The latest generation of the Chevrolet Blazer was received rather coolly among SUV enthusiasts. The return of the model in 2018, which bet on a name that had built its reputation on the kilometers traveled – slowly – on difficult paths, marked a fundamental shift in philosophy with its monocoque skeleton and Camaro-inspired design. The fly brand now wants to breathe new life into it with a particularly wide range of fully electric paintwork. Here are the highlights.
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Always pursuing a crossover attitude, committed to appeal, this newcomer is in some ways a more impressive adaptation of the design of its petrol counterpart. With a rather square face and curves on the side, it shows its identity as an electric vehicle with a very long wheelbase that practically pushes the wheels to the four corners of the vehicle.
Three drive types
However, what clearly sets this Blazer EV apart from competitors currently sold or soon to be sold is its mode of locomotion. The crossover will be detailed with both front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive or with all-wheel drive. This testifies to the great flexibility of this platform, which incorporates the latest generation Ultium electric architecture, obviously composed of the battery and the motors and all the associated elements. Of course, the front-wheel drive version will be the cheapest.
Quite succinctly on the technical aspect of the Blazer, Chevrolet claims that the entry-level front-wheel drive LT will have a range of 400 km, while the Blazer 2LT can travel 70 km more, always on two-wheel drive versions. Higher in the hierarchy, the rear-wheel drive RS livery will be able to travel 515 km. The latter is also offered in a front and all-wheel drive version. Finally, the sporty SS livery will have a slightly lower range at 467 km due to the power of its two engines.
The Blazer SS takes on the Mustang Mach-E GT
It is this last livery that is exhibited in more detail. It will try to attract the attention of sports drivers with its 557 hp and 648 lb-ft, numbers that are higher than the Ford Mach-E GT (480 hp and 634 lb-ft). Brembo brakes provide stopping power and the Super Cruise semi-autonomous driving system is integrated as standard.
The Blazer EV is slated to go into production in summer 2023, with the 2LT and RS liveries selling for $59,148 and $63,848 (including freight), respectively. This will be followed by the SS version ($83,548) in late 2023 and the entry-level 1LT finish ($54,548) in early 2024.