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Chevrolet News:Spying: Return of the ZR2 for Chevrolet

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A couple of years ago, Chevrolet rolled out the Colorado ZR2 concept. This truck showed what a possible off-road focused model could look like. At the time, Chevrolet said this was only a concept. But some new spy shots show GM is considering putting this model into production.

 

While the front end is camouflaged very well, we can make out certain details such as a new front bumper, tow hooks, and a skid plate. The bumper is an important change as the current one limits how far you can off-road. The suspension has been lifted (an inch or two we're guessing) and there is a set of meaty off-road tires.

 

Engines choices are likely to be the 3.6L V6 and 2.8L Duramax four-cylinder turbodiesel. In terms of off-road hardware, we wouldn't be surprised if there are new differentials, shocks, and possibly some assist systems such as hill descent control.

 

No word on we could see this model.

 

With next Tacoma TRD Pro just around the corner, the midsize truck class is only getting more interesting.

 

Source: Autoblog, AutoGuide


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Interesting, I wonder if it will have a factory winch like the concept had?

 

A ZR2 with the Duramax engine would be a badass offroad truck. :P

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Well they also need to put  in the new Camaro V6 as not everyone wants the diesel or price. 

 

As for price it will be interesting to see how they price this with the present ZL1 is close to over $50K for a fully loaded crew. There is a limit on what people will pay before moving to a full size truck. $55K will get you a decent crew with a V8.. 

 

I would be fine with a SLT GMC but I need a power Sun Roof. 

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I'll believe GM finally made a truck that's more than a sticker-job when it's finally released.. They've been too good at sticker-jobs for quite awhile now for me to think anything different until it's out.

 

But if it does come out as a gnarly off-road truck.. AWESOME! 

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What I would love to see is a full size truck, mid sized truck and Tahoe with a sport package that is called Tuned by Corvette. 

 

My vision is to take these vehicles and let the Corvette guys put some brakes on them and tune the suspensions and let them be real handlers. This way GM could enjoy the sport tuning of a sports car but not call them Corvettes. It is a good way to leverage the name and you know the Corvette guys would not take long to tune these models. 

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I bought a 1998 ZR2 extended cab manual in dark blue brand new.  No way I could afford a new one.  It's going to be a tough mother though.

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Tuned by Corvette

(handling by Lotus comes to mind)

 

I like the way that sounds. It would be great to actually have other Chevy or even Buick products to be tuned by Corvette.

 

I think that is a very marketable strategy.

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What I would love to see is a full size truck, mid sized truck and Tahoe with a sport package that is called Tuned by Corvette. 

 

My vision is to take these vehicles and let the Corvette guys put some brakes on them and tune the suspensions and let them be real handlers. This way GM could enjoy the sport tuning of a sports car but not call them Corvettes. It is a good way to leverage the name and you know the Corvette guys would not take long to tune these models. 

 

 

This would be super cool.

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"Tuning By Corvette" dilutes the icon.  No can do!

:P

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I like your posting style BLU.

Reminds me of somebody that I used to know....

(Fear not,I wont post Gotye)

 

I dont think it will dilute.

 

Imagine a Buick. This Buick

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With a "Tuning by Corvette"  badge on it.

 

Hyper mentioned a Tahoe sport truck...

 

 

For me, it elevates Corvette status if marketed right.

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Yo skeeterbite... DEFINITELY not on a non-Chevrolet... GM is doing what they can to make the brands unique, that is GM 101, first day of class, first lesson...  :P

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Yo skeeterbite... DEFINITELY not on a non-Chevrolet... GM is doing what they can to make the brands unique, that is GM 101, first day of class, first lesson...  :P

 

HA!

 

The corporate (read Chevy) small block V8 is under the hood of Cadillacs and GMC trucks.....

And PROUDLY displayed as the Corvette engine...

