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Chevrolet Blazer EV Coming In Summer 2023 To Challenge Mach-E, Model Y And Bad Guys

Chevrolet Blazer EV Coming In Summer 2023 To Challenge Mach-E, Model Y And Bad Guys

General Motors is preparing for 2023 as a crucial year

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV RS

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The company plans to switch its entire lineup to electrification. Three of Chevrolet's most popular nameplates, Silverado and Equinox, will be powered by EVs before the year ends. For very different reasons, the Equinox and Silverado are the most important entries. However, the Blazer will be the anchor of the middle slot against tough competition.

Chevrolet's cash cow, the Silverado, is Chevrolet's volume leader. It will compete directly with the Ford F-150 Lightning and Ram 1500 EV.
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Cybertruck. The compact crossover segment has grown to be the largest segment other than trucks. Although it is not the market leader, Equinox is still a popular choice. The target price for the electric version, which will start at $30,000, should make it an affordable entry point into this key segment. It is also the vehicle that truly brings EVs mainstream.

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV SS


The Blazer, which was a prominent feature on Chevy's two-door SUVs for decades, has been revived as a midsize crossover in 2019. It is now known as the Camaro. Although it doesn't have the same volume as the Equinox and three-row Traverse, the higher price makes it an attractive business case. It makes sense that Chevrolet would also want an electric entry, given the success of the similar-sized Tesla Model Y and Ford Mustang Mach-E.

The 2024 Blazer, like all GM's new EVs will use the Ultium electric propulsion systems, which includes batteries, motors and power electronics, as well as a heat pump-based climate control system. According to Chevrolet's preliminary specifications, the vehicle is clearly targeted at the Mach-E with almost identical driving ranges as well as price points.

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

Chevrolet has not yet provided any details on the Blazer EV. However, it was clearly comparable in size to both the Mach-E, Model Y, and had a distinctive look during a background briefing before the unveil. It will be approximately six inches longer than the Ford Blazer and Tesla, and five inches shorter that the Cadillac Lyriq.

Chevy designers chose to retain a wagon-like profile, which is more like traditional SUVs but very different from the ICE Blazer. The EV's rear beltline is not upwardly sloping, and has a thicker rear pillar. It instead has more glass wrapping around, which allows for better visibility.

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV ss

The Blazer has a grille that looks similar to the Tesla's front but is blanked. The faux grille, which is the body color of the base LT trims but framed in black, helps break up the monotony found on the Tesla. Chevrolet relies on lighting signatures for the character, as with other new EVs. The Blazer's front signature lighting bears an uncanny resemblance with the "Thor's Hammer" lights on the current Volvo and Polestar models. Chevrolet designers explained that they have retained the dual element cue from the current Chevy grilles, but in the two-part light arrangement. It looks great and matches the sporty nature of the Blazer, even though it isn't particularly original.

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV LT

Blazer's flanks are a continuation of the ICE model's sculpting and have a deep scallop that looks a bit like a vent behind the front wheels. This is the driver's side and serves as a charge port that opens when touched. It looks very similar to the Cadillac Lyriq unit. It's a distinctive look that offers an alternative to Model Y and Mach-E, with the exception of the lights.

The Blazer EV's interior is a significant improvement over its ICE predecessor. Although the SS model we saw was on display, there were some color options. The LT and RS trims will have similar materials and fit and finish. The current model's round vents are preserved and have interesting fluting around their perimeter. These vents can be manipulated directly without having to look, unlike Tesla's hidden vents which must be adjusted via the touchscreen interface. This is a major advantage when driving.

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV SS

The instrument cluster is made up of an 11-inch display and a central touchscreen measuring 17.7 inches. It can be tilted slightly towards the driver. This vehicle, like other new GM cars, features Android Automotive's infotainment system. It also includes Google Assistant.

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To download apps directly from Assistant, Maps, and Play Store, you can use the Play store. For those who prefer an Apple
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You can also use wireless CarPlay.

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV SS

The Lyriq/Mach-e's floor is flat, and five adults can fit between the rows. Like the Cadillac, the rear leg space is especially spacious. Although the liftgate was not working on the car in question, cargo space should be ample. However, unlike the Cadillac, there's no trunk. Chevrolet has added a unique feature to the tailgate that will automatically open when approached by a key fob. This allows you to move your foot freely below the rear bumper.

