General Motors has unveiled the Chevrolet Blazer as its first mainstream fully-electric mid-size SUV. The Blazer was teased last month by GM CEO Mary Barra, when she posted an image of the new vehicle on social media, showcasing many notable design elements that make it stand apart from the current Blazer SUV. The vehicle was originally announced at CES earlier this year alongside the Chevy Equinox EV.
Like most automakers, General Motors has been busy electrifying many of its existing models, such as the Equinox Compact SUV and the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. In addition, GMC has started retailing the Hummer EV and announced an electric version of the Sierra Denali. Some other EVs in the company’s lineup include the Chevy Bolt, Cadillac Lyriq, and Celestiq.
While the Blazer EV shares its name with an existing gasoline-powered SUV, they are two entirely different vehicles based on different platforms. They also differ in terms of their design and performance. The Blazer EV is based on GM’s Ultium EV platform and is expected to compete with the likes of the Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, and Tesla Model Y. The vehicle will be produced at GM’s plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, where the gasoline-powered Blazer is currently assembled. It will be available for purchase in the summer of 2023.
The Blazer EV will be offered in multiple versions, including the range-topping all-wheel-drive ‘SS’ model powered by dual motors producing up to 557 horsepower and 648 lb-ft of torque. It will also offer the best performance among all the variants on offer, including a 0-60 time of less than four seconds. The SS will offer up to a 290-mile range and feature a $65,995 price tag. It will also come with distinguishing features like a dual-tone paint job.
Notwithstanding the pricey top-end model, the Chevy Blazer line will start at a relatively more modest $44,995 for the front-wheel-drive Blazer 1LT which will offer up to 247 miles of range. There will also be a 2LT model with FWD/optional AWD with a range of up to 293 miles. It will be priced starting at $47,595. Then there’s the RS which will sit just under the SS model and will be available in FWD, RWD, and AWD configurations. It will get an impressive range of up to 320 miles and a starting price of $51,995.
The Blazer EV will come with an 11.5 kW onboard AC charging module for home charging and up to 190 kW of fast-charging capabilities that the company claims will offer up to 78 miles of range in just 10 minutes. In terms of features, the vehicle will come with Chevrolet’s latest driver-assistance technologies, including Reverse Automatic Braking and Advanced Park Assist. The Chevrolet Blazer EV will also offer regenerative braking to improve driving range, as well as GM’s hands-free driver-assistance technology, Super Cruise.