet THANK YOU, having found the news stories on Ford CEO in December 2023 stating they will stick with the ability to use it is GREAT and I am very happy for that as I think GM is making a BIG BIG BIG mistake. Yet it is a switch that they can flip back on. Hopefully Mary and team will get their act together and turn on the support for Android Auto and Apple Carplay.
    • Ok, so I'll say something about this video. It's mostly pros:  - nice cabin; they even did the Malibu thing with the fabric on the dash - unobtrusive touch screen in terms of its placement and sensibly placed controls  - the hideous diagonal for the cubby under the center stack is gone - much nicer treatment of the rear passenger window where it meets the C-pillar - it no longer looks like a '72 Caprice  - better side profile and rear taillights - we know the 2.5 liter 4 cylinder, assuming it stays the same Neutral: - well, with the hybrid, a CVT comes onto the scene ... if it lasts at least 200,000 miles with diligent maintenance, I can't complain  Cons: - the console height between the bucket seats is a little too high for my taste - the front grille continues on as an appliance; whether in base model form or aggressively styled sporty model form.  It can very easily be "fixed" - thicken the center cross-member where the bumper supposedly is and raise it up a little from the ground.  It's still too much - less is more.
    • Why are you grouping Ford with GM here? To the best of my knowledge, Ford has not announced abandoning CarPlay or AndroidAuto. 
    • Pure semantics (although Honda did, in fact, install their own form of the software) as the bigger point was made and confirmed by your post. GM screwed up six ways from Sunday by going their own way with the software side of things. ZERO background in it prior but "HEY! We're GM! Let's a proven tech and make it absolute hot garbage in form and execution". On a side note... Not four months ago, I caught absolute hell (although less so the last three months because well, you know 😎) for pointing out GMs screw ups, knowing all I had to do was sit back let GM speak for themselves and now here we are. I am not saying GM can't or won't figure this out but the next time a fanfic tells me "That was forty years ago GM", I am going to point to this and the host of other screw ups brought on by GM as my vindication lol. 
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