The all-new Chevrolet Blazer has been revealed for the US, reviving a long-running nameplate for the brand when it goes on sale early next year. Slotting between the smaller Equinox and larger Traverse in the Chevrolet SUV line-up, the five-seat Blazer resurrects a badge that hasn’t been seen since 2005, and will take on the likes of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ford Edge (Endura).
Available features include a sliding rear seat, a Hitch Guidance system for those who tow, heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, a rear-view camera mirror, automatic tailgate, wireless phone charging, and up to six USB ports.
Chevrolet brand – including a rail system and cargo fence, along with maximum 1818L of luggage capacity with the second row of seats folded. An 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is fitted as standard, offering 4G LTE connectivity, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
In terms of powertrains, two options are available. There’s an entry-level 2.5-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol and a larger 3.6-litre V6 petrol.
The former claims outputs of 143kW and 255Nm, while the latter offers 227kW and 365Nm. Chevrolet claims the V6 can tow up to 2041kg (4500lb), and both engines are mated as standard to a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Front-wheel drive is standard on lower grades, with on-demand all-wheel drive available as an option. The RS and Premier variants get a “more sophisticated” twin-clutch all-wheel drive system that is claimed to “optimise traction for every condition” – while Chevrolet doesn’t exactly explain how, we’re assuming there’s some form of torque-vectoring or wheel-braking involved.
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