2019 Chevrolet Blazer: Back as Mid-Size Crossover

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Chevrolet is looking to capitalize on America's love affair with crossovers by bringing the Blazer moniker back in the body of a fashion-forward SUV. If you've been waiting to see the Blazer return with a body-on-frame construction to take on the Ford Bronco you might be disappointed, as the new model has a unibody structure that it shares with the GMC Acadia.

In terms of size, the 2019 Chevy Blazer fits in between the Equinox and Traverse. Styling wise, the Blazer looks like an angry Camaro on stilts. While not exactly the best-looking SUV, it does bring some character to Chevy's conservatively-styled crossovers. One thing's for sure, this definitely doesn't look anything like the boxy Blazers from yesteryear.

Power for the new Blazer comes from a 2.5-liter inline-four that generates 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. If you want performance that matches the SUV's drastic exterior styling, there's a 3.6-liter V6 rated to make 305 hp and 269 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic is standard for both motors. Front-wheel drive is standard, while an optional all-wheel-drive system is also available. A more high-tech AWD system that's more performance oriented is available on RS and Premier trims.

On the inside, the Blazer continues to borrow design cues from the muscular Camaro. The center console is laid out in a similar fashion, as are the circular air vents and the transmission tunnel.

The SUV comes with Chevrolet's latest MyLink infotainment system and an eight-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as 4G LTE connectivity with WiFi hotspot capability, are standard. Passengers will never run out of juice, either, as the base Blazer will come with four USB outlets. Higher RS and Premier trims will feature six USB ports.

When it comes to safety, RS and Premier Blazers can come equipped with adaptive cruise control and a rear camera mirror. An available hitch view will help drivers that tow cargo get a better view to help align the hitch with the trailer. Speaking of towing, the Blazer has a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds.

The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer will go on sale early next year, with pricing, fuel economy numbers, and a full list of features coming at a later date.

2019 Chevy Blazer

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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