chevrolet blazer

 

What is a Chevrolet Blazer?

1.      As an answer to the Ford Bronco that arrived in fall 1965, the full size Blazer was introduced in fall 1968, on a shortened C/K pick-up 104” chassis, using its body panels, as an open off-roader, or with an available bolted hardtop, initially as four-wheel-drive only with a rigid front axle and leaf springs.  Rebodied models arrived for 1973 on a 106.5” wheelbase.  A new 2-door wagon body was used for 1992, with the wheelbase increased to 111.5” and independent front suspension for the 4wd as well, while for 1995 the Blazer was renamed Tahoe, when a 4-door body came on the pick-up’s 117.5” wheelbase, both sold as Grand Blazer in South America (Silverado in Mexico).

For details of the Grand Blazer gasoline and diesel engine, see the Global Mission books.

2.      The compact S-10 Blazer from fall 1982 was a 2-door wagon, on the shortened S-10 pick-up 100.5” chassis, with a (narrow) 4-door added in March 1990 on a 107” wheelbase and a body change by 1994, dropping the S-10 prefix, but again using the (wider) pick-up’s body panels and with rather narrow rear doors, contrarily to what Ford did with its highly successful Explorer with the 4-door on a more sizeable 111.9” wheelbase.  To enhance the looks, the Brazilians added a modest flare to the Blazer’s front and rear quarter panels, changed the body panels by 2001, and sold it until 2012.  Jinbei GM in China then built this early Brazilian Chevrolet Blazer from 2001 to 2004, while Indonesia built the American model as Opel Blazer (2/4dr) from 1995 to 2002, and hereafter the revised Brazilian model as Chevrolet Blazer.  The US Blazer re-introduced the Chevrolet make in South Africa in 1999.  The successor to the North American Blazer was the 2002 Trailblazer on a 113” chassis and rear coils instead of leaf springs.  Brazil made its own Trailblazer since 2013.

For details of the additional second generation Blazer’s two gasoline and two diesel engines used in Brazil, as well as the additional engine used in China and Indonesia, and for the first generation in Mexico, see the Global Mission books.

3.      The crossover Blazer came early 2019 in the United States, and by April 2020 in China with an extended rear overhang to accommodate two extra passengers in this 5-meter vehicle.  Just like the earlier Chevrolet Blazer that had ended 15 years before, the Chinese name is Kaitazhe (pioneer).  Initially was in China only available in the 2+3+2 seven-seat layout, with the center seat in the second row for short distances and transformable into a central armrest with cup holder.  A 5-seat variety came in August 2020.  The American model with a 112 mm shorter rear overhang is for five seats only with a similar second row.  Chevrolet's idea is to offer the 7-seat Blazer in markets where the Traverse is not available.  In this sense, Brazil is a strong candidate - even more coming from Mexico, due to the advantage of not paying import tax.  In the US, the entry-level 8-seat Traverse, on the C1 platform with the 8” longer wheelbase, is only $100 more expensive than the Blazer.

platform:

C1UC

Chevrolet Blazer

rear suspension:

5-link independent, coil springs

GM

GM

GM

curb weight from:

1728

kg

CSS

L850

HF6 II

wheelbase (cm):

286.3

4 cyl.

4 cyl.

V6

length from (cm):

486.2

DOHC

DOHC

DOHC

width (cm):

194.6

cc:

1998

2457

3649

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

dir. inj.

turbo

market:

USA/CDN

19.10-

19.01-

19.01-

fwd/awd

fwd

fwd/awd

9A

6A,19>9A

9A

172

143

228

kW

230

193

308

hp

350

255

368

Nm

24/23

23

21/21

mpg

Mexico

19.02-

fwd

9A

228

kW

308

hp

Colombia

19.06-

awd

9A

228

kW

310

hp

China

Chevrolet Blazer (Kaitazhe)

20.04-

curb weight from:

1835

kg

650T

wheelbase (cm):

286.3

fwd/awd

length from (cm):

499.9

9A

width (cm):

195.3

max kW

169

max hp

227

Nm

350

l/100 km

7.4/7.8

 

Output data are approximate.

                                                        

 

For more specifications on North American and worldwide Chevrolet SUVs and engines, see:
On a Global Mission: The Automobiles of General Motors International                                                         

 

 

Far East Auto Literature

30 September, 2020