An electric propulsion system has a number of advantages. It is very simple to combine components for different uses. Blazer EV takes advantage of this more than any other EV or GM vehicle. This model will be the first to offer GM the option of rear-drive, front-wheel drive, or all-wheel drive. The base 1LT comes with a front motor, while the middle RS has the option of any combination. Only the top-end SS will be available in a dual motor configuration with up to 648 lb-ft and 557 hp.

2024 Chevrolet Blazer EV

GM's Ultrium drive unit family includes five sizes and outputs, with the highest model generating between 330-340-hp. This motor is used in the Lyriq's rear axle and on the Hummer in a triple configuration. Blazer's next units at each axle would be about 275 hp each. This would give you 77 horsepower and 14 lb-ft less than the Mach E GT.

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Performance edition, over 100 horsepower more than the Model Y performance

Chevrolet projects a Blazer's 0-60 time of fewer than 4 seconds. This would be comparable to its rivals, even though it has more power and torque. The Blazer will likely be several hundred pounds heavier than the Ford and Tesla, which weigh in at 4,989 lbs and 4,555 lbs, respectively. The Lyriq is over 5,600 lbs, while the Blazer likely weighs somewhere in between.

The Blazer EV will come with at least two battery capacities, just like the Ford. Chevrolet hasn't yet revealed the exact sizes, but the top model will likely have the same 12-module 100-kWh configuration as the Cadillac. This setup can deliver 320 miles with the RWD setup. The smaller version will likely be 10 modules that have a capacity of 80-kWh. These are slightly larger than Mach-E equivalents. The FWD Blazer base model is expected to have 247 miles range. This is exactly the same as what the EPA ratings for the base Mach E.

The Blazer, like other GM Ultium-based EVs, will use GM's heat pump energy recovery system to heat and cool, increasing overall efficiency and compensating for some of the weight disadvantages GM has with its EVs.

GM has a faster-charging speed than Ford, but not Tesla. Blazer EV supports 240V AC home charging up to 11.5-kW and DC quick charging up to 190-kW. This is in addition to the 7.7-kW or 150-kW of Mach-E.

The Blazer, like other new GM cars, will be available with the hands-free Super Cruise driving assistance system. This system is still the best on the market, and it now has both automatic and on-demand lane-changing capabilities. The Blazer, like the Lyriq, will receive the most recent version of the system. It is currently transitioning to the Qualcomm Snapdragon Ride computing platform. Although the Lyriq already has the hardware, GM engineers continue to work on software updates. Customers will be able to update the feature over the air in the latter part of the year. It will be available as soon as the Blazer launches.

Software-wise, the Blazer EV is one of the first GM EVs that will use the Ultifi platform. Ultifi, a platform for software development that separates the underlying hardware from applications, was first announced in fall 2021. Through programming interfaces (APIs), it allows access to vehicle data, from actuators and sensors to applications. These APIs can be used by GM engineers to build applications like Super Cruise, infotainment, and propulsion control. They can also be maintained regardless of hardware changes. Third-party developers will be able also to use the same APIs. This is part of the transition towards a software-defined vehicle for GM.

The Blazer EV will come in five versions. There are three options for the Blazer EV: 1LT, 2LT, and RS. Chevrolet will be the first North American automaker to offer a police package for an EV and the Blazer police pursuit car. Ford included the Mach-E GT stock Mach-E GT in its fall 2021 testing program, but police discovered a few issues that needed to be addressed before they considered it for use. Ford appears to be working on a police Mach-E, but this has not been publicly announced.

The Blazer EV will also be made at the same Ramos Arizpe plant, Mexico, where the ICE Blazer was produced. The middle 2LT trim and RS trims will go on sale in the summer of 2023 at $47,595 & $51,995, respectively. The high-performance SS will be available later in the year at $65,595. The base 1LT will be $44,995 in the first quarter of 2024. These prices may seem slightly more expensive than the Mach E, but GM includes delivery costs in its pricing. The equivalents are almost the same, and Mach E prices will likely rise when the Blazer arrives. The Blazer EV PPV will launch around the same time and GM does not announce pricing for the fleet models.

The Blazer Electric Vehicle appears to be well-positioned to become an integral part of Chevrolet's EV line. Although it's unlikely that it will be the most popular in the lineup, it will likely be a much more profitable option than the Equinox EV. It also offers real performance options until the brand decides whether an electric Camaro will be produced to complement the upcoming Corvette battery-powered model.

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