Chevrolet reveals all-new 2024 Blazer EV
Chevrolet has taken the wraps off the brand's next all-electric vehicle, the 2024 Blazer EV. The new vehicle shares a name with the existing Blazer SUV, but that's all. The new electric crossover is lower, wider, and more aggressively styled than the existing Blazer, and shares no parts with its gasoline-fueled counterpart.
The new Blazer will be built on General Motors' Ultium platform, designed specifically for use with electric vehicles. The Ultium chassis is designed to encase the batteries in the floor of the vehicle, and can accommodate electric motors at the front, rear, or at both ends of the vehicle.
Further, the Ultium platform is scalable, and is already in use on the much larger GMC Hummer EV. The Blazer EV will be produced at GM's Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, production facility, which also manufactures the current gasoline-fueled Blazer.
Four trim level choices
Taking full advantage of Ultium's flexibility, the new Blazer will be available with the buyer's choice of front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, or all-wheel-drive. Chevrolet will offer four distinct trim levels to the public, ranging in price from $44,995 to $65,995.
The four trim levels include 1LT, 2LT, RS, and SS. LT trims will feature a single-color appearance and standard 19-inch wheels, while the RS strikes a sportier presence with a black grille and other black accents, along with standard 21-inch wheels.
The top-of-the-line SS trim offers an aggressive aesthetic, with a two-tone color scheme featuring a black roof and A-pillars over the body color, standard 22-inch wheels and a sport-luxury interior. SS trim also offers buyers an exclusive performance AWD propulsion configuration designed to produce up to 557 horsepower and up to 648 lb-ft of torque, and unique WOW (Wide Open Watts) mode enabling 0-60 acceleration in about 4 seconds, based on GM estimates.
All trims will include an extra-large 17.7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen infotainment and cabin control. A large 11-inch-diagonal color Driver Information Center in the instrument cluster complements the central touchscreen.
Range and recharging
The Blazer EV's full-charge driving range will depend on the trim level. The base 1LT trim will offer a 247-mile range and front-wheel-drive. The 2LT trim will travel 293 miles and will be available with front-wheel or all-wheel-drive. The RS trim will have the longest range at 320 miles, and will be offered with front, rear, or all-wheel-drive. The powerful Blazer EV SS will have 290 miles of range and will come equipped with all-wheel-drive.
When it comes to charging performance, the Blazer EV comes with an 11.5 kW onboard AC charging module for home charging and public charging, along with high-speed DC public fast-charging capability of up to 190 kW, enabling recharging of up to 78 miles of range to be added in approximately 10 minutes.
Availability and reservations
Chevrolet is planning a phased rollout of the Blazer based on trim levels. The mid-grade 2LT and RS trims will go on sale in summer 2023, priced starting around $47,595 and $51,995, respectively. The SS is planned to arrive later in 2023, priced starting around $65,995, followed by the 1LT and a fleet model early in 2024. The 1LT will be priced starting around $44,995. Additional details and ordering information will be available closer to the start of production. However, reservations are available now at www.chevrolet.com.
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