2021 Chevrolet Blazer inventories are lower than ever.
Thanks to its body-on-frame design, the last-generation Chevrolet Blazer was a highly capable off-roader. The same can't be said for the current unibody Blazer, which shares the same platform as the GMC Arcadia. Put simply, the new Blazer is not a threat to the Ford Bronco.
Despite this, the new Blazer has been a huge hit for Chevrolet. In fact, demand has been so high that Chevrolet can't build them fast enough. Back in April, we reported that dealer inventories of the Blazer dropped to a 19-day supply. For context, a 60-day supply is considered optimal. According to GM Authority, the situation is now worse than ever. In July, Blazer inventories dropped to a worryingly low 12-day supply.
With the Blazer still in short supply, sales of the crossover have inevitably declined. In the first half of 2021, Chevrolet sold 39,855 Blazers compared to 41,870 units in the same period last year, despite increasing demand.
Last September, Blazer inventory was running on a 28-day supply as the Ramos Arizpe Assembly in Mexico could not keep up with customer demand. The ongoing semiconductor chip shortage only exasperated the problem, forcing GM to cut production of the Blazer Ramos Arizpe. At this rate, the popular crossover will be unavailable nationwide in a few months as the semiconductor chip crisis is showing no signs of ending soon. If you've been on the fence about buying a Chevrolet Blaze, you may want to act fast and place an order while you still can.
Let's hope Chevrolet can ramp up production soon because the 2022 Blazer is due to start production next month. For the 2022 model, the Blazer will no longer be available with a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four, which previously powered the L trim.
This means the entry-level 2022 Blazer will be the 2LT trim, which packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four rated at 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Like the 2021 model, a more powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine with 308 hp and 270 lb-ft will be available for the higher 3LT and Premier trims. New color options will also be available, including Nitro Yellow Metallic and Blue Glow Metallic.