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Chevrolet resurrects Blazer nameplate

by Ronan Glon

It\'s not Chevrolet\'s answer to the born-again Bronco, though.

Chevrolet has resurrected the long-dormant Blazer nameplate on a design-led crossover. The model won't compete against the upcoming born-again Ford Bronco, though.

Designers could have channeled the nameplate's off-road heritage; they didn't. Instead, they gave the crossover an athletic design visibly inspired by the updated 2019 Camaro. And, like its coupe sibling, the Blazer gets a different front end treatment depending on the trim level buyers select.

Blacked-out door pillars create the popular floating roof effect, while chiseled sheet metal reduces the Blazer's visual mass. The back end ditches the Camaro look for a more Traverse-like design.

Chevrolet explains its interior designers focused on connectivity and customization. Buyers will be able to choose from a wide range of colors and trim materials. The Blazer is practical, too, thanks to a cargo management system and up to 64.2 cubic feet of trunk space with the rear seats folded flat.

Power for the Blazer comes from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 193 horsepower and 188 pound-feet of torque. Buyers who need more grunt (or those who want to unlock the crossover's 4,500-pound towing capacity) can pay extra for a 3.6-liter V6 tuned to deliver 305 horses and 269 pound-feet of twist.

Both engines shift through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is offered at an extra cost. Chevrolet notes RS and Premier models benefit from a more sophisticated all-wheel drive system.

Positioned between the Equinox and the Traverse, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer will go on sale early next year. Look for a pricing announcement before then.