 

Chevrolet PROUDLY announces the Camaro's platform as the Alpha platform. While this alone may not cause any alarm bells to go off with the deaf, dumb and blind, to the casual observer however, it might cause an aneurysm as he may recall that the little Cadillac car also utilizes the Alpha Platform...

 

No. Tuning by Corvette, even on a Buick, perhaps a Buick Avista concept that is actually on the Alpha Platform anyway...and maybe even having the famous corporate V8 engine under its hood, with a Tuning by Corvette badge, will definitely give street cred to the Avista, while boosting the Corvette image further, especially if that Avista is a killer on the strip and street...

 

Its how one views it...and that is why marketing departments exist:

To tell us what  should we consider good shyte!

 

And I think the Corvette name is prestigious enough where it SHOULD be marketed as a top dog performance BRAND!

 

I think that only Cadillac should distance itself a tiny bit from General Motors.

I also think that Corvette should start becoming a brand. Sell itself some how to be able to stand alone...not entirely alone, have a strong connection to Chevrolet, but be Corvette...period. Not Corvette (by Chevrolet)

Maybe Chevrolet Racing should fall under full control to Corvette Racing and go from there.

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What you're saying has been discussed before and it was decided that it would not behoove them to move forward with such a harebrained scheme.

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What you're saying has been discussed before and it was decided that it would not behoove them to move forward with such a harebrained scheme.

Ill be reporter

 

Who discussed this?

When did this discussion happen?

 

And...

I wanna have this discussion again.

 

I noticed that people are afraid of change...but change needs to happen in order to advance.

If the rumors are true, the C8 will be mid-engined.

Many cry foul at this trying to discredit the spy shots...

Many say that this rumor has been going on forever and that no way this time is any different.

Many say that that a Corvette front engine, rear wheel drive with a V8 and nothing more.

Many point to the Porsche 911 and tell us that because Porsche has never messed with the 911's formula that Corvette should stay the same too...

 

 

OK...

 

Porsche has changed the 911's formula.

From stop being a  VW Beetle chassis to ending air cooled engines.

From adding turbos and AWD.

 

The Corvette has made only 1 change. From Chevy's Stove Bolt 6 to being a V8.

The Corvette even has looked the same since the hatch version of the C3...yes...like the 911.

 

But...The Corvette needs to  expand...

Why?

 

Because 1 model has to do everything. And it cant.  Its a formidable machine. But a Jack Of All Trades approach does not make it the best.

It has to be a track star, it has to be a muscle car, it has to be an exotic supercar.

The 911 has a zillion different configurations specializing in each and every category.

And when the 911  simply cant be the best in 1 area, Porsche makes a brand new supercar that trounces everything.

And in order to do that, Porsche expanded its models SUCCESFULLY both engineering wise and marketing wise and sells us SUVs to continue to make all kinds of wonderful sports cars.

 

Corvette needs to be the best.

Its awfully close now...

but...

When a car has a limited reach, it could only go so far. Budget and engineering limits....

The C7 Z06...

It had or it may still have heat issues.

The C7 Z06 has to be like the C6 ZR1 (muscle car) the C6 Z06 (track star) and also be an exotic supercar based on the C7 R race car.

Porsche 911 has many versions to be all that and more...and Porsche has the budget to do so.

Corvette C7 Z06 because of heat soak issues, is compromised.

And...it being front engine RWD, it has reached its peak.

OK, better than any other front engine RWD car ever built.

Problem is that other engineering solutions exist and the Corvette is being limited just because we like to have things the way they once were...

 

24 hours of Lemans.

We could cry foul at the Ford GT and the sandbagging and rules hampering the Vettes....

The Ford GT did get a 1-2 finish...from a mid-engine turbo V6 design....

Sure Vettes DOMINATE this series....but not this time around...

 

The Vette in 2016 has an image like never before.

States Side it was always a God.

Outside this perimeter though, not so much.

In 2016, the Vette WORLDWIDE is revered. Thanx to Corvette Racing and the 24 hours of Lemans.

