I am one of those people whose attention is completely captured whenever Chevrolet releases something fresh. When I learnt that they were reintroducing the Chevrolet Blazer to the market this year, I was excited and curious to see what they had done to this great model whose history goes all the way back to 1969, leaving behind a trail of acclaimed models over the years. For those who might be new to this name, the Blazer was a typical “off road” vehicle back in the day before the SUV hype caught up with us. The 2019 Chevrolet Blazer has been dabbed the trendiest SUV in the market currently, attracting both young and old buyers since it was released. I wanted to get a closer look at the vehicle to see how they had reimagined it. The 2019 version of the Blazer is available in 5 Trims namely: 1LT, 2LT, 3LT, RS and Premier. Coming from a model that has always received immense positive reviews in the past, I wanted to get a closer look to decide whether the vehicle upheld its steady progress as an outstanding SUV. After days of waiting, my team and I finally got a chance to do a test drive of Chevrolet Blazer RS (sport trim) since the vehicle is currently available under different trims. After deciding on the location of the test drive, we set off to have our own first-hand experience of the SUV.
The first feature that caught my eyes on the first look of the Chevrolet Blazer was its striking sleek body design that immediately impressed my quite choosy attention. The Blazer has managed to keep its SUV look physically while still giving it the sleek sporty look similar to those of the company’s top rating sports car, the Chevrolet Camaro. The infusion of these two features makes Blazer stand out from all other SUVs in the market. The SUV possesses a bold and athletic look even from far, with its exterior features carefully designed to reflect Chevrolet’s magnificent modern designs. Physically, Blazer satisfies the appetite of many people who prefer cars with sporty designs while still enjoy a powerful and strong look. It is definitely a car that will have people turning heads in a parking lot full of other SUVs. Its styling is something worth commending for maintaining Camaro’s legendary muscle car appearance; it is simply way cooler than its competitors.
The front of the Blazer has Camaro’s lustrous design, with mind-blowingly slim and low-placed HID headlights placed slightly above the LED daytime running lamps. The open grille between the headlamps works so well in complementing the overall boldness of the vehicle. The hood has been well stylized with the bodyline curving in as it comes up instead of going just straight back, adding to the aggressive yet cohesive look of the SUV. Blazer has nice roof rails that can be fitted with cross bars to make room on the roof, just like many SUVs but still boasts of being shorter, adding up to its sporty design. The rear corner windows have a slim and trim pattern, peaking towards the end to give the car a beautiful floating roof appearance. On the rear end, the SUV does not disappoint. It is a flawless continuation of the overall cool design, with the same slim style of LED lamps.
In my opinion, echoing the design and style of the legendary Camaro, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer made the right decision since it dared the odds and introduced interesting features to the SUV market. It remains the most progressive Chevrolet crossover design theme. Its bold features clearly expressed by a wide stance, a high beltline, tight proportions and sensational sculpting. This, plus a truculent front end is complemented by a prominent character line that running along the side of the vehicle and dramatically goes up at the rear to join stylishly with a splendid roof spoiler. For those who love customization, the Blazer is adjustable to match your color preferences. The vehicle that I got to test for instance, has been customized in Kuwait, to accommodate Kuwait’s favorite color, a finishing of Black. This is therefore another advantage for those who want the freedom to choose how their vehicle looks. Another impressive thing about the Blazer is how the wheel arches are pronounced: the standard 18-inch aluminum rims are expandable to available 21-inch wheels on the RS and Premier. Overall, the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is overflowing with styling details that appeal to the modern crossover driver.
Getting inside the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer’s cabin, it is a clear reflection of the bold exterior theme with sporty cool looks. Just like its exterior, the interior, borrows a lot from the Camaro, and it looks like most of its ideas came straight from that car’s cockpit. If you are a fan of sport cars, especially the Camaro then you will definitely be impressed Blazer’s central stack of controls and oversized circular air vents that look exactly like those of the Camaro. The interior design of the Blazer is crafted to emphasize space and customer customization with a variety of styling choices available for the users for different models. The Blazer has other sporty details including a padded knee area and grab handles on the doors.
The finishing and material of the door panels is one feature that impressed me as soon as I got inside the car. There is high quality leather stretching from the armrest all the way to the door. The material used transitions to a softer, glossy plastic as you get inside to the dashboard. The RS trim has an 8-inch infotainment screen and the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 interface. We already know that this system has earned lots of accolades from critics for being user friendly through its easy and uncomplicated layout, clear graphics, responsive display as well as the popular convenient shortcut bar. In addition to those unmatched features, the system has enchanting elements such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and impressive four USB ports. The 2019 Blazer also offers other high-tech upgrades such as a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless charging, and a navigation system. The premium Bose sound system, which is arguably the best car sound system is also incorporated to the SUV, wrapping up the car’s entertainment system in style. Another interesting feature about the Chevrolet infotainment 3 system is its ability to remember different user’s preferences such as ambient lighting and audio settings.
