Performance and passion have never looked so *yawn*.
When it was first revealed, the Chevrolet Blazer was widely panned by purists for being yet another unibody, transverse-engine crossover with no real off-road cred. Far from the rugged, dashing K5 Blazer of yesteryear, the new model is a decidedly tame, domesticated machine focused more on suburban commuting than all-terrain adventure, with some vaguely Camaro-esque styling tossed in for consolation.
But what if GM were to make an actual proper Chevrolet Camaro-inspired crossover utility vehicle? It might end up looking a little something like the fictional CUV shown in these renderings, published to Instagram by tuningcar_ps.
We know what you're thinking. "A Camaro crossover? Get real." Indeed, the idea that Chevrolet might ever consider taking one of its most beloved brands and slapping it on a utility vehicle, performance-oriented or no, is hard to wrap your mind around.
But keep in mind that that's exactly what Ford did with the pure-electric Mustang Mach-E, and that crossovers have surged in popularity in recent years, snatching serious market share away from coupes and sedans. Couple that with all the scary reports that the Chevrolet Camaro muscle car could go on hiatus once again after the current sixth-generation model ends its run, as the pony car continues to lose ground to the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. Suddenly, it doesn't seem so crazy.
Some important questions remain, chief among them: if Chevrolet were to make a Camaro crossover, would it be transverse (FWD-based), or longitudinal (RWD-based)? Or would it eschew internal combustion altogether, chasing after the Ford Mustang Mach-E with a battery-electric powertrain? GM certainly has the EV tech needed to give Ford's new pony car-themed utility vehicle a run for its money.
For the time being, we'll just keep enjoying the Camaro as it is, while we still can: a lightweight, beautifully balanced two-door available with a six-speed manual and a bellowing V8 under the hood - a purist's dream.