Its time to tap into that.

Take advantage of that money.

And maybe spawn many different types of Vettes in the process to specialize to DESTROY the competition once and for all...

 

Listen, dont look now, but even the Camaro is nudging on the Vettes performance feet.

You think that is a good thing for the Vette going forward when little brother Camaro is about to over take you?

 

And maybe that is why the mid-engine Vette thing is real this time around..

And if that is true..

This opens up a whole new ball game for the Vette.

The rumors of how many types of Vettes that could be sold along side a mid-engined one is all over the internet. There is no need for me to go into all that.

 

(OK....Im awaiting for the -1 vote for this post)

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Well it was way too long to read it all, sparky.  So no downvote from me.  GM discussed doing something like this years ago, it was posted over the interwebs.  Nothing ever came of it.

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GM discussed this?

 

Point me in that direction....

 

To the downvoter.

Show yourself...

 

BLU feels like my post is too long to read.

Which is fine..and you the downvoter, feels like your opinion should not be shared....

 

CMON GUYS!!!

 

THIS IS A DISCUSSION FORUM, AINT IT NOT???!!!

 

YOUR OPINION IS NOT ANY BETTER THAN MINE!!!

NOR  MINE IS BETTER THAN YOURS...........

 

ITS A DISCUSSION....

 

If you feel like not talking about this....FINE..

DONT DOWNVOTE!!!

 

And, if you feel like not reading my post....

DONT READ IT, BUT DONT BRUSH ME OFF LIKE IM A PEASANT!!!

 

Intelligence is created by discussing.

IGNORANCE is maintained by being selective...

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What you're saying has been discussed before and it was decided that it would not behoove them to move forward with such a harebrained scheme.

Ill be reporter

 

Who discussed this?

When did this discussion happen?

 

And...

I wanna have this discussion again.

 

I noticed that people are afraid of change...but change needs to happen in order to advance.

If the rumors are true, the C8 will be mid-engined.

Many cry foul at this trying to discredit the spy shots...

Many say that this rumor has been going on forever and that no way this time is any different.

Many say that that a Corvette front engine, rear wheel drive with a V8 and nothing more.

Many point to the Porsche 911 and tell us that because Porsche has never messed with the 911's formula that Corvette should stay the same too...

 

 

OK...

 

Porsche has changed the 911's formula.

From stop being a  VW Beetle chassis to ending air cooled engines.

From adding turbos and AWD.

 

The Corvette has made only 1 change. From Chevy's Stove Bolt 6 to being a V8.

The Corvette even has looked the same since the hatch version of the C3...yes...like the 911.

 

But...The Corvette needs to  expand...

Why?

 

Because 1 model has to do everything. And it cant.  Its a formidable machine. But a Jack Of All Trades approach does not make it the best.

It has to be a track star, it has to be a muscle car, it has to be an exotic supercar.

The 911 has a zillion different configurations specializing in each and every category.

And when the 911  simply cant be the best in 1 area, Porsche makes a brand new supercar that trounces everything.

And in order to do that, Porsche expanded its models SUCCESFULLY both engineering wise and marketing wise and sells us SUVs to continue to make all kinds of wonderful sports cars.

 

Corvette needs to be the best.

Its awfully close now...

but...

When a car has a limited reach, it could only go so far. Budget and engineering limits....

The C7 Z06...

It had or it may still have heat issues.

The C7 Z06 has to be like the C6 ZR1 (muscle car) the C6 Z06 (track star) and also be an exotic supercar based on the C7 R race car.

Porsche 911 has many versions to be all that and more...and Porsche has the budget to do so.

Corvette C7 Z06 because of heat soak issues, is compromised.

And...it being front engine RWD, it has reached its peak.

OK, better than any other front engine RWD car ever built.

Problem is that other engineering solutions exist and the Corvette is being limited just because we like to have things the way they once were...

 

24 hours of Lemans.