The five-seat 2019 Blazer RS is reasonably comfortable and spacious with the second row boasting of more legroom than the average midsize SUVs available in the market today. The front seats are standard and manually adjustable while the reclining second row seats that can slide to adjust space when needed. In addition to this, Blazer offers luxe options, such as perforated leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats for customers who enjoy a little more luxury. The headroom in the vehicle, which has a considerably low roofline compared to other mid-size SUVs, is surprisingly imposing, especially when it comes with a sunroof. In terms of cargo space, the 2019 Blazer has a 30.5-cubic-feet hold, expandable to 64.2-cubic feet by folding the second row seats flat. There is an optional cargo management system also, that comes with a cargo fence as well as a floor-mounted rail system, which simplifies tasks such as loading things like backpacks and grocery bags, which I have to say is a clever feature they added up in this SUV.
After feeling the exterior and interior parts of the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS, It was time to get the real hand-on experience with the car I had already fallen in love with. We decided that it would be selfish to go on a test drive on our own, so we decided to invite our friend, and a member of the national squash team, AlRamzi, to join us and our photography team to do the test drive. We set this for the next day and we decided to take the car all the way to Boubayan Island, located across the new Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway. We agreed that this route would be good enough to help us feel test the car’s performance. I could tell that everyone in the team was as excited as I was. We couldn’t wait for the following day.
Now, before I get to the experience we had with the Blazer, let me enlighten you about a few performance stats you need to know about the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer.
Blazer features a standard 2.5L 4 cylinder engine on 1LT, and a standard 3.6L V6 engine on 2LT, 3LT, RS and Premier trims. The 2019 Blazer is available with two engine choices for you; 4 cylinder and V6. Both units come with an advanced 9-speed transmission as well as feature intelligent start/stop technology which stops the engine when the power is not required. Using the Traction Select feature available on all models, drivers are able to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode for different road conditions. The RS and Premier trims offer a more state-of-the-art twin-clutch AWD technology that really helps optimize traction for every condition by providing great performance in wet conditions, while providing advanced stability in dry weather. All these technologies brought together mean that the Blazer delivers an excellent balance of performance and fuel efficiency.
AWD Blazers come standard with a 3.6-liter V6 engine while FWD models can be fitted a with a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine. The Blazer’s 3.6-liter V6 produces impressive 305 horsepower and 365 Nm of torque which is more power than most of its competitors. It is also important to note that this engine is routed via a high-tech nine-speed automatic transmission, pairing the engine and transmission in a nice way. In addition to this great engine performance prowess, the Blazer’s steering, braking, and handling are all made for daily comfort.
Safety wise, Chevy is known for offering one of today’s most advanced safety features, and this is quite echoed by the 2019 Blazer. There are several safety options available for the Blazer such as blind spot-monitoring, rear parking sensors and rear-cross-traffic alert. More advanced safety features like 360-degree Surround Vision camera, adaptive cruise control and forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking are available for the RS and Premier trims of the Blazer. Other safety features worth noting on the Blazer are the Lane Change Alert, Rear Park Assist and a distance indicator. These safety measures integrated to its astonishing technology makes any driver comfortable of and confident of their safety when going out on the new Chevrolet Blazer.
After learning all that about the Blazer, it was now time for us to experience the vehicle and decide whether all the features I have explained above are reflected in the driving experience. After settling in the car with my friend, AlRamzi, the first comment we both had for this vehicle was the fact that it was comfortable. The spacious seats as well as the ambient feel of the interior are something worth your time and money. The ignition button I also noted was placed slightly above the usual area beneath the steering wheel, making it more accessible. The interior was generally roomy and quiet, which is quite commendable. Once started, the engine sounded great and boosted our morale as we prepared for takeoff. One thing that impressed me about the blazer was how it accelerated swiftly, with almost immediate thrust and responsive shifts. It gave me the feeling of driving a powerful yet friendly beast, which in a way describes the Blazer. Overall, the ride was splendid, with the SUV handling bumps well, thanks to its suspensions that also worked to minimize body movements and brought about a steady and firm feeling while driving through different landscapes. The ride was steady and smooth even on areas of the road that were twisty, hence complementing the vehicle’s outstanding handling and performance capabilities. The drive modes also worked well, changing the vehicle’s features to best handle various conditions. Its sporty appearance is also felt in the ride, working to give the SUV a solid and nimble feel. To wrap things up, I think the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer is a great reintroduction to the SUV market and definitely a trendsetter in terms of how it has successfully blended the sporty look of the Camaro with the SUV capabilities to bring a cool and fresh design that has been missing in most SUVs. This one is most definitely going to be a favorite for young people.
You can get the 2019 Chevrolet Blazer at a starting price of KD 8,999 at any Chevrolet Alghanim Showrooms, which is the official exclusive auto dealer for Chevrolet in Kuwait. With the purchase of your new Chevrolet car, you can benefit from 24/7 roadside assistance and 3 years/100,000 Km warranty
To further explore the all-new Chevrolet Blazer, please visit Chevrolet Alghanim showrooms located in Safat Al Rai, Shuwaikh, sharq and Fahaheel. Visitors are welcome from Saturday to Thursday from 8:30am 12:30pm and 4:30pm– 8:30pm or call their customer representatives at 1800022.
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