Rakish crossovers are becoming more the norm. The Lexus RX, Jaguar F-PACE, Nissan Murano, Alfa Romeo Stelvio, and the Porsche Macan, and that's not even all of them. Now, Chevy is getting in the game by resurrecting an old nameplate, the Blazer. Frankly, we're blown away by how good the new Blazer looks. Just take a look at this thing!
But it's no old-school Blazer in terms of purpose. Rather than focusing on off-road ruggedness, the new Blazer looks like a stilted Camaro, especially in blackened RS trim, and that's a very good thing. From the darkened mesh grille and the thin headlights to the creased body and the sculpted flanks, the new Blazer puts out the kind of edgy design reserved for more premium crossovers.
It's mean to slot between the Equinox and the Traverse Chevrolet, the Blazer isn't all looks with no purpose. And even though you can just about customize it with a wide array of colors and trim materials, it's also capacious with 64.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row folded flat. That's more than the Audi Q5 and the BMW X3 and just a little less than the Nissan Murano. Pretty good for something that looks like a tall street carver.
The base engine for the new Blazer will be a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 193 horsepower and 188 lb-ft of torque. There's also an optional 3.6-liter V6 that's good for more grunt with its 305 horses and 269 lb-ft. Both will be mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission and will be driven by the front wheels standard. All-wheel drive will be optional. Higher trim levels known as RS and Premier will have a more sophisticated AWD system. No pricing has been announced, but it should be public just before the Blazer goes on sale early next year.