Not everyone wants AWD but still needs solid towing prowess.
There's no shortage of crossovers of all sizes on the market today and the competition is fierce. Of course, there are a few standouts and the Chevrolet Blazer is one of them. As the subcompact crossover is about to enter its third model year, the Bow Tie brand is reportedly making a packaging change that will surely please buyers not interested in paying more for or simply don't require all-wheel-drive. However, they might have a small boat or a pair of jet skis that need to be hauled to the lake house on weekends.
It turns out a special towing package is coming to 2021 Blazers with the standard FWD that will enable them to tow an equal amount of weight as AWD-equipped models.
Called the VR2 Trailering Package, it will be offered only on 2LT, 3LT, RS, and Premier trims. Buyers must also opt for the 3.6-liter V6 engine with 308 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. This package is essentially the same as the one offered on AWD models, where it's called V92 Trailering Package. Both trailering packs have the same tough as nails cooling system in order to enable a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds.
That's right. FWD Blazers will be able to tow up to the same amount as their AWD counterparts. In addition to that engine cooling system, both packages also feature the Hitch Guidance on 2LT and 3LT models, and the Hitch Guidance with Hitch View on RS and Premier trims.
As for the towing capabilities of Blazers not equipped with these packages, well, it's significantly less. The base 2.5-liter inline-four model and mid-range 2.0-liter turbo-four can only tow up to 1,500 pounds. It's the same figure for V6 models when not equipped with either the V92 or VR2 packages.
Official pricing for the new VR2 Trailering Package has not yet been made official though we expect this information to come later this summer.