Do you remember when Chevrolet resurrected its Blazer as a crossover back in 2018? Well, it looks like the bow-tie brand has more plans for this nameplate as it brings it into the world of electric vehicles—the brand’s entry into the midsize electric crossover segment.
If you thought that the brand’s lineup looked a little too Camaro-inspired, you’ll be glad to know that its design language has evolved to look more distinctive with features like a Volvo-like headlight design. On higher trims, it becomes a lightbar that meets with an illuminated bow-tie. The rear also gets more aggressive taillights.
On the LT trims, it’s a more subdued single-tone finish with 19-inch wheels, while the RS steps up with more black accents, 21-inch rims, and a blacked-out grille. Finally, the SS receives a trim-specific grille, a two-tone color scheme, and humongous 22-inch wheels as standard.
Its interior also gets a leg up in tech, fitting a massive 17.7-inch horizontal infotainment screen into the cabin, flanked by an 11-inch driver’s display. The RS and SS variants also get louder interior trimming and colors, and features like a power liftgate, ambient lighting, heated and ventilated seats, and a heated flat-bottom steering wheel.
You can even spec the vehicle to have GM’s excellent Super Cruise self-driving tech, but it will come with safety features like automatic emergency braking, forward collision alert, lane-keep assist, and automatic high-beam assistant as standard.
But the biggest highlight is the Ultium platform that underpins the vehicle. Apart from being able to provide plenty of interior space and legroom to its occupants, it also allows the car to have three different drive configurations: front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and rear-wheel drive.
The Blazer EV will also support 11.5kW onboard AC charging (for home and public charging stations), and high-speed DC fast charging up to 190kW, which allows for an additional range of 126km in 10 minutes. Its range goes as high as 515km on a single charge (for the RS).
And if you’re wondering, the Blazer SS has the performance to back up its nameplate, with a dual-motor setup putting out 557hp and 879Nm, and has a mode called “Wide Open Watts” that allows this specific model to hit 100km/h in less than four seconds.
There will be four variants: the 1LT at $44,995 (P2,530,000); the 2LT at $47,595 (P2,673,000); the RS at $51,995 (P2,920,000); and the SS at $65,995 (P3,710,000).
And to make things a little more interesting, the brand will also offer a Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV) model, which is based on the high-performance SS model.
Aside from the largest battery, rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations, and Brembo brakes in the front, the Blazer EV PPV will come with police-specific equipment inside and out.
The 2LT and the RS will go on sale first in 2023, followed by the SS in the latter half of that year. Then, the 1LT and PPV models will go on sale in the first quarter of 2024. Do you want Chevrolet Philippines to bring this in as the brand’s first EV, or do you prefer something like the Bolt or Silverado EVs?