After teasing the public with small previews since March, General Motors has officially unveiled the 2024 Chevy Blazer EV, including trim details, estimated range and pricing. In addition to four different versions, GM is designing a police pursuit vehicle. Here’s what we’ve learned so far.
The public first caught wind of the Chevy Blazer EV at GM’s CES 2022 event. Although the all-electric Silverado was the focus of this presentation, GM CEO Mary Barra left the Las Vegas crowd with one last surprise at the end.
This is where we got our first look at the Blazer’s Super Sport (SS) trim – the first performance trim on any EV under the Chevy brand, but that’s about all we have. learned at the time. Last June, GM offered a more rugged preview of its Blazer EV, confirming that it would arrive as a 2024 model in the spring of 2023.
According a Tweet from Barra, the world would learn more on July 18. Well, here we are, and as promised, GM has shared lots of tasty new details about the Blazer EV and its four upcoming versions. Here is an overview of three of them to start with:
Chevy Blazer EV comes in four trims, plus PPV for cops
When we’ve covered limited Blazer EV details in the past, we’ve had specific questions about trim levels, lineup, whether it’ll be AWD, and of course, how much it’ll cost. Well, GM answered all of these questions, and then some in A press release coinciding with a first public event held in Los Angeles tonight.
Let’s start with the toppings themselves. In addition to the SS variant that was originally teased, the Blazer EV will arrive in three additional versions, each offering different engine configurations, lineups and interior designs. All versions are built on GM’s Ultium EV platform.
Although the SS is the only model with all-wheel drive as standard, it is an option available in two of the other three versions. Here’s how they compare side-by-side (including price).
|Chevy Blazer EV Trim||1LT||2LT||RS||SS|
|Powertrain (standard)||YOUR||YOUR||AT or
|All-wheel drive available?||Nope||Yes||Yes||–––|
|GM Estimated Range*||247km||293km||520km||290km|
Although we’ve learned a lot more about the different versions of the Blazer EV, the SS remains the focus of GM’s latest release. With standard AWD, the Super Sport EV is estimated to deliver 557 horsepower and 648 lb-ft of torque.
It is also compatible with Wide Open Watts (WOW) mode, which is similar to Watts to Freedom mode on the GMC Electric Hummer. GM estimates that the Blazer SS can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in less than four seconds. Here are some additional images, including a heads-up display (HUD):
Other cool features
Chevy also shared that the Blazer EV will be capable of reaching 11.5kW on Level 2 AC chargers and 190kW on DC fast chargers, which equates to about 78 miles of range in ten minutes. That being said, the automaker hasn’t specified which model(s) can achieve these charging rates.
We asked Chevy for clarification and were told these charging details would be revealed at a later date. In the meantime, here are some other cool features to look forward to:
- All-LED exterior lighting, with approach/leave choreographed animation on RS and SS
- Super Cruise hands-free driving technology available on compatible roads
- ADAS features such as automatic reverse braking and advanced parking assistance
- LT trims feature a monochromatic appearance
- RS features a black grille and other black accents
- SS has a unique front grille, two-tone color scheme including black roof and A-pillars
- Front lighting on RS and SS transmits charging status when EV is plugged in
- The tailgate can be opened hands-free when the key fob is recognized by the sensors in the rear
- Hands-free start – the driver simply presses the brake pedal after closing the door
Although it’s on the Ultium platform and part of GM’s Ultium Charge 360 network, Chevy made no mention of plug and charge capabilities on the Blazer in the press release. We asked GM to clarify and learned that the all-electric Blazer will in fact have Plug and Charge capabilities. Phew!
You Could Soon Get Pulled Over by the Police Driving a Chevy Blazer EV
In addition to the “civilian” models of the all-electric Blazer described above, Chevy is developing a model specifically designed for officers in blue called the Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV). According to version:
Based on the Blazer SS model, the Blazer EV PPV will have the largest Ultium battery in the lineup and will be available in rear-wheel drive or with a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system. The PPV will use high-performance Brembo Blazer SS front brakes to help ensure short stopping distances. The purpose-built Blazer EV PPV model features a police-specific interior designed for police officers with ample room to accommodate emergency gear and gear.
Chevrolet has also relayed its available builds that will offer a different lineup and design for fleet and commercial customers, so the Blazer EV looks versatile enough already. Let’s take a look inside, shall we?
Whichever trim level you choose, the Blazer EV interior features a 17.7-inch-diagonal touchscreen, an 11-inch-diagonal Driver Information Center in the dash, and LED lighting everywhere. From there, however, the interiors change quite a bit as you move up the trim hierarchy.
As you can see in the image comparison above, there is hardly any variation between the 1LT and 2LT versions of the Blazer EV, perhaps just slightly different seat materials. Look below. When you get to the RS you’ll see huge differences, and even more variations when you get inside the SS.
Here are some additional interior features:
- Two-row layout and flat floor provide ample space and storage options
- Standard ambient lighting with personalization function on RS and SS versions
- Unique RS and SS trim and design elements
- Blue and red contrast stitching on the RS
- Available sueded microfiber seats on SS, Adrenaline Red seating surfaces and Argon Orange accents
- Heated and ventilated front seats on RS and SS, as well as heated outboard rear seating positions which are standard on SS and available on RS as an option
- Heated steering wheel on RS and SS
- Sculpted vents inspired by turbines
Chevy Blazer EV reservations and delivery times
We’ve already shared “how much”, but naturally your next question has to be “when?” To top it all off, Chevy has shared the Blazer EV sales/production schedules as follows:
The start of sales starts in the summer of 2023 with the 2LT ($47,595) and RS ($51,995) versions. The SS ($65,995) will follow later in 2023, followed by the 1LT ($44,995) and PPV in the first quarter of 2024.
The electrified Blazers will be built at GM’s production facility in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, where the combustion versions of the Blazer are currently being produced. Blazer EV reservations are now available at Chevrolet website. Want more Blazer? Check out Chevy’s detailed video below:
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