GM’s answer to the growing array of electric crossovers is officially here with the 2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV. No, it’s not in any way related to the gasoline-powered Blazer currently on sale, but it shares a similar spunk in its design language. Chevy tells us it largely went for the Blazer EV name due to name recognition, but also because one day, the gasoline-powered Blazer could be phased out. GM suggests that when that day arrives, the Blazer EV would transition to simply being called “Blazer.”
We got to see a visual preview of the Ultium platform-based SS model’s design prior to this full reveal, but specs were slim to come by. Today, we have a small tranche to share, but GM is still holding back on a number of vitals as it continues to develop the car. Starting with the top-of-the-line SS performance model, Chevy promises 557 horsepower and 648 pound-feet of torque from the dual-motor performance all-wheel-drive setup. There’s no official 0-60 mph time yet, but GM says it will be under 4 seconds when in Wide Open Watts (WOW) mode. The SS also gets a performance braking system with Brembos up front, a “track-tuned” suspension and standard summer performance tires wrapping 22-inch wheels — all-season tires will be optional. Range for the SS is estimated to be approximately 290 miles. Of course, the SS is the most aggressive looking of all the Blazer EV trims, as it features a two-tone look and unique performance styling all around it.
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JOEL STOCKSDALE: We're at the Detroit Auto Show and this is the new Chevy Blazer SS EV. This will be the electric version of the Blazer. It'll be offered in a variety of trims. And the one that you see here is the Top Spec SS. This makes 557 horsepower and more than 600 pounds feet of torque.
It's got dual electric motors and all-wheel drive. And it'll be starting around $65,000. However, the Blazer range is much more expansive than just the SS model. There'll be a 1LT, a 2LT, and an RS. All of these come with different motor configurations. Base ones will have a single-front motor, but all-wheel drive is available as well with dual motors. And the RS is unique in the fact that it will be rear wheel drive with a single rear motor.
All the specs for those haven't been put out quite yet, but battery range, depending on the model, varies quite a bit as well. The base models will have a range of about 247 miles, while Top Spec Long Range SS will have more than 300 miles of range. Car has very curvy, very aggressive designs with some very interesting fender treatments, and especially the kind of Coke bottle-esque shape in the window line.
It's got a very stylish interior as well. It will be available with an 11-inch instrument cluster. And a more than 17-inch infotainment screen. This particular SS version is fitted with a very cool bright red leather interior.
The Blazer will be going on sale-- or going into production-- in 2023. First models will be the 2LT and RS models, followed by the 1LT in 2024. Now the base model, so the SS starts at around $65,000. The base models will start at a much more reasonable roughly $45,000. And that will put it in competition with the Ford Mustang Mach-E, the Hyundai IONIQ 5, Kia EV6, and a variety of others in the kind of mid-size electric crossover segment.