2019 Chevrolet Blazer: Old name for new 5 seat crossover above Equinox

A new car-based crossover will fill the large gap between the Equinox and Traverse, and it uses a name from the past: Chevrolet Blazer.

The name was originally used offroading SUVs based on GM’s full and midsize pickup truck platforms from 1969. The new model is based on the FWD/AWD GMC Acadia platform, although the Blazer will only seat 5, while the Acadia has space for 7.

The new Chevrolet Blazer has styling inspired by the Camaro facelift with LED headlamps and big grille. Available in sporty RS and luxury Premier trim, available features include hitch view assistance, sliding rear seats, a cargo management system for the trunk including rails and dividers, 18″ to 21″ wheels, and a dual pane moonroof.

Other features include a electronic-locking glove box, automatic seat and steering wheel heating, remote start climate control and window opening, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, rear camera mirror, hands free tailgate, and wireless phone charging.

The new Blazer will be sold with two gas engines in the US. A 2.5-liter I4 with 193hp (143kW) and 188 lb-ft (255Nm), and a 3.6-liter V6 with 305hp (227kW) and 269 lb-ft (365Nm).

Both engines have direct injection, automatic engine stop/start, and a standard 9-speed auto. FWD is standard, and a twin clutch AWD system is optional.

The V6 can tow a trailer up to 4,500 pounds (2,041kg).

The Blazer goes on sale in the US from early 2019. Pricing and full specs to come later.

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2019 Chevrolet Blazer: Old name for new 5 seat crossover above Equinox