We could cry foul at the Ford GT and the sandbagging and rules hampering the Vettes....

The Ford GT did get a 1-2 finish...from a mid-engine turbo V6 design....

Sure Vettes DOMINATE this series....but not this time around...

 

The Vette in 2016 has an image like never before.

States Side it was always a God.

Outside this perimeter though, not so much.

In 2016, the Vette WORLDWIDE is revered. Thanx to Corvette Racing and the 24 hours of Lemans.

Its time to tap into that.

Take advantage of that money.

And maybe spawn many different types of Vettes in the process to specialize to DESTROY the competition once and for all...

 

Listen, dont look now, but even the Camaro is nudging on the Vettes performance feet.

You think that is a good thing for the Vette going forward when little brother Camaro is about to over take you?

 

And maybe that is why the mid-engine Vette thing is real this time around..

And if that is true..

This opens up a whole new ball game for the Vette.

The rumors of how many types of Vettes that could be sold along side a mid-engined one is all over the internet. There is no need for me to go into all that.

 

(OK....Im awaiting for the -1 vote for this post)

 

Excellent read, you make many valid points and I agree with you, there needs to be a diverse group of Corvette products.

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*brush*brush*  :roflmao:

 

I will try to find it, but it was several years back.

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*brush*brush*  :roflmao:

 

I will try to find it, but it was several years back.

That is all cool and all...and I want to know the ins and outs from GM's BUSINESS stand-point.

 

But more to it than that....

 

I WANNA KNOW YOUR OPINION ON IT!!!

YES BLU, YOUR OPINION!

I HAVE A DIRECT CONNECTION WITH YOU. IM VERY MUCH INTERESTED IN WHAT YOU  HAVE TO SAY.

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What you're saying has been discussed before and it was decided that it would not behoove them to move forward with such a harebrained scheme.

Ill be reporter

 

Who discussed this?

When did this discussion happen?

 

And...

I wanna have this discussion again.

 

I noticed that people are afraid of change...but change needs to happen in order to advance.

If the rumors are true, the C8 will be mid-engined.

Many cry foul at this trying to discredit the spy shots...

Many say that this rumor has been going on forever and that no way this time is any different.

Many say that that a Corvette front engine, rear wheel drive with a V8 and nothing more.

Many point to the Porsche 911 and tell us that because Porsche has never messed with the 911's formula that Corvette should stay the same too...

 

 

OK...

 

Porsche has changed the 911's formula.

From stop being a  VW Beetle chassis to ending air cooled engines.

From adding turbos and AWD.

 

The Corvette has made only 1 change. From Chevy's Stove Bolt 6 to being a V8.

The Corvette even has looked the same since the hatch version of the C3...yes...like the 911.

 

But...The Corvette needs to  expand...

Why?

 

Because 1 model has to do everything. And it cant.  Its a formidable machine. But a Jack Of All Trades approach does not make it the best.

It has to be a track star, it has to be a muscle car, it has to be an exotic supercar.

The 911 has a zillion different configurations specializing in each and every category.

And when the 911  simply cant be the best in 1 area, Porsche makes a brand new supercar that trounces everything.

And in order to do that, Porsche expanded its models SUCCESFULLY both engineering wise and marketing wise and sells us SUVs to continue to make all kinds of wonderful sports cars.

 

Corvette needs to be the best.

Its awfully close now...

but...

When a car has a limited reach, it could only go so far. Budget and engineering limits....

The C7 Z06...

It had or it may still have heat issues.

The C7 Z06 has to be like the C6 ZR1 (muscle car) the C6 Z06 (track star) and also be an exotic supercar based on the C7 R race car.

Porsche 911 has many versions to be all that and more...and Porsche has the budget to do so.

Corvette C7 Z06 because of heat soak issues, is compromised.

And...it being front engine RWD, it has reached its peak.

OK, better than any other front engine RWD car ever built.

