The turbo-four isn't the only addition to Chevy's new midsize crossover for 2020.
It's only been a little over a year since the Chevrolet Blazer nameplate was revived, applying the old handle to a new mid-size crossover. So given how new it is, we weren't expecting any major changes for what's now only it's second model year. But there are some changes afoot.
For starters, the new Blazer gets a 2.0-liter turbo-four to slot in between the base 2.5-liter unit and the 3.6-liter V6 (both naturally aspirated). But while the Bowtie brand was at it, it also addressed what's evidently been a common complaint from existing owners.
Among the fuel-saving features GM incorporated into the new Blazer is a stop-start system. That's been part of the package since its launch, but now it's added a defeat switch for the system, allowing drivers to shut off what can sometimes be an annoying intrusion into a driver's daily commute.
Along with the new engine and the stop-start switch, the 2020 Chevrolet Blazer is getting some new exterior color choices, as well as a black grille option and a decal pack. Those towing trailers may also be tempted by the new Hitch Guidance feature, which includes a Hitch View function on the infotainment display.
There's a Redline Edition package being offered as well, with 20-inch alloys and exterior trim in gloss black with red accents. And buyers can specify front headrests embroidered with the Blazer script.
Otherwise it's essentially the same Blazer that's been in production since December 2018, slotting above the smaller Chevy Trailblazer and in between the Chevy Equinox and Chevy Traverse in the brand's growing crossover lineup. Last year, GM sold over a million crossovers in the United States alone, including 58,115 Blazers - more than any of Chevy's passenger cars (save for the Malibu), and more even than the Suburban (though not by much, and not including the Tahoe).