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The Chevrolet Blazer SS Of Our Dreams Is Sadly Impossible

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It resembles the Camaro, so how about a V8?

We have to give Chevrolet designers a lot of credit for giving the new Blazer crossover a very Camaro-like exterior design. Even the interior is quite sporty. Both are good things but at the end of the day, the reborn Blazer is not built on a rear-wheel-drive architecture like its ancestors. Instead, it's front-wheel-drive, utilizing GM's C1XX platform which also underpins the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5. In short, it's a car-based setup slightly adapted for crossovers. That has some drawbacks, among them the lack of a body on frame setup for true off-roading fun. But the new Blazer still has tons of potential thanks to its newfound sporty nature, like how about a Blazer SS?

ChevyBlazer.org has cooked up this pair of rendered images showing very clearly what a potential Blazer SS could look like assuming it's given the production green light.

It's most obvious target would be the new Ford Edge ST. If performance crossovers are now a thing then it makes total sense for Chevy to offer up a competitor to its cross-town rival. The rendered Blazer SS you see here has some enhanced bodywork, tons of black trim (we especially dig the black hood) and the larger 21-inch wheels available on the current RS trim. There's also a lowered suspension and beefier brakes. All-wheel-drive would be standard in order to handle the higher power output.

And speaking of which, what engine would GM drop under the hood? Well, in an ideal world, that would be the Camaro's 6.2-liter V8 with 455 hp. Unfortunately, that would be impossible because that engine was engineered to work with RWD platforms only. Pity. Not all is lost, though. GM does have other high-output engines at its disposal.

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Our number one candidate is the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 found in the likes of the Cadillac CT6, where it produces 404 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. A Blazer SS with this turbo V6 would outgun the Edge ST's 335 hp and 400 lb-ft. The CT6's engine is connected to a 10-speed automatic whereas the Blazer currently has a nine-speed unit. If Chevy were to use this engine (please do, guys), then chances are a gearbox swap might be necessary. Now the question is whether or not Chevy will build a Blazer SS? Given the sudden rise of performance crossovers, we think it's only a matter of time.