It hasn't taken long for Chevrolet to update the new Blazer range.
The reborn Blazer crossover only went on sale early this year, but Chevrolet is already planning to update the range with a new engine option to increase sales. Starting at $29,995, the Blazer is currently offered with a choice of two engine options: a naturally-aspirated 2.5-liter four-cylinder delivering 193 horsepower and a more potent 3.6-liter V6 producing 305 hp. According to Car and Driver, a third engine option will be added to the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer.
Chevrolet confirmed that a new mid-range model will be added to the 2020 Blazer lineup that will use the 2020 GMC Acadia’s turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four unit, which will produce 230 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. This will slot it neatly in between the entry-level four-cylinder model and the V6 range-topper to suit different budgets.
The new turbo-four will be paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission and offer engine stop-start capability, just like the other available engine options. Curiously, however, the 2.0-liter unit can be paired with the Blazer’s optional all-wheel drive system, whereas the base model is only available with front-wheel drive. The new turbo engine will be standard on 2LT and 3LT trim levels, while the base Blazer L and LT will still come with the 2.5-liter engine. Opt for the range-topping Blazer RS and Premier models, and the 3.6-liter V6 will still be the only available engine option.
Fuel-economy figures and pricing details for the new turbo engine option are still being kept under wraps, but it should cost around $35,000 since the base L model starts at $28,800 and the range-topping RS model starts at $40,600, although a fully loaded model will cost nearly $50,000.
As for fuel economy, the 2.5-liter Blazer is rated at 24 mpg combined, while the V6 version has a combined 22 mpg with front-wheel drive and 21 mpg combined with all-wheel drive, so the turbo-powered Blazer should fall somewhere in between. More details will be revealed when the 2020 Blazer arrives in dealers this October.