GM's electric assault will soon kick into high gear.
The Chevrolet Blazer is one of the best-looking crossovers around. Who would ever have thought that Camaro styling cues would translate so well to an SUV? Sure, it doesn't have the rugged, timeless aesthetic of the original, but that hasn't stopped buyers from snapping them up. But will it be as good when it becomes an electric crossover? Well, when General Motors announced the news that internal combustion would become a thing of the past for the SUV, without supplying any teaser images, we got to thinking about what the new EV crossover might look like, and what it might be packing under its hood, proverbially speaking.
We've taken a little inspiration from the teaser we saw of the Chevrolet Equinox EV a couple of weeks back, incorporating the fashionable full-width LED light bar with headlight clusters separate from the main signature element. We've also added a textured grille panel, a two-tone roof, and big wheels. In the rear, the lighting (which is an adaptation of the styling seen on the Equinox EV) once again connects each side of the crossover while a roof spoiler and roof rails are also featured. Finally, we've added flush door handles for a more modern look in line with the current EV design language chosen by Chevrolet. Basically, we expect that Chevrolet won't break the design rulebooks when electrifying the Blazer. Instead, expect Chevy to add some typical EV styling cues while retaining the lifted pony car feel of the existing SUV's design.
The 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV is set to arrive in the spring of 2023 to supplement other electric offerings like the Silverado EV. When GM announced this electric replacement for the Blazer at CES 2022, all we were told is its expected reveal date and that it would be based on the conglomerate's Ultium platform. Since the tri-motor setup that will underpin the GMC Hummer EV is thus far only destined for large vehicles like that, we expect the Blazer to utilize single- and dual-motor options, with the latter potentially offering as much as 580 horsepower. Various trims will be offered, and one of these will probably be an RS model, hopefully with more power and better handling than other models, not just a sportier look. As for the entry-level trim, it is expected to be priced from $35,000 as Chevrolet pushes towards the democratization of the EV. Either way, we'll find out more in the coming months as GM drip-feeds us information.