GM is bringing back the Chevy Blazer

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The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer hits dealerships in mid-2019. The smaller one was discontinued in 2005 and essentially replaced by the Chevrolet Equinox crossover SUV.

We've enjoyed driving the Traverse and the Equinox and are looking forward to taking the Blazer out for a test run.

It's not just about size, though, said Michael Simcoe, GM's global head of design. The Blazer name was attached to some of Chevy's earliest SUVs, and has always been associated with old-school ruggedness.

As Chevy puts it, "It looks commanding on the road, while fulfilling the promise of versatility at the heart of every Chevy crossover and SUV". At the front it takes on a distinctly sporty attitude, with thin and focused headlights, a huge front grille, with large side clusters. The high ride stance of the Blazer is offset by the relatively narrow wheel well gaps. Wheels are pushed to the corners, especially at the rear, promising good handling and muscular performance. Regardless of engine choice, power is sent to the drive wheels via 9-speed automatic transmission.

Chevy is additionally pressing the new Blazer with heaps of innovation, for example, an electronic-locking glovebox, remote charging, six USB ports, a sans hands control liftgate standard on the RS and Premier, accessible, versatile voyage control, and accessible programmed warmed guiding haggle warmed/ventilated seats that work with the remote begin.

Blazers will be front-wheel drive by default with all-wheel drive as an option.

On the Blazer RS and Premier, meanwhile, the AWD system uses a twin-clutch. The latter setting is driver-selectable. The Blazer is practical, too, thanks to a cargo management system and up to 64.2 cubic feet of trunk space with the rear seats folded flat. The rear seating will be adjustable (slide/tilt).

The Blazer's maximum trailering load is an estimated 4,500 pounds with the V-6 engine. This will include Chevrolet's "Hitch View" feature on the rearview camera for lining up the trailer hitch to a trailer. The safety features are active in their nature.

While Chevrolet didn't announce the Blazer's full feature set, it said all models will feature an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with 4G LTE connectivity that enables a Wi-Fi hotspot. With the pending return of the Bronco, you might think that Chevrolet has rolled out a modern Blazer to go toe-to-toe in the mud with the new Ford and the Jeep Wrangler, but you would be wrong.

Chevrolet will reveal more details and pricing of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer closer to the start of its production.