Why the 320-mile Chevrolet Blazer EV is worth the wait
Chevy just released details of its upcoming Blazer EV. And according to our first impressions, this future electric SUV from the American manufacturer shows excellent potential. For example, one of the most exciting things to note about the electrified Blazer is that it’s not just a derivative of its gas-powered counterpart. Rather, it is an all-new vehicle based on Chevrolet’s Ultium platform.
The Blazer EV offers a stunning exterior design and comes across as a decent package when we take into account the number of features, its transmission capacity and the safety equipment it offers. With a wide range of trim lines on offer, Chevrolet is trying to position the Blazer EV in several segments.
The Blazer EV won’t go on sale until the summer of 2023. However, with several electric SUVs currently available on the market, is this Chevrolet worth the wait? In our opinion, it is!
Here are some crucial reasons why we believe the Chevrolet Blazer EV should be at the top of your shopping list and why it’s worth the wait.
Blazer EV’s Ultium platform is truly ultimate
The Blazer EV’s Ultium platform is nothing short of an engineering masterpiece. Combination of battery and motor, it has been designed in such a way that it offers various combinations depending on the final result we are looking for in terms of type of training and autonomy. This has allowed GM to offer different drivetrain and range options on the Blazer EV, allowing customers to choose exactly what they want in terms of driving experience.
What’s interesting to note here is that the inspiration for this platform’s versatility came from GM’s own Camaro. The flagship American sports car comes in various configurations: from a convertible with a 4-cylinder turbo to a full-fledged supercharged V8. Based on this concept, the Blazer EV will also be offered in several drivetrain configurations.
The base 1LT trim will get a front-wheel-drive setup as standard and offer a range of 247 miles on a single charge. Up above will be the 2LT version, which will also get a standard front-wheel-drive configuration with a range of 293 miles. However, this trim can also be configured with AWD.
Moving up the ranks we get the RS version of the Blazer EV. Now, as standard, this too comes with a front-wheel-drive setup. But thanks to the flexibility of the Ultium platform, Chevrolet offers this version with either a RWD or AWD configuration. The RS version offers the maximum range of the Blazer EV range, which is 320 miles.
SS Rank Packs Of Blazer EV In A Big Punch
In addition to the grades mentioned above, the Blazer EV also receives SS trim. This has positioned itself as the performance-oriented model of this electric SUV. It will only be available with an all-wheel-drive configuration and will have an estimated range of 293 miles. While GM hasn’t released performance specs for the other Blazer EV grades, it does say the SS version will produce nearly 557 horsepower.
It will also feature a Wide Open Watts mode in which this SUV can do 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds. Additionally, it comes with several visual updates to differentiate the SS grade from the rest of the Blaze EV lineup. For example, it has a contrasting black roof, wider rims and an aggressive front fascia. Additionally, exclusive SS features can be seen inside the cabin, as this category comes with red leather upholstered seats and SS badging.
Blazer EV’s cabin is spacious and tech-packed
In addition to its drivetrain capabilities, the benefits of the Ultium platform are also visible inside the Blazer EV cabin. Designers took advantage of this vehicle’s slimmer and wider proportions, allowing them to use space more ergonomically.
With the second row of seats folded down, this electric SUV offers 59.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Other practical features of this vehicle include split-folding rear seats and a power-lifting tailgate. The Blazer EV will feature different interior upholstery color combinations depending on the trim levels you have chosen. While the RS and SS will be available with a choice of bright red, the base LT trim will be offered a more subdued all-black interior.
The highlight of the interior of this electric SUV must be its two diagonal screens. One is an 11-inch driver information display, while the other is a 17.7-inch infotainment system. The latter is slightly inclined towards the driver to offer better user-friendliness. Additionally, Blazer EV cabin highlights include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, circular turbine-style air vents and a panoramic sunroof.
All versions of this electric SUV come standard with Chevrolet’s standard security suite. This includes driver-assist features such as automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams, and enhanced automatic park assist, among others. In addition, some versions will also be offered with Chevrolet’s Super Cruise self-driving technology.
Blazer EV will go on sale from summer 2023
The 2LT and RS grades of the Chevrolet Blazer EV will go on sale in the summer of 2023. The SS performance specification will follow in the fall of 2023. While the base 1LT will only be available in the winter of 2023. Pricing of the 1LT, 2LT, RS, and SS priced around $44,995, $47,595, $51,995, and $65,995, respectively.