Chevrolet Blazer on track for 2018 debut

The new Blazer will be markedly less rugged than its predecessors.

Chevrolet is preparing to resurrect the Blazer nameplate, but it's not gunning for Ford's born-again Bronco. The first Blazer in over a decade will be more of a laid-back, family-friendly crossover than a rugged SUV, according to a recent report.

Automotive News learned the Blazer will ride on the same platform as the GMC Acadia. It will slot between the Equinox and the Traverse in the Chevrolet lineup, which explains why the former got smaller and the latter got bigger.

Insiders suggest the Blazer will offer an optional third-row seat in spite of its relatively compact dimensions. The extra row will help it stand out from five-seater rivals like the Nissan Murano and the Ford Edge.

The base Blazer will use a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine rated at about 194 horsepower, while more powerful models will receive a version of the ubiquitous 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. Front-wheel drive will come standard, and all-wheel drive will be offered at an extra cost.

The Chevrolet Blazer will make its debut at a major auto show next year; we wouldn't be surprised to see the emblematic nameplate make a comeback in Detroit. Sales will begin in time for the 2019 model year.

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