Problem is that other engineering solutions exist and the Corvette is being limited just because we like to have things the way they once were...

 

24 hours of Lemans.

We could cry foul at the Ford GT and the sandbagging and rules hampering the Vettes....

The Ford GT did get a 1-2 finish...from a mid-engine turbo V6 design....

Sure Vettes DOMINATE this series....but not this time around...

 

The Vette in 2016 has an image like never before.

States Side it was always a God.

Outside this perimeter though, not so much.

In 2016, the Vette WORLDWIDE is revered. Thanx to Corvette Racing and the 24 hours of Lemans.

Its time to tap into that.

Take advantage of that money.

And maybe spawn many different types of Vettes in the process to specialize to DESTROY the competition once and for all...

 

Listen, dont look now, but even the Camaro is nudging on the Vettes performance feet.

You think that is a good thing for the Vette going forward when little brother Camaro is about to over take you?

 

And maybe that is why the mid-engine Vette thing is real this time around..

And if that is true..

This opens up a whole new ball game for the Vette.

The rumors of how many types of Vettes that could be sold along side a mid-engined one is all over the internet. There is no need for me to go into all that.

 

(OK....Im awaiting for the -1 vote for this post)

 

 

 

Such a good post here. So much truth to this.

 

 

Exclude the exterior design, and the 911 has changed plenty. Not too much, but enough. Enough to still be the most darling sports car on the market, and enjoy immense sales success.

 

 

The Corvette brand, name, family, whatever you want to call it, needs to expand. Idk how that's even up for debate at this point.

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I will say the more I think about it, the more I like TUNED by CORVETTE!

 

The catch is you have to make sure it truly is tuned right and not just a badge job as GM in the Mid 2000's was starting to do with the SS badge on everything.

 

TUNED by CORVETTE needs to only go on select limited edition auto's.

 

Example is if GMC brought back the Typhoon and Syclone.

 

These should be TUNED by CORVETTE.

 

Trailblazer SS AWD - TUNED by CORVETTE

 

Get my point?

 

I think you could properly expand the corvette family and the branding done right.

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I will say the more I think about it, the more I like TUNED by CORVETTE!

 

The catch is you have to make sure it truly is tuned right and not just a badge job as GM in the Mid 2000's was starting to do with the SS badge on everything.

 

TUNED by CORVETTE needs to only go on select limited edition auto's.

 

Example is if GMC brought back the Typhoon and Syclone.

 

These should be TUNED by CORVETTE.

 

Trailblazer SS AWD - TUNED by CORVETTE

 

Get my point?

 

I think you could properly expand the corvette family and the branding done right.

 

EXACTLY!

 

And with baby steps if need be.

Start with the "Tuned by Corvette" badging.

 

Chevy SS badged vehicles could benefit from such "Tuned by Corvette" badging...

 

And if done right, more praise for Corvette and more exposure for the Corvette brand that expanding a Corvette line-up should not be that off the wall...

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"Tuning By Corvette" dilutes the icon.  No can do!

:P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No if you make a SUV and call it a Corvette that dilutes. 

If you cal it a Tahoe and make a limited number with a small badge like the GM Performance Division used that just says tuned by Team Corvette on their cars that enhances. 

 

Hell Isuzu sold a hell of a lot of Tuned by Lotus cars and it brought the Lotus name more front and center with no damage. 

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Handling by Lotus...which I already mentioned like, it sees eons ago, in this thread.

 

HYPER...your TUNING by CORVETTE is a fantastic idea!!!

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      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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    • By William Maley
      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.
    • By dfelt
      https://insideevs.com/chevy-offers-loaner-bolt-to-couple-who-lost-tesla-model-s-to-fire/
      This is an interesting story on insideevs about a Tesla S that catches fire and burns down and Chevrolet coming to the assist of loaning them a Bolt to continue to drive around till things get resolved.
      On street person recorded this and posted it:
      Some funny tweets on this:
       
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