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Chevrolet unveils new Blazer midsize crossover

Which is not to be confused with the Trailblazer SUV

We see some of Lexus’s spindle grille up front. PHOTO FROM CHEVROLET

Only old people might remember Chevrolet’s big two-door SUV from 1969 called the Blazer, which was based on the American automaker’s C/K pickup truck platform. That sport-ute was produced through two generations until the early 1990s. If this sounds rather confusing, that’s probably because the brand also had a similarly named four-door midsize SUV, which used an entirely different chassis. Not to mention, of course, the fact that there also exists a separate Trailblazer nameplate.

Whatever the reasoning behind this SUV nomenclature, it seems this model name is indeed very dear to Chevrolet because the company has now resurrected and attached it to an all-new midsize crossover SUV, due to hit US showrooms in early 2019.

This particular unit is the RS version of the Blazer. PHOTO FROM CHEVROLET

To be positioned between the compact Equinox and the full-size Traverse in the North American market, the new Blazer offers five-passenger seating and 1,818L of cargo space. Chevrolet mentions two trims in the press statement for the vehicle: the sporty RS (featured in the photos you see here) and the more refined Premier.

There’s definitely a lot of Lexus vibe going on here, with some sprinkling of Mazda. PHOTO FROM CHEVROLET

The new Blazer will be powered by either one of two available Ecotec gasoline engines: a 2.5-liter straight-four (193hp and 255Nm) and a 3.6-liter V6 (305hp and 365Nm). Both powerplants will be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission.

This reminds us of some Italian supercar brand. PHOTO FROM CHEVROLET

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

That attitude may be emanating from that gaping grille that borrows heavily from Lexus’s signature spindle design.

“Chevrolet has been at the forefront of each of the major automotive industry trends by anticipating consumer demand and delivering innovative products,” GM North America president Alan Batey adds in the same statement. “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.”

Chevrolet has a new cargo management system. PHOTOS FROM CHEVROLET

There’s no word yet on whether Chevrolet will introduce this Blazer outside the United States. But knowing how Asia is an important battlefield for the brand, we won’t be surprised at all if we see it on our roads eventually. Would you like for it to be sold here?

Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist since July 1995. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. God has watched over him throughout his humble journey. He writes the ‘Spoiler’ column.