Chevrolet may struggle to sell the Blazer Turbo at this price.
If you're looking to buy the reborn Chevrolet Blazer, you'll soon have more engine options to choose from. Currently, the Blazer is offered with 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. As we learned back in July, a new turbo model will join the lineup for the 2020 model year, which will utilize the 2020 GMC Acadia's turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four unit and produce 230 hP and 258 lb-ft of torque.
CarsDirect has obtained order guides confirming how much the turbo variant will cost, and it may not be the best option if you're looking for value for money. According to the order guide, the Blazer Turbo will be offered in 2LT & 3LT grades. Its 230-hp power output means it slots in between the model's 193-hp 2.5-liter base engine and the 308-hp V6. But despite this, the turbo model costs just $500 less than the more powerful V6.
With the turbo, the 2020 Blazer 2LT starts at $33,995 including destination, while the V6 version costs $34,495. Opting for the better-equipped 3LT increases the price to $38,195 with the turbo and $38,695 with the V6. For an extra $500, it makes more sense to get the considerably more powerful V6 model, especially as it doesn't require premium gas like the turbo model.
When asked about the logic behind the pricing, a Chevrolet spokesperson said that the Turbo will "provide Blazer customers more choice" and that it's "a great alternative" to the 2.5-liter mill in terms of performance and efficiency.
The Turbo may have the advantage when it comes to fuel economy. The V6 is rated at 21 mpg, just two mpg less than the 2.5-liter base engine. Economy ratings for the turbo haven't been confirmed yet, but the 2.0-liter Chevrolet Equinox turbo delivers 25 mpg, which could give us a rough idea. However, the turbocharged Blazer is larger and more powerful than the Equinox, so we'll have to wait for Chevrolet to release official economy figures.
The V6 model is also the only way to take advantage of the Blazer's maximum towing capacity of 4,500 lbs with all-wheel-drive, as the front-wheel-drive turbo, V6, and base 2.5-liter mill are limited to 1,500 lbs. The 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is expected to arrive in dealers next month, so more details should be revealed soon.