Whereas GM already provides the Chevrolet Bolt EUV, a small crossover SUV, the Blazer is a a lot better-known title, and midsize crossovers are one of the crucial fashionable automobile varieties in America. Whereas it does not share parts with the gas-powered Blazer SUV, the EV is the same kind of Camaro-inspired efficiency automobile. aesthetic each inside and outside. (The final resemblance is to the present Blazer crossover, which is able to stay on sale alongside the EV, not the basic full-size Blazer SUV.)
The Blazer EV can be supplied in a high-performance Blazer SS model with all-wheel drive supplied by two electrical motors producing as much as 557 horsepower. With costs beginning at round $66,000, it will likely be the costliest model of the SUV and may have particular design options like a color-contrasting roof. Costs for the bottom front-wheel drive variations will begin at round $48,000 when the SUV goes on sale in the summertime of 2023.
It’ll compete in opposition to the Ford Mustang Mach-E, however with extra horsepower obtainable at barely larger costs. The Blazer additionally seems to be a usually extra sensible SUV than the sloping-back Mustang, which would seem to have extra restricted rear cargo house. (GM has not but launched cargo house measurements for the Blazer EV, however the automobile seems to have extra cargo house behind the rear seats.) Nonetheless, in contrast to the Mustang, the Blazer doesn’t have a entrance or “frunk” trunk. GM engineers defined that they believed it was higher to make use of the house underneath the hood for the entrance engine and ponderous digital gear, leaving as a lot house as attainable in the remainder of the automobile.
The entrance of the Blazer EV incorporates a horizontal gentle bar and a Chevrolet bowtie brand that additionally lights up. Often the sunshine is white, however when the SUV is charging, the colour modifications to gentle blue and the sunshine flashes and waves.
Inside, the Blazer EV has no push button begin. Like Teslas and another electrical automobiles, the automobile activates and is able to drive as quickly as the motive force sits within the entrance seat and presses the brake pedal. It additionally turns off as soon as the motive force exits the automobile and closes the door.
The Blazer EV’s digital gauge show and the bigger heart touchscreen show subsequent to it are mixed in a design much like some Cadillac fashions just like the Escalade. The appropriate aspect of the touchscreen curves towards the motive force to make it simpler to succeed in. The costlier RS and SS variations can be obtainable with two-tone inside colours and may have flat-bottom steering wheels much like these present in efficiency vehicles.
The Blazer EV may also be supplied in rear-wheel drive variations. It’s nearly remarkable for a automobile mannequin to be supplied in entrance, rear and four-wheel drive variations, because the mechanical complexity and bulk of the inner combustion engines and transmissions and their associated consumption and exhaust make it unsustainable. However the simplicity and compactness of electrical motors makes it attainable. Since EVs usually depend on separate motors to drive the entrance and rear wheels, it is merely a advertising query, relatively than an engineering problem, for an automaker to determine whether or not to supply front- or rear-wheel drive two-wheel drive variations. . . On this case, GM determined to easily give prospects all of the choices. Prospects who do not want four-wheel drive however need a sporty driving really feel can get rear-wheel drive. Those that need extra effectivity and security on moist or snowy roads, with out four-wheel drive, can get a front-wheel drive Blazer.
With totally different battery pack choices, the Blazer EV will be capable to drive as much as 320 miles on a single cost or, in cheaper variations, 247 miles. Excessive-output SS variations, with giant battery packs however extra emphasis on efficiency than effectivity, will drive as much as 290 miles on a cost.
GM can be engaged on a particular Police Pursuit model of the Blazer EV based mostly on the Blazer SS. That model, which can be obtainable solely to police departments, may have, amongst different issues, inside modifications that may permit the set up of particular laptop gear utilized by law enforcement officials.
The Blazer EV will quickly be joined by the Chevrolet Equinox EV, which GM plans to introduce in September. As with the fuel variations, the Equinox EV can be barely smaller and cheaper than the Blazer EV. GM has stated costs for that SUV will begin at round $30,000.