Will The Next Chevrolet Blazer Be 2-Door or 4-Door?

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The Chevrolet Blazer has been one of the top selling SUV’s for five years concurrently, in such a competitive market, that’s no mean feat. It first came about in 1969 (the K5 Blazer) and lasted until 1999, whereas the S-10 Blazer was introduced to us in 1983 and lasted until 2005.

It should be pointed out that the K5 and S-10 are two very different models – the K5 was a full-size SUV while the S-10 was a compact and mid-size version. What was the Blazer, went on to become the Tahoe some years back, but it seems that Chevrolet are bringing the name back for 2017. Whether or not we will see different versions like the K5 and S-10 again remains to be seen, as far as we are aware, it will just be the Blazer (single model).

Details are scarce about the Blazer

The new versions of the Chevy Blazer are just that; all new.

Very little information has been released by Chevrolet, but industry sources say that we should expect to see the 2017 Chevrolet Blazer on the dealers forecourts at the end of 2016 or possibly very early 2017.

It’s the same with the pricing; Chevy haven’t released the official pricing structure, but given the segment that it will be competing in, Chevrolet won’t want to price themselves out of the market. It’s doubtful that they will be looking at much more than $40,000 for the base model, but we don’t know how many trim levels they’ll be offering either – we’d guess at four, so the top-of-the-line Blazer could be closer to $60,000 depending on the specification. Of course, all of this is speculation and we could be wildly inaccurate, but that’s the kind of figures that we would expect if the specification is ‘standard’.

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Plenty of style

Given that the old Blazer went out of production in 2005, this is going to be more than a facelift for the Blazer; it’s an all-new model. We don’t yet know what platform that Chevrolet will use, mainly because we don’t know if we’re looking at a full-size or mid-sized vehicle, our guess would be that it’s more than likely going to be a full-sized SUV – the mid-size market is flooded at the moment and competition is fierce, and while the full-size segment is busy, it isn’t quite as competitive.

At the front, we’ll see the latest LED headlamps and Daytime Running Lights (DRL’s), while the grille will have the signature Chevrolet look to it. The LED lighting will run to the back as well, where we’ll find wide, horizontal rear lighting.

There is talk that the Blazer will be a 2-door model, and while that may look pretty good, it really is hugely impractical, especially for a full-size SUV, in fact we’d say it’s a ridiculous idea – a three-row SUV that doesn’t allow easy access to the second or third-row? Very unlikely.

We think it will be much more conventionally styled – SUV buyers can be fickle, a manufacturer isn’t going to invest serious dollars on something ‘different’ because they may not get a return on their money – Toyota FJ Cruiser anyone? The overall styling will be aggressive and purposeful, perhaps even a little sporty. Now that manufacturers are concentrating heavily on gas-mileage, they have to give more thought as to how efficient (aerodynamically) the vehicle is; they’re better shaped to cut through the air, with less drag.

Powertrain choices

Under the hood, it is thought that Chevy will offer two different choices for powertrain, a 3.7 liter V6 coupled to a 6-speed manual transmission, this should produce in the region of 322 BHP and a 4.0 liter V8 mated to an all-new 7-speed auto. It’s thought that the V8 should be pushing out close to 400 BHP. All transmissions will drive all wheels, there isn’t a two-wheel drive version.
Suspension has been upgraded, the intention being that the Blazer will make a more accomplished off-roader, but still remaining quiet and comfortable on the road, which is of course where it will spend most of its time.

The cabin has been designed to seat six adults, in comfort with good legroom, something that seems to be getting rarer in today’s fuel economy driven market. It will be well appointed with leather upholstery and modern styling. Expect fitted tech to include Bluetooth, Chevrolet MyLink, LCD touchscreen with navigation, satellite radio, USB ports and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Of course, we’ll see the usual safety equipment fitted as standard, this should include lane assist, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, parking guidance, rear view camera, auto start / stop and auto pre-collision braking (although the auto braking feature may only be on higher trim levels).

We don’t know what we’ll get as standard equipment, but given that this is a new model, Chevy are more than likely to load it up, so we think the launch model will be well equipped, so if it’s a Blazer you’re after, get in quick.

Do you like the look of the 2017 Chevrolet Blazer? Do you think that Chevy have got it right? Or should they go back to the drawing board? Let us know in the comments.

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Comments
  • Sean Nemec

    If this is what it will look like..i sat booooring!

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GM bosses discuss the opportunity to produce the new Blazer in the next year. However, only a few details are known.

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