Chevrolet is finally cashing in on the high-performance crossover craze.
The new Chevrolet Blazer is a very sporty SUV thanks to its Camaro-inspired styling, so it was surely only a matter of time before Chevrolet launched a performance-focused version. With the rise of performance SUVs such as the Ford Edge ST and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, it makes sense for Chevrolet to cash in on this growing segment. Chevrolet has been keeping quiet about a performance-focused Blazer, but now the automaker has confirmed a Blazer SS will make its world debut at the New York Auto Show on April 17.
Sadly, the Blazer SS won't utilize the Camaro's 6.2-liter V8 with 455 hp. Instead, it will get the same turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 found in the Cadillac CT6, which produces 404 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 10-speed automatic. That makes it more powerful than the Edge ST, but still no match for the 700-hp Jeep Trackhawk. 0-62 mph takes 5.3 seconds before the Blazer SS tops out at 155 mph. All-wheel drive of course comes as standard to handle all that extra muscle.
Chevrolet hasn't released any images of the high-performance Blazer SS yet, but previous render images give us a good idea what it could look like. An aero-enhanced body, black trim, and larger 21-inch wheels give the SUV a meaner look. The Blazer SS also has lowered suspension to give it sportier handling and beefier brakes to increase the stopping power of the high-performance crossover.
Pricing details and a launch date will be announced at the 2019 New York Auto Show but expect Chevrolet to charge a premium over the standard Blazer for the extra performance, which starts at $28,800.